Property and share market slump likely to delay retirement plans for over 420,000 Australians

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 17-Dec-18

New research from Roy Morgan shows that the number of Australians who intend to retire in the next 12 months is estimated at 426,000, a 30% increase on the level seen in 2008 when it was 328,000. Men currently represent 220,000 intending retirees. Meanwhile, the average gross wealth (total assets excluding owner-occupied homes) of intending retirees is $331,000, up from $237,000 since 2008. Up to now, superannuation has been playing an increasing role in retirement funding and currently represents 69% of the gross wealth of intending retirees, up from 53% in 2008. Although the average debt level for this group is currently only $26,000, it does reduce their average net wealth to $305,000, which is generally inadequate for self-funded retirement. The overall conclusion is that intending retirees will be relying on government benefits for some time yet, given the fact that the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia estimates that an individual would need $545k and a couple $640k for a ‘comfortable lifestyle’. Roy Morgan’s Single Source survey is based on in-depth interviews conducted face-to-face with over 50,000 consumers per annum in their homes, including over 400 who intend to retire in the next 12 months.


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