Survey: retirement plans at work raise confidence
2017 Retirement Confidence Survey reveals trends in saving, planning
(Washington) March 21, 2017 – While overall confidence in having enough money to live comfortably in retirement remains steady, workers who participate in a defined contribution retirement plan through their employer continue to report higher levels of confidence, according to the 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey.
The survey, now in its 27th year, is released by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute and survey research firm Greenwald & Associates. Principal Financial Group® co-sponsors the survey.
Only 60 percent of workers feel very or somewhat confident they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years. But that number jumps to 74 percent among workers who participate in a defined contribution retirement plan.
In addition, those with a retirement plan at work report they feel more financially secure (73 percent) compared to those offered, but not participating, in a workplace plan (49 percent). They are also more confident in their ability to pay for basic expenses (79 percent vs. 60 percent) and medical expenses (67 percent vs. 48 percent) in retirement.
“It’s clear those with access to employer-sponsored plans feel better about their financial situation,” said Luke Vandermillen, vice president of retirement and income solutions at Principal®. “For those who don’t have a plan at work, a great option is to have a set amount from each paycheck automatically transferred to an IRA. Putting even a small amount aside can make a big difference over time.”
Worrying at the workplace
In a new measure of confidence this year, 30 percent of workers say they worry about their personal finances at work. Among workers who say they are stressed about retirement specifically, those who spend time worrying about it at work reaches 63 percent.
Fifty-three percent of worried workers say they would be more productive at work if they weren’t worrying about personal finances. Among all workers, more than four in 10 report that programs to help with budgeting, prioritizing savings and managing expenses would improve their productivity at work.
“Getting a handle on saving and spending by setting clear, realistic goals is the best thing you can do to increase confidence and reduce stress,” Vandermillen said. “Often times, only a minimal effort is needed to help meet both your short- and long-term goals.”
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Jaime Naig, Principal, 515-247-0798, [email protected]
Stephen Blakely, EBRI, 202-775-6341, [email protected]