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Recession Creates More Retirement Planning Worries

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September 18, 2009

Due to the recession, more Americans are concerned about retirement planning according to results from a new survey released Wednesday.

Fifty-one (51) percent of those familiar with their parents' finances say they are thinking more seriously about their own retirement planning after watching the recession's impact on their parents, the survey resluts indicated. And what they learned likely could be put to good use given 71 percent of people believe they will experience a similar recession by the time they reach their parents' age.

"The recession is a wake-up call for many Americans and their response is an appropriate one," says Keith Brannan, vice president of Financial Security Planning at Country Financial, the company who conducted the survey. "By preparing for and navigating an economic downturn with smart planning, they are more likely to take the actions needed to achieve financial security no matter where they are starting from."

However, while Americans may have an increased focus on their finances, they are not necessarily upbeat when it comes to their golden years, the survey reveals. Six in ten think their financial situation in retirement will be the same (31 percent) or worse (29 percent) as their parents. This sentiment is even more pronounced among those in the 40 to 49 year old age group, with 67 percent saying their financial situation will be the same or worse than their parents.

Caring for Parents Weighs on Americans' Finances

Overall, four in ten Americans say it is very (19 percent) or somewhat likely (22 percent) they will have to help their retired parents financially, according to the survey. And, for the so called "Sandwich Generation," four in ten who have children at home think they will have to provide financial help to their parents. These competing priorities emphasize the need to plan ahead.

Recession has Varying Impact on Men versus Women

The survey also indicated that women (56 percent) are more likely than men (44 percent) to say they're thinking more seriously about their finances after watching their parents endure the recession. However, they are more pessimistic about the state of their financial situation once they reach retirement. Thirty-five percent of women say their finances will be worse than their parents', compared to just 28 percent of men.

About the Survey

The September Country Financial Parents' Finances survey is based on a national telephone survey of more than 1,000 Americans with living parents and is compiled by Rasmussen Reports, LLC, an independent research firm. The margin of sampling error for this survey is approximately +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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