Only a Quarter of Americans Are Very Confident About Retirement, Reveals New Consumer Retirement Index from Lincoln Financial Group and CivicScienceSource: Business Wire
Index measures how working-age Americans feel about being able to retire when they choose and having enough money to live comfortably for the rest of their lives
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Only a quarter of Americans are very confident about retirement, reveals new Consumer Retirement Index from
Based on measurements from the first quarter of 2019, the
The Index assesses how Americans feel about retirement based on three monthly tracking questions, each of which measures an aspect of consumer confidence in retirement:
1. Being able to accumulate enough money to retire when they want
2. Being able to convert savings into retirement income that will last for their lifetime
3. Having enough money to maintain their lifestyle in retirement
“The Consumer Retirement Index takes into account that multiple factors
can influence someone’s sense of confidence about their retirement,”
National Retirement Planning Week is the perfect time for Americans to focus on becoming more confident about their retirement, by taking these four steps:
Step 1: Save for the future
Many employers offer benefits that can help employees prepare for tomorrow, whether it’s saving for retirement through an employer-sponsored plan like a 401(k) or protecting their income from the unexpected with insurance coverages like disability, critical illness and accident insurance.
More than 6 in 10 retirement plan participants understand that they should be saving at least 10 percent of their salary to stay on track, and 43 percent believe they need to save 15 percent or more – which aligns with general industry recommendations. However, only 42 percent of savers are saving at least as much as they think is necessary – so savers should consider increasing their contribution to their employer-sponsored retirement plan and continue increasing it every year.2
Step 2: Turn savings into income
Lincoln’s research shows that as investors age and get closer to retirement, their focus on investment growth and ensuring their income will last through retirement increases. Almost two-thirds of Americans over 45 years old indicate that retirement income is part of their financial plan.3
More Americans are approaching and entering retirement, creating an urgent need for solutions that offer protected lifetime income and can help ensure a more secure financial future. Annuities can play an important role in offering savers the potential to grow and safeguard a portion of their savings from market ups and downs, while also helping to provide a greater certainty about their income in retirement.
Step 3: Keep protection in mind
It’s just as important to protect against unforeseen events – more than one in two people turning 65 are expected to need some form of long-term care support and services in their lifetime.4
Today there are many different types of long-term care funding solutions available in the market that can help mitigate the costs of care events, including hybrid life insurance/long-term care products and riders that can be added to annuity and life insurance products.
Lincoln offers an interactive map detailing the costs of the various types of care in each state at www.WhatCareCosts.com. Visitors can use sponsor code “Lincoln” to access this important information.
Step 4: Start with a conversation
Meeting with a financial professional can be a simple first step in the planning process, and helps savers identify the benefits of the many solutions available in the marketplace.
New research from Lincoln on financial planning shows investors who work with an advisor are more likely to have a financial plan, have significantly higher levels of familiarity with planning and investing, and a greater willingness to assume some level of risk to achieve better returns.5
More information about the Consumer Retirement Index and quarterly Index measurements can be found on Lincoln’s website.
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1 Lincoln Financial & CivicScience Consumer Retirement Index.
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2 2019 Lincoln
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