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While U.S. employees say it takes $1.1 million in savings, on average, to retire comfortably, 56 per cent expect to have less than $500,000 saved, according to a new survey by Schroders. It found 36 per cent of respondents expect to save less than $250,000 and only 24 per cent expect to save $1 million […]

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  • May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022
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An article on the potential future of pension plans in the private sector was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Expert panel: Are private sector employers heading toward a pension renaissance? 2. A third of Canadian employees retiring sooner than planned: survey 3. Mental-health […]

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  • May 13, 2022 May 13, 2022
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As the move away from traditional defined benefit plans continues and intensifies, Canada’s multi-employer pension plans are providing employers with another retirement savings option for their employees. And despite facing a number of challenges, from industries in decline to legislative obstacles, MEPPs continue to attract plan sponsors from across the country. Read: Canadian MEPPs facing challenges […]

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While Canadians nearing retirement age have seen a doubling in the median value of both their assets and net worth since 1999, the prospect of a comfortable retirement remains out of reach for many employees, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute. It found a quarter of Canadians aged 45 to 64 […]

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  • May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022
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A third (33 per cent) of recently retired Canadians said they retired sooner than they planned and 30 per cent of pre-retirees intend to change their retirement date because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by RBC Insurance. It found Canadians are still largely relying on traditional retirement savings tools, such as […]

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  • May 11, 2022 May 10, 2022
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Almost two-thirds (61 per cent) of U.S. employees aged 25 to 35 have changed jobs in the last two years or are planning to make a move by 2024, according to a new survey by Fidelity Investments Inc. The survey, which polled 1,500 employees, found while salary was the most important factor to employees who […]

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  • May 9, 2022 May 5, 2022
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The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association is calling on the U.S. government to develop flexible emergency savings solutions for employees. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is among 38 signatories calling for the creation of a national financial inclusion strategy. The strategy should reflect several key principles, including automatic enrolment in workplace emergency savings plans that are […]

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  • May 6, 2022 May 6, 2022
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By underestimating life expectancy, employees risk running out of money in retirement, according to a new survey by analytics firm Club Vita. The survey, which polled 3,000 respondents in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., found on average, people underestimated their life expectancy by 4.7 years. Women underestimated their longevity by an average of 6.1 […]

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  • May 5, 2022 May 4, 2022
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With a record number of Canadians nearing retirement, employers can support workers through retirement planning initiatives and education, says one expert. According to a report released last week by Statistics Canada, more than a fifth (22 per cent) of Canadian employees are aged 55 to 64. It also found more Canadians are aged 55 to 64 than young adults […]

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More workers may soon be able to stake some of their 401(k) retirement savings to Bitcoin, as cryptocurrencies crack even deeper into the mainstream. Retirement giant Fidelity Investments Inc. has launched a way for employees to put some of their 401(k) savings and contributions — potentially up to 20 per cent — directly in Bitcoin, […]