Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Most People in India Don’t Do Any Retirement Planning

A MetLife India Insurance survey has pointed out that most of people in India do not plan for the life after retirement. Indeed, 80% of Indians don’t do any retirement planning independent of any mandatory government plans. Despite worry about comfortable life after retirement; they do a little to plan for life after retirement.

Many full time workers in developing and also in mature economies have taken a few steps to plan their life after retirement. MetLife’s Rajesh Relan has released these findings of the surveys.

According to traditions of Indian society, a family would take care of its older members. But with demographic mobility young people are relocating themselves to areas other than their home base. Thus this safety net in families is getting weak with time in developing economies. This socio problem will only be solved if people would plan their life after retirement.

Life expectancies around the globe continue to rise with increase of food and oil prices in international market. Pension reforms are putting more responsibility on employees to fund their own retirements.

Lack of independent retirement preparedness is especially worrisome in both developing and mature economies. The number of employees who plans for retirement is also low in developed countries like Australia (58%), the US (46%) and the UK (31%). the UK was "most financially fit" and ahead of the other countries where 71% people workforce have taken steps to manage their retirement life. 69% have just started to plan about needs after retirement. The aim of GFK survey is to highlight the financial needs, habits and perceptions of employees and employers in India, Mexico, Australia, the UK and the US.


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