Connect to share and comment

Survey finds that workers going it alone for retirement funds rather than government assistant


NEW YORK, N.Y. - When it comes to funding their retirements, most workers say they will need to come up with the money themselves rather than rely on government assistance, according to a survey released Thursday by Charles Schwab Corp.

Of those surveyed, 89 per cent said they are relying on themselves for retirement funds once they stop working full time. Five per cent said that they are relying on the government and 4 per cent said that they are relying on a spouse. Sixty-one per cent of respondents said that their 401(k) savings will be their only or largest source of retirement savings.

The figures are based on an online survey of 1,004 workers, between the ages of 25 and 75, who contribute to their employer's 401(k) plans.

The results show that people aren't banking on social security or other government assistance to help them make it through their golden years.

As a result, workers are boosting their retirement funds. Fifty-five per cent of respondents have increased their savings in the last two years. Seventy per cent say that their 401(k) is in better shape than ever before.

Although most retirement savings took a hit during the financial crisis, 74 per cent say that their 401(k)s have recovered about as fast or even faster than expected.


Follow Joseph Pisani at