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Baby Boomer Retirement Delayed At Least 4 Years

Published: 2011-02-18 - Updated: 2022-05-30
Author: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants | Contact: aicpa.org
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Additional References: Seniors News Publications

Synopsis: Half of Baby Boomer who have postponed retirement due to economic downturn expect to work at least four years longer than they originally planned. This year is a significant milestone for the Baby Boomer generation, the time when the first of them turn 65 and begin to retire. Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, number 77 million and represent about 37 percent of the nation's total population age 16 or older, according to government statistics. Financial concerns are also prompting changes in education decisions. Half of CPA financial planners surveyed said that compared with five years ago, more of their clients' children are opting for state universities or community colleges over private schools because of cost.

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Half of Baby Boomer clients who have postponed retirement due to the economic downturn expect to work at least four years longer than they originally planned, according to CPA financial planners surveyed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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That's even with re-surging confidence in the stock market, which, with recent gains, is helping replenish retirement accounts. Fifty-two percent of CPA financial planners said their clients - who typically have between $500,000 and $5 million in assets - are at least somewhat confident in the stock market now. That's a turnaround from a year ago, when 54 percent said their clients were not very confident.

"Boomers have been scarred by the economic turmoil of the past few years and face complex challenges going forward," said Clark M. Blackman II, chair of the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning Executive Committee. "While more optimistic about the markets, many Boomers remain uncertain about the U.S. economy and their situations as they contend with job loss - their own and their children's - lower home values and rising education costs."

This year is a significant milestone for the Baby Boomer generation, the time when the first of them turn 65 and begin to retire. Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, number 77 million and represent about 37 percent of the nation's total population age 16 or older, according to government statistics.

In an AICPA survey, conducted January 12 - February 1, 79 percent of CPA financial planners said they had at least one Boomer client who has delayed retirement because of the economy. Asked how many extra years those Boomer clients expect to work, 32.3 percent of CPA financial planners said 1 to 3 years; 39.3 percent said 4 to 6 years; 9.8 percent said 7 to 10 years; and 3.7 percent said more than 10 years.

Financial concerns are also prompting changes in education decisions. Half of CPA financial planners surveyed said that compared with five years ago, more of their clients' children are opting for state universities or community colleges over private schools because of cost.

Among other survey findings:

"These survey results show optimism tinged with some caution," said Lyle K. Benson, president of L.K. Benson & Co. and member of the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning executive committee. "Having weathered the economic storm, clients are turning to CPA financial planners to help make sense of the new reality and get back on track toward their financial and personal goals."

Methodology

The online survey was conducted between January 12 and February 1, and made available only to members of the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning practice section. There were 372 responses. The confidence rate is 95 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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