Recently retired women are more worried than their male counterparts about stretching funds over their remaining years. This heightened concern, as highlighted in an Investors Group study, may be related to the well-known fact that, statistically speaking, women generally live longer than men. Another likely contributor is that, while working, women tend to earn less than men. In a nutshell, women have less money to spread over more years.
Financial priorities are different among retired women and men. The study found that it’s more important for women to leave behind money for family and charities, by a margin of 14%.
Financial priorities are also different among retired women and men. The study found that it’s more important for women to leave behind money for family and charities, by a margin of 14%. When asked what they would do with an unexpected windfall, 67% of women said they were likely to give money to charity, while 47% of men said the same.
Overspending vs. underliving
Of course, overspending can present a problem. What about underliving, though? If fear of running out of money makes you ultra-conservative, you may pass on activities that help you fully enjoy your golden years.
For example, travel was high on the list of priorities for pre-retirees in the study. The vast majority of women (81%) and men (89%) intend to spend money during retirement on things they want, such as trips and hobbies. When we look at recent retirees though, nearly two-thirds find it hard to strike a balance between making their money last and enjoying retirement. Interestingly, this sentiment was expressed more often by survey respondents who don’t work with a financial advisor.
The key, it seems, to fully enjoying retirement is preparation. A Statistics Canada study using data from the 2014 Canadian Financial Capability Survey concluded that respondents who rely on advice from a financial advisor have increased levels of financial knowledge.
So it seems that whether your retirement views are aligned with Venus or Mars, the best step forward is discussing your priorities and concerns with a professional. Together, we can build a plan to help you retire with confidence.
About Investors Group’s study
An online survey with 1,004 recent or soon-to-be retirees (50+) was conducted by Leger between February 18 and 23, 2016, using its online panel Legerweb. The sample was split evenly between those who intend to retire in the next five years (n=502) and those who retired within the past five years (n=502). A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.