A 3rd of People plan to retire later on account of Covid-19, examine finds

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Retirement savings disrupted

About 14 million Americans have stopped contributing to their retirement accounts every month as of this March, the research found.

That’s an improvement from December, when 22 million people said they had paused their retirement savings.

Women’s saving suffers

A so-called she-cession is poised to make the already existing financial gender gap worse.

Just 41% of women say they are saving each month for retirement, versus 58% of men.

Meanwhile, the retirement savings confidence gap between genders has grown wider. The study found that 56% of male pre-retirees say they are secure in their retirement savings, compared with 40% of women. While confidence has improved, it still hasn’t reached pre-pandemic levels from January 2020, when 61% of men and 54% of women said they were sure of their retirement savings.

Pre-retirees feel negative effects

The research also found that pre-retirees were more negatively impacted by the pandemic compared with retirees, 44% versus 22%. respectively.

Retirees fared better because they were able to fall back on Social Security and Medicare. At the same time, 78% own their own homes.

Health-care costs, including long-term care, consistently ranked as the No. 1 retirement concern for pre-retirees, with 66% in both May 2020 and March 2021.

Financial wake-up call

Of those surveyed, 61% of retirees said they wish they had done a better job planning for retirement financially.

Overall, 70% of Americans said the pandemic has been a financial wake-up call that has prompted them to pay more attention to their long-term money plans.

Meanwhile, Americans’ financial confidence seems to be bouncing back, with 57% now giving themselves an A or B grade on their finances, up from 50% in May 2020.

Retirement aspirations strong

Despite savings challenges, many Americans still have big hopes for their golden years.

Of those surveyed, 56% said they see retirement as a new chapter in life, while 21% said it’s a time for rest and relaxation.

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