CIBC Poll: Majority of Canadian Retirees happy with retirement today - but
worried about running out of money over the long term
Some retirees vulnerable to short term financial shocks, and have long term
concerns about making their money last
TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - A new CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) poll conducted
by Leger Marketing reveals that most of Canada's retirees feel positive about
their current finances in retirement, saying they are living the retirement
they hoped for today. However, some retirees are concerned they won't be
able to sustain their lifestyle over the long term and worry that they will
run out of money at a future date.
Key poll findings include:
-- 69 per cent of retired Canadians said they are currently living
the retirement they hoped for.
-- However, 28 per cent said they are afraid of running out of
money for their retirement over the longer term.
-- Regionally, retirees in Quebec and Manitoba and Saskatchewan
were among the most likely to say they are currently living the
retirement they planned for (74 per cent), while retirees in
British Columbia were among the least likely (60 per cent).
-- British Columbia retirees were among the most likely (45 per
cent) to say they are afraid of running out of money for their
retirement, while Atlantic Canadians were among the least
likely (21 per cent)
"While it is positive to see that a majority of retired Canadians are living
the retirement they hoped for, our poll findings also show there is concern
around whether their retirement savings will sustain them in the years to
come," said Christina Kramer, Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution
and Channel Strategy, CIBC. "There are some unique factors facing today's
retirees as they look to the years ahead, including low interest rates on
savings and the need to make their retirement funds last longer than previous
generations, which makes long range planning even more important."
Planning Doesn't End With Retirement
While many Canadians focus on how much they need to save in order to reach
retirement, it is just as important to focus on how you will convert your
savings to income that will last throughout your retirement.
-- Only 62 per cent of retired Canadians say they have a plan to
help them determine how long their savings will last and how
much they can withdraw each year to support their lifestyle.
-- Among those with a plan, there was a even split in how they
developed their plan - with 31 per cent saying they have a plan
with an advisor and 31 per cent saying they have a plan they
developed on their own.
"Having a plan you can be confident in can contribute to your peace of mind
and allow you to enjoy your retirement with a clear view of how you will make
your finances work over the long term," noted Ms. Kramer. "Considering the
number of factors retirees face today, a conversation with an advisor can help
ensure all components of your retirement are accounted for."
Ms. Kramer also noted that those doing their own planning would likely benefit
from reviewing their plan with an advisor. "Even if you choose to do much of
your own planning when it comes to your finances, an advisor can serve as a
useful sounding board to check your assumptions and offer solutions you may
not have considered."
Retirees More Vulnerable to Financial Shocks
While the concerns of today's retirees were primarily focused on the long
term, poll results also show that more than half of retired Canadians indicate
that a short term financial shock could create a challenge in managing cash
-- Given their current income and cash flow, 54 per cent of
retired Canadians said that taking on a new $500 monthly
payment would be unmanageable
-- Within this group, 34 per cent said it would be very
unmanageable and 19 per cent said it would be somewhat
This suggests that some retired Canadians may not be financially prepared to
pay for costs associated with an unexpected emergency - such as needing a new
roof or replacing a car - which could add to their concerns about running out
of money in the future.
"It's important to plan for your long term retirement goals, but your plan
should also include an emergency savings component," said Ms. Kramer. "You may
have to reevaluate how much you are able to withdraw each year to ensure you
do have savings that could be used in the event of an emergency to avoid
taking on a new monthly debt payment that can impact your lifestyle."
Financial Advice for Retired Canadians
-- Meet with an Advisor to review your finances - You need to
understand how much income you generate from your savings
combined with your pension or income you continue to earn. This
will help you determine what level of retirement expenses are
appropriate for you and allows you to make changes to your
retirement strategy today if required.
-- Minimize and eliminate debt - One of the most effective ways to
make your retirement savings go further is to minimize or
eliminate debt repayment in retirement. This reduces interest
costs and increases cash flow.
-- Plan for tomorrow - today's retirees' are living longer,
healthier lives. An advisor can help you develop a
comprehensive plan that ensures you have the financial ability
to live the retirement you hoped for throughout your
retirement, regardless of any unexpected emergencies that may
For Reference - Summary of Key Data
Percentage of retired Canadians that said they are currently living the
retirement they hoped for, by region:
National Average 69%
Atlantic Canada 71%
Percentage of retired Canadians that said they are afraid of running out of
money for their retirement, by region:
National Average 28%
Atlantic Canada 21%
Percentage of retired Canadians that given their income and cash flow, taking
on a new $500 loan payment would be unmanageable, by region:
National Average 54%
Atlantic Canada 52%
Results are based on a CIBC poll conducted by Leger Marketing, via a Web
survey. These data were gathered in a sample of 867 retired or pre-retired
Canadians between September 18 and 21, 2012.
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personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range of products
and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches
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