Global Investor Study

Are investors too reliant on the state?

Governments are struggling to balance their books and the global economy is in a precarious state, yet investors firmly believe that the state will still be able to contribute significantly to their retirement income. So, are investors being realistic or setting themselves up for a fall?


Investors are realistic about how long they will live in retirement (21.2 years) and the need to diversify their sources of income for retirement, but are investors too optimistic about how much the state will be able to contribute to their retirement income?

Schroders 2016 Global Investor Study found:

  • Investors, on average, believe a state pension will contribute 18.8% of their retirement income

Given the precarious state of the global economy is this a major concern?

The long-term fallout from the financial crisis and the lingering effect of loose monetary policy and austerity measures are yet to be fully understood.

If anything, the value of a state pension is likely to fall rather than rise as governments struggle to control deficits, spiralling debts and the unintended consequences of measures designed to boost economic growth.

Set up for a retirement shortfall

Combined with investors’ over-optimistic expected return on income (9.1%) and short-term investment horizons (3.2 years), it could lay the foundations for future financial problems.

If investors anticipate the state riding to their retirement rescue then they are likely to see a shortfall in their retirement income.

Sleepwalking into a retirement crisis

While most developed nations currently offer a healthy state pension, the future is less certain, unless the global economy stages a dramatic recovery and governments are able to raise taxes.



Schroders Global Investor Study 2016 reveals that investors are potentially sleepwalking into a financial crisis later in life.

With the average retirement age rising, pension deficits expanding, and the global economy struggling to recover from the credit crisis, it is clear the writing is on the wall: investors need to be doing more now for themselves and relying less on the state.

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