Midlands Struggling to Retire


New research finds 43% of adults from the Midlands are not saving for retirement in any way

New research has found 43% adults from the Midlands in the UK are not saving for retirement in any way – according to Learn to Trade, the UK’s leading Forex education provider. Over a quarter (26%) have also resigned themselves to never having enough money to put into a pension, with only 1 in 7 (15%) confident their savings will keep them financially secure throughout retirement. 

The research – conducted by YouGov with over 2,000 consumers across the UK – found a quarter of those without a private pension in the Midlands (25%) could not afford to pay into one due to the high cost of living. With inflation hitting a 5 year high this week the research shines a worrying light on retirement prospects in the Midlands, with only 4% of those without a private pension confident that the State will be able to support them in retirement

The study points towards some key trends, which Learn to Trade believes means the UK will be facing UK pension crisis by 2028, as the majority of Gen X approach retirement age, without a pension pot that matches the cost of living:

·        Can’t plan for their future: 43% of 35-54 year old Brits– those closest to retirement – who don’t have a private pension have resigned themselves to never having enough money to put into a pension

·        Social divide: Over half (56%) of the working class in the UK who aren’t retired (C2DE) are not saving in any way for retirement versus just 34% of the middle class (ABC1), marking a huge 22% difference. Interestingly, cost of living came in as more of an issue for the middle than the working class, with more of those from the middle class without a private pension saying their cost of living is currently too high for them to pay into a pension (30% vs. 17%).

·        Women hit hard: 47% of non-retired women are not saving in any way versus just 39% for men. They are also more likely to have given up on having a private pension than men (30% vs. 26%) and are also hit harder by cost of living in relation to their ability to pay into private pensions (24% vs. 22%). This culminated in a stark 10% divide between non-retired women and men being worried about their retirement’s financial security (56% vs. 46%).

·        Parents missing out: Households with children are also feeling the strain. Parents are worried about their financial security during retirement, with a quarter (24%) who do not expect to have any savings or inheritance by the time they retire and 29% who are worried their retirement savings won’t go far enough. 

Nigel Jump, Professor of Economic Development at Bournemouth University commented: “Learn to Trade’s research reflects the current economic uncertainty, with households and individuals losing trust in financial institutions and the government.  Pensions used to be a long-term commitment, with security and sustainability invested on both sides.  Sadly, whatever you think about cause and effect, the “Great Recession” of 2008/9, its aftermath, and the regulatory and tax changes to private and public pensions have punctured confidence in institutional promises.  Moreover, with interest rates held so low, for so long, a reluctance to make long-term financial commitments is to be expected.” 

Greg Secker, CEO at Learn to Trade encourages Brits to take action: “We would encourage all Brits – and in particular Gen X – to be evaluating how they can best plan for their future. With a growing lack of confidence in private pensions and their vast deficits, Brits should be looking at alternative methods of securing their financial future. It was great to see a third of Gen X’s considering alternative saving methods, such as Forex trading or investing in a shares and bonds. Our advice is to start future planning as soon as your disposable income allows you to do so.”

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