A Majority of Boomers Fear They Won’t Be Able to Retire Due to Pandemic

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A majority of Boomers — 52% — fear they will not be able to retire because of the impact of the pandemic, according to a new survey. In addition, the survey finds that boomers are re-evaluating their retirement plans.

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Pre-pandemic, 56% of all boomers said their top non-negotiable for retirement was maintaining their financial stability and independence. This has now dropped to just 35% with the impact of the pandemic, according to the survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of CNO Financial Group’s Center for a Secure Retirement.

The new non-negotiable for retirement after COVID-19 is spending time with family and grandchildren, with 43% responding that family time is their priority. The other top priorities include maintaining financial stability and independence (35%); maintaining an active lifestyle (34%); being able to travel (30%); living close to family and friends (25%); and continuing to learn new things (23%), according to the survey.

These findings reflect the fact that more than half (53%) of Boomers surveyed said the biggest impact the pandemic had on them was not being able to spend as much time with their loved ones.

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In addition, 41% of those polled said they’ve had to financially support other members of their family — which has greatly impacted their retirement plans. For those financially supporting their family during COVID-19, 75% also said their own retirement savings have taken a hit as a result of the assistance they’ve provided, according to the survey.

Among all those polled who aren’t retired, 63% said the pandemic made them re-evaluate how much money they need to live comfortably in retirement.

“Determining what to prioritize financially as you prepare for and enter retirement can be challenging. And the strains retirees and pre-retirees have experienced as a result of the pandemic have shone a spotlight on this reality,” Scott Goldberg, president, Consumer Division at CNO Financial Group, said in a statement. “Amid these newly defined retirement non-negotiables, boomers need to regain control to plan a secure retirement that they deserve.”

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.
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