Some early retirees would be broke within a year

By Staff | June 18, 2015 | Last updated on June 18, 2015
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If forced to retire early, it would take just five years for 40% of middle-aged people to run out of money, finds a survey by Investors Group.

Two of every five people aged 45-64 wouldn’t be able to cover their cost of living beyond five years if they had to retire unexpectedly and 16% say they would last less than a year. About two-thirds of pre-mature retirements are related to personal or family health issues.

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“When faced with sudden retirement, your previous retirement savings goals and payment plan fall by the wayside and a new strategy must be developed to reflect your current assets and opportunities to generate income,” says Tim Cottee, vice president, Retiree Planning, of Investors Group.

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At their current pace of saving and investing, 36% of people surveyed say they wouldn’t be able to live the retirement lifestyle they pictured for themselves if they stopped working early.

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CPP or OAS would be the primary or secondary source of retirement income for 83% of people, followed by RRSPs/RRIFs (73%), their company pension plan (56%), investment income (46%), earned income (42%), other investments (36%), and support from others (17%).


Only 22% of people between 45 and 64 years old have critical illness insurance and long-term care insurance. Medical costs and loss of income can impact retirement savings and leave family members in a difficult situation if those suffering haven’t equipped themselves with the proper insurance.

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