U.S. Lags Europe, Less Affluent Nations in Retirement Security, According to New Worldwide Index Developed by Natixis Global

  U.S. Lags Europe, Less Affluent Nations in Retirement Security, According to
  New Worldwide Index Developed by Natixis Global Asset Management

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BOSTON -- March 7, 2013

The United States ranks 19^th worldwide in the retirement security of its
citizens, according to a new annual index compiled by Natixis Global Asset
Management (NGAM). The findings suggest that Americans will need to pick up a
bigger share of their retirement costs – especially as the number of retirees
grows and the government’s ability to support them fades.

The Natixis Global Retirement Index gauges how well retired citizens live in
150 nations, based on measures of health, material well-being, finances and
other factors. The study was released today by the NGAM Durable Portfolio
Research Center, which conducts research on risk management, asset allocation
and other investment issues. NGAM is the world’s 13th-largest investment
management firm and oversees $779 billion, including retirement assets for
institutions and individuals.^1

“The message is clear: You will be called on to finance more of your
retirement,” said John Hailer, NGAM’s president and chief executive officer
for the Americas and Asia. “Citizens of other industrialized nations can rely
on strong social safety nets in old age, at least for now. In the U.S., we
encourage workers to plan, save and invest, and promote policies that help
them meet their future needs.”

TABLE: Natixis Global Retirement Index – Top 20 Nations
1. Norway           8. Denmark         14. Belgium
2. Switzerland           9. Germany              15. Japan
3. Luxembourg            10. France              16. Slovenia
4. Sweden                11. Australia           17. Czech Republic
5. Austria               12. Israel              18. Slovakia
6. Finland               13. Canada              19. United States
7. Netherlands                                   20. United Kingdom
                                                 

Though the U.S. is the world’s biggest pension market, it lags behind
less-affluent nations on measures of income and health, according to the
index. While the U.S. leads the world in per-capita health spending,
individuals are still required to pay a portion of this expense on their own.
That leaves many health costs in the hands of retirees and takes resources
away from their other needs.

In contrast, Western European nations – backed by robust health care and
retiree social programs – dominate the top of the rankings, taking the first
10 spots. Norway is first overall, followed by Switzerland, Luxembourg, Sweden
and Austria. Australia is the highest-ranked non-European country, followed by
Israel and Canada. The U.S. finished ahead of the United Kingdom, but trailed
the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Demographic challenges

Like many other nations, the U.S. is grappling with significant demographic
change, including a rapidly aging population, rising life expectancy rates and
declining birth rates.

Globally, the number of people aged 65 or older is on track to triple by 2050.
By that time, the ratio of the working-age population to those over 65 in the
U.S. is expected to drop from 5-to-1 to 2.8-to-1.^2

These trends are likely to diminish the government’s ability to finance
programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and will mean a heavier
financial burden going forward for individuals saving for retirement.

Retirement savings deficit

The economic downturn has taken a major toll on retirement savings. According
to a recent U.S. Senate report, the country is facing a retirement savings
deficit of $6.6 trillion, or nearly $57,000 per household.^3 As a result, 53%
of American workers 30 and older are on a path that will leave them unprepared
for retirement, up significantly from 38% in 2011.^4

Compounding the issue, only half of all workers have access to
employer-sponsored plans, and those who do participate often make the common
mistakes of saving too little or investing too much in lower-returning
products.

Individual responsibility

“The bottom line is that U.S. workers, like many of their counterparts across
the globe, have to step up even more and take charge of their retirement
futures,” said Tracey Flaherty, NGAM’s senior vice president for government
relations and retirement strategies. “If these challenges aren’t met, they may
not have adequate income in retirement, with negative consequences for their
health and overall quality of life.”

To meet their retirement objectives, investors should employ a broad range of
asset classes, including stocks, bonds and alternative investments such as
commodities and hedging strategies. A diversified, durable portfolio can help
investors temper short-term volatility and pursue long-term growth through
different market cycles.

For a more detailed overview of the Natixis Global Retirement Index, including
rankings of all 150 nations, go to ngam.natixis.com/pressroom.

About the NGAM Durable Portfolio Research Center

The NGAM Durable Portfolio Research Center, established in 2012, studies risk,
asset allocation and other investment issues. The center supports NGAM’s
belief that investors should pursue long-term financial objectives with
portfolios designed to limit risk and volatility. Through its durable
portfolio initiative, NGAM provides financial advisors with proprietary tools
and services to help investors to make smart use of traditional assets, such
as stocks and bonds, and alternative investments, such as hedging strategies,
commodities and currencies.

Methodology

The Natixis Global Retirement Index is a composite index that combines 20
indicators grouped into four major categories: health; material well-being;
quality of life in retirement; and finances.

CoreData Research, a London-based financial research firm, captured data from
a variety of sources, calculated a mean score in each category and combined
the category scores for a final overall ranking of 150 nations.

The categories, and the subjects they comprise, are:

  *Health: Per-capita health spending, life expectancy, the availability of
    physicians and hospital beds per 1,000 citizens, and the level of
    noninsured health spending. (Sources: World Bank’s Development Indicators,
    2012; World Health Organization)
  *Material well-being: Per-capita income, income inequality and
    unemployment. (Source: World Bank)
  *Finances: Old-age dependency (the ratio of retirees to workers),
    inflation, interest rates, taxation level and bank nonperforming loans.
    (Sources: World Bank, United Nations)
  *Quality of life: The level of happiness and satisfaction of citizens, as
    well as the quality of the climate and environment. (Sources: Gallup World
    Poll 2012; Environmental Performance Index 2012)

About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.

Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. is one of the 15 largest asset managers
in the world based on assets under management.^5 Its affiliated asset
management companies provide investment products that seek to enhance and
protect the wealth and retirement assets of both institutional and individual
investor clients. Its proprietary distribution network helps package and
deliver its affiliates’ products around the world. Natixis Global Asset
Management, S.A. brings together the expertise of multiple specialized
investment managers based in Europe, the United States and Asia to offer a
wide spectrum of equity, fixed-income and alternative investment strategies.

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.’s
assets under management totaled $779 billion (€591 billion) as of December 31,
2012.^6 Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. is part of Natixis. Listed on
the Paris Stock Exchange, Natixis is a subsidiary of BPCE, the second-largest
banking group in France. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.’s affiliated
investment management firms and distribution and service groups include:
Absolute Asia Asset Management; AEW Capital Management; AEW Europe;
AlphaSimplex Group; Aurora Investment Management; Capital Growth Management;
Caspian Private Equity; Darius Capital Partners; Gateway Investment Advisers;
H2O Asset Management; Hansberger Global Investors; Harris Associates; IDFC
Asset Management Company; Loomis, Sayles & Company; McDonnell Investment
Management; Natixis Asset Management; Ossiam; Reich & Tang Asset Management;
Snyder Capital Management; Vaughan Nelson Investment Management and Vega
Investment Managers. Visit ngam.natixis.com for more information.

The information contained herein is provided solely for information only and
does not constitute a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any financial
products or services. This document may contain references to third party
copyrights, indexes, and trademarks, each of which is the property of its
respective owner. Such owner is not affiliated with Natixis Global Asset
Management or any of its related or affiliated companies (collectively “NGAM”)
and does not sponsor, endorse or participate in the provision of any NGAM
services, funds or other financial products.

^1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global
Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on
assets under management as of December 31, 2011.

^2 Population Reference Bureau, www.prb.org/pdf11/aging-in-america.pdf, p. 12
and 13

^3 U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education Labor & Pensions

^4 Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

^5 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global
Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on
assets under management as of December 31, 2011.

^6 Assets under management (AUM) may include assets for which non-regulatory
AUM services are provided. Non-regulatory AUM includes assets which do not
fall within the SEC’s definition of ‘regulatory AUM’ in Form ADV, Part 1.

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Contact:

Natixis Global Asset Management
David Snowden, 617-449-2509
david.snowden@ngam.natixis.com
 
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