27 January 2016

The desire to retire

Lack of savings, debt and financial dependants makes retirement unobtainable for many

Three quarters (75%) of people aged 45 and over dream of retiring in the next five years but almost half (45%) cannot fulfil these dreams because their circumstances won’t allow it according to HSBC’s latest ‘The Future of Retirement’ report.

Those who wish to retire in the next five years claim they face multiple barriers. Nearly three-quarters (74%) haven’t saved enough money and 18% say they have too much debt. Nineteen percent also claim they have dependents that rely on their income.

The number of people of people who fear they may never be able to fully retire has also increased in the last year. Twelve percent are worried they won’t ever be able to afford to retire and will have to continue working, up 2% from 2015.

Caroline Connellan, Head of UK Wealth said:

“For many people concerns about money are preventing them from retiring when they want to.

“Modern financial pressures and the changes in pension freedoms make the need for sound financial planning more important than ever.

“Even small amounts saved today can make a difference.”

It seems retirement is the answer to a happier life. Of those who have retired, 39% of people say their standard of living has increased despite no longer receiving a monthly salary. Forty-one percent said their social life improved compared to just 8% who claimed it had gotten worse.

The HSBC report identified four practical steps to help people prepare for retirement:

  1. Start saving earlier – You can improve your chance of retiring when you want to by starting to save as early as possible.
  2. Plan for a longer retirement – Ensure you have a financial plan in place to make the most of this new chapter of your life.
  3. Aim for a healthy retirement – Don’t wait until you’ve stopped working to start taking steps to improve your health.
  4. Consider how your healthcare needs may change in your retirement – Make sure your potential healthcare needs are included in your financial planning.

For more information, a copy of the full report, case studies or to arrange an interview, please contact: Jenna Brown / 0207 9914 980

Notes to editors

The Future of Retirement is a world-leading independent research study into global retirement trends, commissioned by HSBC. It provides authoritative insights into the key issues associated with ageing populations and increasing life expectancy around the world. This report, Healthy new beginnings, is the twelfth in the series and represents the views of more than 18,000 people in 17 countries and territories worldwide (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States). The findings are based on a nationally representative survey of people of working age (25+) and in retirement, in each country or territory. The research was conducted online by Ipsos MORI September and October 2015, with additional face-to-face interviews in Egypt and the UAE. Since The Future of Retirement programme began in 2005, more than 159,000 people worldwide have been surveyed.

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