Latest survey reveals uncertainty in Canada’s ‘unretirement’ landscape

Less certainty about covering basic living expenses in retirement. Less inclination to work with an advisor. Less tendency to put financial plans in writing.

These are among the less-than-rosy results from the fifth annual 2013 Sun Life Canadian Unretirement™ Index, a survey that tracks working Canadians’ confidence, expectations and concerns about retirement.

“The dream of being able to afford a full retirement at age 66 is declining among Canadians and it’s being replaced by the reality that many people expect to be working beyond the traditional retirement age,” says Kevin Dougherty, President, Sun Life Financial Canada.

“The aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008 has had a lasting impact with more Canadians expecting they will need to work longer as a result.”

Specific findings of this year’s survey confirm that:

  • 71 per cent of Canadians are somewhat or not at all confident about meeting basic living expenses in retirement.
  • Almost one-third of Canadians are not at all confident they’ll have enough money for medical expenses.
  • Nearly 8 in 10 Canadians don’t have a written plan.
  • Fewer than one-third of Canadians currently work with an advisor, yet many feel they lack the financial knowledge needed to plan for retirement.

But that’s not all it confirms. Canadians’ uncertainties and lack of planning also reinforce the need for knowledgeable, holistic advice in a rapidly growing marketplace.

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About the 2013 Sun Life Canadian Unretirement™ Index

The 2013 Sun Life Canadian Unretirement™ Index explores the outlook and behaviour of working Canadians between the ages of 30 and 65. For the fifth annual poll (conducted by Ipsos Reid between November 29 and December 6, 2012, on behalf of Sun Life Financial), 3,017 working Canadians shared their views about retirement. The term “unretirement” reflects the growing trend away from early retirement and working past the traditional retirement age of 65.

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