Monday, June 03, 2013

Retire At 70

Tom McPhail of Hargreaves Lansdown has said that, wealthy footballers and celebs aside, in 10 years’ time 70 will be the normal retirement age.

This should hardly come as a surprise, given that people are living longer and that pensions (both state and private) cannot keep pace with the increase in longevity.

However, the Times quotes a report from Scottish Widows that says that households are prioritising living expenses, paying off debts and mortgage repayments over saving for retirement in the current uncertain economic climate.

At this point I would ask exactly what it is that Scottish Widows expect people to do?

Defaulting on mortgage payments or increasing debts (in order to save for the future) will simply add to the financial burden of people in later years as they grow older.

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