Posts Tagged ‘Nigel Green’

According to data from the ONS, the number of people aged 65 or over in employment has risen from 890,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to just under a million in Q1 of this year.

According to a survey from NS&I, just under a third of Britain’s adults (31 per cent) do not know how they will finance their needs in later life, including such eventualities as long-term illness, nursing home or care fees and care of others, including partners, parents and siblings.

On the subject of retiring over 65, Nigel Green – who is the chief executive of the large IFA the deVere Group – said: “Naturally, it’s hugely positive if the over 65s who are working past the traditional retirement age are doing so because they choose to, but it’s totally different if they’re being forced to carry on working as they can’t afford to retire.” He said: “I suspect the majority are working because they have to.” He continued: “The ONS findings show once again that as a nation we’re simply not saving enough. There needs to be a radical shift in the savings culture.”

The NS&I research shows that “over a quarter of Britons (27 per cent) who have yet to consider financial planning in later life admit they do not want to think about such events. 23 per cent say they simply have not had time to think about their later life financial needs, and just under a fifth (19 per cent) prefer to take a short-term view of their finances and use the money they have for the present.

A further 12 per cent don’t consider that this situation will affect them in the near future and believe they will have plenty of time to consider such planning going forward, while 7 per cent of Britons do not consider later life financial planning as important.”

So what does that tell us?

Clearly we have to save more and we will, as the baby boomers wake up to their pension crisis in the making.

But if a large chunk of the UK populace starts to save more won’t that lead to recession? This is what happened in Japan 20 years ago, and we all know what happened next.

© Investment & Business News 2013