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Fewer than One in Four Indicate they have a Formal Investment Plan for Retirement
Nearly half (49%) of the higher education workers surveyed described themselves as “conservative” investors when it comes to retirement, regardless of age. In fact, younger employees were found to be using the same asset allocation strategies as their older counterparts, with Gen Y using a similar asset mix (50% stock, 35% bond/annuity and 15% cash) as Gen X and Baby Boomers.
“Time until retirement is one of the biggest factors that should be considered when determining asset allocation,” said
More than half (55%) of all higher education employees surveyed also say they consider themselves to be “beginners” at investing – including seven in 10 Gen Y (71%), half (50%) of Gen X and half (51%) of Baby Boomers. In addition, more than six in 10 (63%) are concerned they will not be able to live comfortably in retirement.
When it comes to tools and resources used to learn about retirement savings — which can help alleviate such concerns – the survey shows Baby Boomers rely mostly on guidance from financial professionals (42%) and employer-provided education materials (37%). In contrast, Gen X relies primarily on educational materials from employers (37%) and online web sites (36%) and Gen Y relies more on friends and family (54%) and online planning tools (41%).
Most Participants Don’t Have a Formal Plan for Their Retirement Regardless of their Age
When asked to describe their personal plan for retirement, less than a quarter (24%) of the respondents indicated they had a formal plan in place. Even among Baby Boomers, only 27 percent said they had a formal plan.
When asked about their plans for retirement, 46 percent of respondents said they will delay retirement or never retire at all. The likelihood of delaying retirement was even greater among faculty with more than half (54%) indicating they will delay retirement or never retire. This trend was even higher among older faculty with 68 percent saying the same.
“Having a personal plan for retirement is more important than ever,” said Ragnoni. “This is especially true among boomers closest to retirement. Fidelity has helped millions of Americans transition from saving for retirement to creating a paycheck in retirement.For employers, helping employees prepare for retirement is essential to faculty and staff renewal.”
Retirement Guidance for Not-For-Profit Plan Sponsors and Employees
Fidelity offers a wide variety of resources to help higher education institutions provide retirement readiness assistance and guidance to their employees, including:
- Access to Fidelity investment professionals via phone, online, mobile or at the firm’s more than 160 U.S. Investment Centers
- Free help choosing from a wide variety of retirement and personal savings options
- Award-winning2 guidance tools and savings calculators to help participants plan, invest and manage their assets
- Educational articles, Webcasts and online content about retirement planning
Fidelity serves more than 3.6 million not-for-profit plan participants in more than 2,000 workplace savings plans across higher education, health care and other institutions3.
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*Based on Q1 2011 data sourced from
1 Results of the 2011
2 Corporate Insight e-Monitor Awards, 2010.
3 As of 9/30/11.
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Source: Fidelity Investments
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