Retirement and Longevity
Just over half (56%) of Americans say they’re financially prepared to live to the age of 75, yet 10% expect to work into their 80s, according to Northwestern Mutual’s 2013 Planning & Progress study.
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On average, pre-retirees say they will retire at age 68, even though the mean age of retirement among those already retired is 59.
Looking closer at the breakouts, it’s clear the number of Americans expecting to retire young is very small, while the number expecting to work into their 70s and 80s is considerable. Specifically:
- 6% expect to retire before the age of 60
- 52% expect to retire in their 60s
- 32% expect to retire in their 70s
- 10% expect to retire in their 80s
Meanwhile, when Americans were asked about their financial preparedness, based on their current situation, future prospects and long-term plans:
- 56% said they’re prepared to live to the age of 75;
- 44% said they’re prepared to live to the age of 85; and
- 35% said they’re prepared to live to the age of 95.
Yet, there’s a 50 percent chance that a 65-year-old man today will live beyond age 87 and that a 65-year-old woman will live beyond age 90. If they’re married, there’s a 50 percent chance that one of them will live beyond age 94. (Annuity 2000 table)
In other findings, half (51%) of Americans say they are less financially secure than they thought they’d be at this point in their lives. Overall, just over four in ten (43%) Americans currently feel financially secure, while one in three (32%) do not feel financially secure, and the remaining quarter falls in the middle, not feeling strongly secure or insecure.
The study defined “financial security” as “a feeling of confidence that you will achieve the financial goals you have for yourself or your family through the actions you are currently taking.
Within the study, several subgroups emerge as being among the least financially secure in America.
62% of single Americans say they’re less secure than they thought they’d be by now, compared to 43% of married people who say the same.
Those with children under 18 are less financially secure now (56%) compared to where they thought they’d be, whereas those with older children (49%) or no children (49%) feel slightly more secure.
Gen Y (59%) and Gen X (63%) are less secure now than they thought they’d be, but the Mature Generation (36%) is more likely to say they are just where they thought they’d be or are more secure than they thought they’d be.