Inflation is the Top Retirement Concern

May 19, 2008 ( - A new study from the Society of Actuaries (SOA) finds inflation is the top retirement concern for baby boomers nearing retirement and for current retirees.

A press release said the Risks and Process of Retirement Survey Report indicated pre-retirees and retirees are worrying about keeping the value of their assets up with inflation as well as having enough money to pay for long-term care, paying for adequate health care, and maintaining a reasonable standard of living after the loss of a spouse. The report identifies concerns of both pre-retirees and retirees and offers approaches to help manage them.

As a result of increased longevity, pre-retirees and retirees are concerned that inflation will significantly contribute to the depletion of their retirement savings and assets. To manage this risk, the report suggests investment strategies to preserve principal, such as investing in annuities.

According to the press release, the study found women are more concerned than men that inflation will significantly impact their retirement resources. Women expressed higher levels of concern regarding:

  • Inflation – 62% of women versus 51% of men,
  • Affording long-term care – 57% versus 47%,
  • Health care costs – 56% versus 45%,
  • Depleting savings – 52% versus 37%, and
  • Staying in their home – 44% versus 29%.