Canadian Pension Crisis spiraling out of control

Pension Crisis

 Editor: Vladimir Bajic 丨Tactical Investor

Pension Crisis

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Pension Crisis In Canada Appears to be spinning out of control

Most Canadians today are not financially prepared for retirement. According to recent polls, over two-thirds of us (68 per cent) don’t have a retirement plan, 30 per cent have paltry or no savings, and 62 per cent end up retiring earlier than they expected or wanted.

The Broadbent Institute, in a recent study, found that half of the Canadian couples between 55 and 64 have no employer-provided pensions. Fewer than 20 per cent of middle-income families have saved enough to adequately supplement the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS).

“The vast majority of Canadians without a private pension have totally inadequate retirement savings,” says the Institute’s executive director, Rick Smith. “We have a retirement crisis that requires urgent and immediate government action.”

This action would ideally involve a substantial increase in the Canada Pension Plan. At present, the CPP pays a maximum of $12,780 a year, but many retirees don’t qualify for the maximum, so the average CPP amount for men is only $9,626, and for women $5,922. Full Story

Pension Crisis according to one Group of Experts

Defined benefit (DB) plans were the most common type of retirement plan through the 1980s, and although there has been some shifting to defined contribution (DC) plans since that time, the defined benefit obligations accumulated and coming due are significant. There are basically two ways to manage defined benefit pension liabilities. One is a pre-funded system, where the money is set aside and invested to pay future obligations; the other is a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) system, where the plan uses current contributions to pay current obligations. In general, state and local governments and corporations must operate funded plans, while federal governments can resort to unfunded PAYG schemes.

Our initial estimates suggest that the current funding shortfall could easily exceed US$100 trillion amongst the different federal governments, local governments, corporations and individuals globally. As a comparison, global GDP is approximately US$75 trillion while total debt outstanding is US$160 trillion. The chart below by the WEF depicts the size of the retirement savings gap of just eight countries: a US$70 trillion problem that will morph into half a quadrillion dollars by mid-century. Full Story

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