Dec 3: Best from the blogosphere – Is retirement at age 65 priced out of most people’s range?

December 3, 2018

A look at the best of the Internet, from an SPP point of view

Is retirement at age 65 priced out of most people’s range?
For decades, 65 has been the age when we are all expected to get the golden handshake. After all, it’s also the age when government pensions kick in.

But new research from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), reported in Wealth Professional magazine, suggests many of us won’t be able to afford to hang it up at 65.

CPA Canada found a 42 per cent of working, unretired Canadians “think they will still be working past 65,” the magazine notes. Twenty per cent of respondents cited saving for retirement as “their most substantial financial concern,” with 17 per cent saying paying off debt is their top financial priority, the magazine notes.

On the plus side, 41 per cent of those surveyed think their finances will improve over the next year, reports the magazine. Forty-five per cent think things will stay the same, and 11 per cent worry their finances will get even worse, Wealth Professional notes.

Other findings noted in the article: 74 per cent of those surveyed said they save monthly, with 63 per cent having a savings account and 52 per cent having TFSA savings. Eleven per cent admitted they had no savings of any kind, the magazine noted.

CPA Canada’s Doretta Thompson, director, corporate citizenship, told Wealth Professional that while it is “welcome news” that so many Canadians feel their finances will improve, there needs to be “more financial literacy education, particularly around retirement saving and debt management.”

A final note from the article – most surveyed were concerned that rising interest rates would make it harder for them to save, as the cost of servicing their debts would go up.

It’s important to make savings automatic and regular, a “pay yourself first” scenario. An excellent way to achieve this goal is to set up automated savings with the Saskatchewan Pension Plan. You can contribute up to $6,000 a year to SPP, and you can do it at your own speed. And when you retire, SPP can help you turn those savings into a monthly income stream.

Perhaps the dream of retirement at 65 is harder than it used to be, but SPP does provide you with the tools you need to make it happen.

Written by Martin Biefer
Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. After a 35-year career as a reporter, editor and pension communicator, Martin is enjoying life as a freelance writer. He’s a mediocre golfer, hopeful darts player and beginner line dancer who enjoys classic rock and sports, especially football. He and his wife Laura live with their Sheltie, Duncan, and their cat, Toobins. You can follow him on Twitter – his handle is @AveryKerr22


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