Survey Says: Men Slightly More Confident about Retirement than Women

Other confidence characteristics bubble up on OneAmerica® survey

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Men, individuals age 51 or older and those with an income over $75,000 are more confident about retirement according to a recent survey conducted by the companies of OneAmerica®. Contributing to their confidence is a realistic knowledge of how much retirement income they will need.

The companies of OneAmerica surveyed retirement plan participants who visited their online account services portal between Aug. 1 and Nov. 1, 2013. The goal was to better understand participants’ behaviors and how to most effectively help them prepare for retirement. 7,545 participants responded to the survey.

Only 38 percent of the people surveyed felt confident or very confident about maintaining their current lifestyles into retirement. Confidence was greater in men (43 percent) than women (32 percent). People age 51+ have 13 percent more confidence than younger investors; and individuals who make more than $75,000 a year are 16 percent more confident compared to those who make less.

Among the people who lack confidence in their retirement preparations, top reasons included not having enough money accumulated (73 percent), economic uncertainty (59 percent), rising healthcare costs (47 percent) and Social Security insecurity (45 percent).

“There are steps people can take, in addition to participating in their employer’s plan, to feel in control and at ease about retirement,” said Marsha Whitehead, vice president of marketing for retirement services and employee benefits. “Working with a financial professional, completing an income calculator and other steps can boost an individual’s confidence and keep them actively engaged in their retirement planning.”

Confident retirement plan participants are more likely to have calculated their retirement income needs (55 percent) and work with a financial advisor (35 percent).

About the OneAmerica Participant Survey

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About OneAmerica

OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. (, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., has companies that can trace their solid foundations back more than 135 years in the insurance and financial services marketplace.

OneAmerica’s nationwide network of companies offers a variety of products to serve the financial needs of their policyholders and other clients. These products include retirement plan products and services; individual life insurance, annuities, long-term care solutions and employee benefit plan products. The goal of OneAmerica is to blend the strengths of each company to achieve greater collective results.

The products of the OneAmerica companies are distributed through a network of employees, agents, brokers and other distribution sources that are committed to increasing value to our policyholders by helping them prepare to meet their financial goals.

OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.
Christy Glesing, Media Relations Director, 317-285-1468


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