Four-in-ten boomers had less than six months notice before they retired
TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Many (85 per cent) pre-retired Boomers
with financial assets of $100,000 or more believe they will have the choice of when to retire, however, only 62 per cent of retired Boomers
actually did have the choice, according to the third annual RBC Retirement Myths and Realities Poll.
"Most Canadians assume they will decide when to retire, but what if that
isn't the case?" said Amalia Costa, head, Retirement Strategies, RBC.
"There are enough uncertainties in life -- knowing what to expect in
retirement doesn't have to be one of them."
The RBC poll found that Boomers don't always have much lead time in
advance of their retirement date. In fact, one-in-five (20 per cent)
retired Boomers knew one month or less before their actual retirement
that they were going to retire and 42 per cent had less than six months
notice before they retired.
"The surprising number of people facing unexpected retirement highlights
the critical importance of starting lifestyle and financial planning
early," said Roger Mannell, director of the RBC Retirement Research
Centre at the University of Waterloo and a professor of recreation and
leisure studies, public health, and gerontology. "As someone who not
only studies successful aging, but who is retiring within a year, I've
given much thought to my retirement. Many may be thinking of retirement
as a vacation without yet having planned for the health, lifestyle, and
financial considerations of the next 20 to 30 years of their retired
life. Although important, vacations are only part of the mix - it's
important to plan for key aspects of your day-to-day living."
The poll also found that for those retired Boomers who felt their
retirement came at the right time, the majority (78 per cent) say they
wanted to enjoy an active retirement while their health was good. Being
healthy was cited as the main reason for the timing of their
retirement, ahead of having enough money (34 per cent) or being unhappy
at work (25 per cent).
"Good health remains a top priority in retirement planning and you need
to consider how this impacts your finances," added Costa. "When we work
with individuals who are preparing for their retirement, we consider
both their lifestyle and financial situation, as a good financial plan
needs to include both. While you can't always control the timing of
your retirement, you can control how prepared you are by knowing what
About the RBC Myths & Realities Poll
The third Annual RBC Retirement Myths & Realities Poll, which examines
Canadians' expectations and experiences in retirement, was conducted by
Ipsos Reid from February 24 to March 12, 2012. For this survey, a
national sample of 2,833 adults aged 50 and over with household assets
of at least $100,000 from Ipsos' Canadian online panel was interviewed
online. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and
a 100 per cent response rate would have an estimated margin of error of
±2 percentage points 19 times out of 20 of what the results would have
been had the entire population of adults in Canada been polled. All
sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error,
including, but not limited to, coverage error and measurement error.
About the RBC Retirement Research Centre at the University of Waterloo
The RBC Retirement Research Centre at the University of Waterloo focuses on research related to areas that influence quality of life in
retirement including health, leisure, wellness, lifestyle, finances,
economics, science, arts and technology. The centre's resources are
available by visiting www.rbc.com/retirementcentre. The centre complements the distinctive RBC Your Future by Design® approach to help Canadians identify, plan, and realize their goals for
retirement. With the guidance of RBC financial planners, Your Future by Design helps Canadians create a blueprint for a
successful lifestyle and financial plan for retirement - one that's
based on what is truly important to them in key areas in life,
including family, health, home, lifestyle, work/business, mind and
spirit, and legacy. To find out more about how RBC can help build a
blueprint for the future, visit www.rbc.com/yourfuture.
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