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US Ranks 19th in Natixis Global Retirement Index

By    |   Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:16 AM

The United States placed 19th out of 150 countries in Natixis Global Asset Management's 2014 Global Retirement Index, unchanged from 2013.

The index measures how well a country meets its citizens' retirement needs and expectations. The indicator encompasses four areas of retirement: health and healthcare quality, personal income and finances, quality of life and socio-economic factors.

The United States was rewarded for increasing economic stability. But it was hampered by the potential for rising interest rates and inflation, in addition to "persistent" income inequality, according to Natixis.

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Of the top 10 countries, eight are European. Switzerland ranked first, followed by Norway, Austria, Sweden and Australia.

The United States improved its score from 2013 in all four of the index' categories, but other countries gained even more in areas such as healthcare and government debt.

The United States placed sixth in per capita income and first in per capita healthcare spending, but it came in 33rd place for life expectancy and 81st for income inequality.

"There is no one-size-fits-all solution to this serious, growing retirement planning challenge," says Natixis CEO John Hailer.

Meanwhile, many people focus too much "on amassing as much money as possible for retirement instead of considering what their liabilities will be and planning appropriately," Robert Stammers, director of investor education at CFA Institute, writes in an opinion piece for MarketWatch.

"When investors understand their financial liabilities, they are better-equipped to change their saving strategy and eliminate fears of not having enough money for retirement. A focus on 'the number,' in contrast, can make retirement planning extremely stressful."

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