Today's children must start saving for their retirement at the age of 25 to enjoy a comfortable old age, according to research. The next generation will be in their 50s before settling their student loans and in their 60s before being mortgage free.
Greater flexibility may be needed in pension saving, the head of investment propositions at Scottish Widows has said in response to a new study that shows that the next generation may have to start saving at 25 years old to retire by their 70s. Iain McGowan said:
Offering more flexibility that combines the accessibility of an Isa with the tax benefits of a pension could help future generations face up to the twin challenge of saving for short-term financial hurdles like a deposit for a mortgage or a wedding while at the same time setting aside enough for retirement.
– Iain McGowan, head of investment propositions at Scottish Widows
In the future, older workers - especially in the professional and business services sector - are likely to stay working longer into their 70s, but the nature of this work will become more flexible and probably more part-time.
Workers in manual or vocational careers are also likely to look to extend their working lives by undertaking a less strenuous, more part-time role.
The next generation face being in their 50s before they have paid off their student loans and in their 60s before they are mortgage free, research has shown today.
The Scottish Widows study argued that rising life expectancies, combined with people being saddled with large debts earlier in life, mean that today's children should start saving for their retirement at the age of 25 if they want to enjoy a comfortable old age.
Economist Steve Lucas argued that financial pressures from university and housing costs will mean that the next generation will only be able to afford smaller pension contributions, meaning they need to start saving from around 25 years old to prepare for 30 years of retirement.