RISMEDIA, July 16, 2009-The current economic crisis is having a lasting impact on many older Americans, forcing them to make difficult financial decision because they have so little time and resources available to them to recover from losses in the housing and financial markets.
A new survey from Golden Gateway Financial shows that these losses are causing many seniors to consider retiring at a later age than originally planned. The survey asked Americans aged 62-and-older how the economic crisis was affecting their retirement plans. Not surprisingly, the number of respondents planning to retire after age 70 because of the economic crisis increased substantially from those planning to retire at that age before the crisis.
“Even though some economists are beginning to grow optimistic, older Americans continue to feel real pain and must make hard tradeoffs and decisions,” said Eric Bachman, founder and CEO of Golden Gateway Financial. “This is the worst possible time for the 40 percent of seniors now considering delaying retirement to be searching for jobs. It’s unfortunate that the hopes and dreams of these retirees are being put on hold.”
Overall, the survey found that many seniors understand exactly how the economy is affecting their retirement finances and plans. It also illustrates the concern that many seniors have about the prospects for their continued ability to sustain retirement. Additional observations include:
– Before the economic crisis, 67 percent of respondents planned to retire before age 70
– Now, the number of seniors planning to retire by age 70 dropped to 40 percent
– Before the economic crisis, 30 percent of those surveyed planned to retire after age 70
– Now, almost 50 percent of seniors plan to retire after age 70
– More than 40 percent of seniors polled said the current economy has had some kind of negative affect on their ability to retire
– More than 50 percent of respondents said they are concerned that their overall net worth may no longer be enough to sustain their retirement
– 86 percent of seniors said they had a reasonable understanding of their net worth, and 50 percent said that net worth had declined by between 10 and 30 percent
The independent online survey, conducted with United Sample, Inc. (www.unitedsample.com) in partnership with Golden Gateway Financial, polled a nationwide representative sample of more than 500 senior citizens aged 62 or older. A complete list of questions and percentage answers are available at the Golden Gateway Financial website or by contacting the company.
To learn more about Golden Gateway Financial or to access the company’s entire suite of retirement resources and tools, including its award-winning reverse mortgage calculator, visit http://goldengateway.com.