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The Real Retirement Shortfall
Last week the Chartered Insurance Institute estimated that the UK faces a 9 trillion pound shortfall to support the wave of retirees.
It takes into account long-term care and debt and looks at the costs of retirement over the next 40 years.
This eye watering figure has certainly grabbed some headlines.
The CII conclude that there are three areas that need to be addressed - "education about saving for the future, trust in financial products and advice, and the stability of the future savings landscape".
The CII argue that in the UK there are "significant" barriers to long-term saving:
- complexity surrounding the UK's tax system
- trust issues due to mis-selling scandals
- uncertainties about the future
- a low level awareness about the scale of the challenge
In relation to mis-selling scandals, the CII argues that, "Michael Johnson [a researcher at the UK Centre for Policy Studies] argues that there has been 'a near fatal erosion of trust, fuelled by mis-selling scandals, excessive costs and a long period of poor investment returns.' As a consequence the pensions industry [akin to our super industry] faces a regulatory backlash."
In 2009 a CII survey found, "one in five respondents will never trust financial services again and 72% of people have not very much or not trust at all in financial advisers and life insurance providers."
Is there anyone who doubts that the same could have been written about Australia? Perhaps perception wise financial services companies here are in a better position because we haven't had any bank failures or life insurance problems similar to those in the UK.
Anyone who thinks lifting compulsory super from 9% to 12% is going to make any substantive difference needs to think again.
I wonder if in 30 years time - perhaps sooner if the US and Europe can't balance unfunded pension liabilities - retirement begins to be seen as a quaint luxury and slowly begins to disappear.
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