HSBC’s latest survey from The Future of Retirement series ‘Generations & Journeys’, found that a large number (47%) of working age people in India have either not started saving fortheir retirement or have stopped or faced difficulties while saving for their future. This is higher than the global average (46%), derived from the countries covered by HSBC in the survey.
According to the report, an alarming 44% of working age people in India who had started saving for their retirement have stopped or faced difficulties. Further, the report also found that morethan one-fifth (21%) of the working age population surveyed have not even started saving for retirement, while 22% of people aged 60 and over and 14% of people in their 50s have not begun to save for retirement.
The study also found that one in ten (10%) of working age people have never received professional advice or information about retirement. While they may seek advice at a later stage, itcould end up being too late.
Interestingly, friends and family were the most common sources of retirement advice or information. While almost 80% of pre-retirees sought advice from friends and family, 82% of retireeshave received advice from them. On the flip side, only 40% of pre-retirees and 53% of retirees have received retirement advice and information from professionals (financial advisors,government agencies, insurance brokers, bank advisors, etc).
The people surveyed mentioned that in hindsight, they would have done things differently for their retirement planning. Many retirees wish that they had started saving earlier for retirement.Over two in five (41%) pre-retirees said that they would have started saving at an earlier age, as would 38% of retirees. Looking back, a quarter (25%) of pre-retirees said that they wouldhave obtained professional financial advice, as would 23% retirees.
S. Ramakrishnan, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC India said: “Financial security for ourselves and our families should be a priority through all stages of life. While it is important to start saving early for retirement, it is equally important to ensure continuity when faced with difficulties or challenges in saving. Also, while informal conversations with friends and family can be useful, people should supplement this with professional financial advice. This will ensure that people have a proper understanding of their current and future financial needs to plan effectively for a comfortable retirement in an ever-changing world.”