Research raises concerns over 'looming' new retirement gap

Concerns have been raised over a “different type of retirement gap”, after research from Canada Life revealed that many savers are underestimating their life expectancy.

The research from Canada Life found that people aged 50 and over on average think they will live until around age 80, whether male or female.

However, despite these expectations, Canada Life pointed out that, according to the ONS life expectancy calculator, a male aged 50, will, on average live to age 84, while a women aged 50 will live on average to age 87.

Given this, it warned that this gap between expectation and reality could create additional pressures on retirement planning and a different type of retirement gap, especially given the choices the majority of people currently make around their plans, choosing unsecure retirement income over any type of guarantee.

Canada Life retirement income director, Nick Flynn, stated: “Longevity risk is the one known unknown in retirement planning, but if people are underestimating their life expectancy, this opens up a new retirement gap.

“Men and women thought they would live to age 80, despite the stats showing on average men will live for a further four years and women a further seven years. One in four women aged 50 today can expect to enjoy retirement into their 90s, living till age 95.

“Talking about and thinking about your own mortality at the best of times is difficult, but not having these conversations will leave you open to falling short when it comes to your retirement income.

“Annuities are the only 100 per cent bet against outliving your pension, and with the significant improvement in rates witnessed over the past 18-months, deserve more than a secondary glance.

“A professional financial adviser is best equipped to talk you through the various options, to ensure your plans remain on track throughout the course of your retirement journey.”

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