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Video: 18th Annual Retirement Confidence Survey(R): Health Care, Economy Major Concerns in Workers' Record Drop in Retirement Confidence
Date:4/23/2008

work force earlier than planned, more than half (54 percent) say they did so because of health problems or disability. Almost half of retirees (44 percent) say they have spent more than expected on health care expenses. More than half of retirees (54 percent) say they are now more concerned about their financial future than they were right after they retired, a 14 percentage-point increase from a year ago (40 percent in 2007).

On a positive note, the survey found that about half of workers (47 percent) say they and/or their spouse have tried to calculate how much money they will need for a comfortable retirement, up considerably from the low point of 29 percent measured in 1996. As before, the 2008 survey finds that doing a retirement savings calculation is particularly effective at changing worker behavior: 44 percent who calculated a goal changed their retirement planning, and of those almost two-thirds (59 percent) started saving or investing more.

The survey picked up several other signs of public unease about retirement:

-- Overall concerns about basic expenses: Confidence in specific financial

aspects related to retirement decreased. In particular, the percentage

saying they are very confident in having enough money to take care of

basic expenses decreased from 40 percent in 2007 to 34 percent in 2008

for workers and from 48 percent to 34 percent for retirees.

-- Worker health concerns: Measured another way, workers said they are

increasingly not confident about having enough money for medical

expenses (43 percent in 2008, up from 32 percent in 2007) and for

long-term care expenses (54 percent in 2008, up from 44 percent last

year).

-- Retiree concerns: Retirees' loss of confidence is reflected in several

attitudes they hold about their retirement finances. Retirees are less

likely than in 2007 to believe they can always cut bac
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SOURCE Principal Financial Group
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