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Saving for retirement has taken a back seat to debt repayment for 40% of Ontario residents, says a 2014 study.

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It adds 21% of people polled want to erase all debts first. Another 19% are focusing on their mortgages, while 10% prefer to boost their spending limits between paycheques.

Of the 21% who are focusing on debts, more than half (51%) say they can’t afford to tackle both repayment and saving, and 49% say retirement isn’t yet a priority for them.

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The study also shows:

  • RRSPs (75%), workplace pension plans (58%) and TFSAs (50%) are the most popular retirement savings products held by Ontarians;
  • Ontarians plan to retire at 62 years of age, while current retirees, on average, retired at 59 years of age;
  • 41% of those who have not yet retired say they’re confident they’re on track to retire at the age they want; and
  • nearly one-in-five Ontarians (18%) expect an inheritance to help with their retirement needs.

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Originally published on Advisor.ca

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