Canadians cut their retirement savings goal by more than $200,000: RBC Poll

Canadians cut their retirement savings goal by more than $200,000: RBC Poll 
TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Almost half (46 per cent) of retired Canadians 
and only one-in-four (23 per cent) Canadians who are not yet retired have 
determined the amount of money they will need for a comfortable retirement, 
according to the 23(rd) Annual RBC RRSP Poll. Those who are not yet retired 
have significantly reduced their retirement savings goal by more than $200,000 
to an average of $564,000 in 2012 from $778,000 in 2011. Prior to retirement, 
retirees estimated that they would only need an average of $347,000. 
The gender gap has significantly narrowed between men's and women's retirement 
savings goals, from a difference of $280,000 in 2011 down to $86,000 in 2012. 
Men had an average retirement goal of $732,000 in 2011, which fell 42 per cent 
to $424,000 in 2012, while women had an average retirement goal of $452,000 in 
2011, which increased 13 per cent to $510,000 in 2012. 
"When looking at your percentage of pre-retirement income needed in 
retirement, some say 75 per cent, some say 85 per cent and some even say 110 
per cent - we say everyone is different," said Jason Round, head, Financial 
Planning Support, RBC Financial Planning. "While it's important to have a 
retirement savings goal, there isn't one number that's right for everyone. 
Your goals and dreams for retirement deserve a plan that's personalized to you 
and takes into account many other relevant factors." 
The RBC poll also found that Canadians have had a relatively consistent view 
of how they are doing with their retirement savings over the past four years. 
More than half of Canadians (53 per cent in 2012) say they are at or ahead of 
where they should be in terms of retirement savings. 
Round notes that using a rule of thumb approach in planning can be useful in 
getting started when retirement is many years away but, as retirement nears, 
averages are less helpful. There comes a point when you need to dig a little 
deeper and create a plan for you based on you and the reality you will face in 
retirement. For example, consider the following factors that will shape your 
Longevity: Canada's aging population is a reality. According to Statistics 
Canada, Canadians aged 65 in 2012 can expect to spend more than 20 years in 
retirement. The average male retirement expectancy is 18 or more years; for 
women it is 21 plus years. Retirement is not a single phase of your life but a 
series of stages and living longer does not necessarily mean living the same. 
How will your time horizon impact your retirement savings? 
Health: Your personal health can affect your enjoyment of your retirement 
years as well as your income. Almost one third (30 per cent) of retirees say 
the cost of healthcare is among the top concerns in retirement. Do you have 
health concerns? Have you planned to ensure healthy aging? Have you considered 
the costs associated with potential or real health concerns? 
Inflation: One-third of retired Canadians (32 per cent) state that inflation 
and the effect it might have on their retirement finances is among top 
concerns. What measures have you taken to manage inflation? How will you 
maintain a sustainable level of income in retirement amidst unforeseeable 
Work: Among the Canadian working population, 42.4 per cent are between the 
ages of 45 and 64, a record high proportion, according to Census Canada 2011. 
Canadians are increasingly choosing to continue to work or return to work 
after retirement. The RBC Poll found 27 per cent of Canadians say they will 
never retire and 23 per cent plan to open a business in retirement. Have you 
considered whether you would choose to fully retire or return to work during 
"Planning for retirement is so much more than just a magic number and this is 
where financial advice can ensure all aspects of retirement are explored to 
ensure you have the retirement you want," added Round. 
About RBC's financial planning advice, resources and interactive tools
The RBC Advice Centre offers free online advice, resources and tools regarding 
retirement and estate planning including RRSPs, the RSP-Matic® Savings 
Calculator and updates on the federal government's RRSP First Time Home 
Buyers' Plan. In addition, RBC's myFinanceTracker, a comprehensive online 
financial management tool, offers all personal RBC online banking clients the 
ability, at no cost, to create a set budget and track their spending habits 
and to access H&R Block tax-related apps in the new myTax Centre, to help 
manage and plan their taxes. 
About the 23(rd) Annual RBC RRSP Poll
The 23(rd) Annual RBC RRSP poll was conducted by Ipsos Reid between October 24 
and November 27, 2012 via a random sample of 1,225 Canadian adults in the 
general population (aged 18 and over). The results are based on samples where 
quota sampling and weighting are employed to balance demographics and ensure 
that the sample's composition reflects that of the actual population according 
to Census data. Quota samples with weighting from the Ipsos online panel 
provide results that are intended to approximate a probability sample. A 
weighted probability sample of 1,225 Canadian respondents, with 100 per cent 
response rate, would have an estimated margin of error of ±3 per cent, 19 
times out of 20. 
Media contacts: Suzanne Willers, RBC, 416 974-2727 Kate Yurincich, RBC, 416 
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