Outliving one’s income in retirement

Advances in modern medicine mean people are living longer, and while a longer life is an important gain, it can present a challenge to income security. We asked Canadians to consider how well their retirement plans factor in the possibility of living longer and what it might mean for their quality of life.

Financial insecurity is a growing reality for Canadians in retirement

Despite being associated with a more comfortable, confident retirement, more than half of Canadians do not have a financial plan for their retirement, which results in most retired Canadians having less income in retirement than they did when working. Compared to 80% of individuals who do have a plan and expect to live comfortably in retirement, this is a discrepancy that may indicate an earlier...

Anticipating the need for long-term care and its costs

Many Canadians underestimate the risks associated with old age illnesses or the likelihood that they will require long-term care in their later years. A significant number also lack understanding of the costs associated with long-term and in-home nursing care. While some Canadians are planning for their long-term care needs, many more are left unprepared and ill-equipped to face the challenges of...

Preparing for future pandemics with a risk management framework

Actuarial interest in COVID-19 is being approached from several angles: the impact on longevity and healthcare costs, the effect on insurance and benefit plans, and the economic disruption that could shape long-term investment returns, pricing, and funding. Yet even with all this to consider, there are still other areas that could benefit from the application of actuarial expertise, such as the...

How actuaries can help manage longevity risk

Longevity risk is the danger that we outlive our retirement savings. This involves the ensuing challenge to maintain the standard of living that we are accustomed to or afford the ever-increasing health care and retirement housing costs. Can actuaries help the public avoid this issue?

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