Retirement plan participants who have financial advisors contribute more to their plans and are more knowledgeable about the plans than those who do not have advisors, says a survey by Natixis released Monday.
However, many of those nearest retirement, baby boomers, are not saving nearly enough to meet their retirement goals, according to the Natixis Global Asset Management Survey of 1,000 American adults, including 899 who are participating in employer-sponsored retirement plans.
The survey by Natixis, an international investment management firm, found that 90 percent of respondents eligible to participate in a 401(k) plan are making contributions. Participants say tax incentives, matching contributions by employers and automatic enrollment are factors in their participation.
Investors with advisors contribute a higher percentage of their salaries (9.5 percent) than those without advisors (7.8 percent). A higher rate of participants with advisors (74 percent) also say they know what their savings balance should when they retire, than those without an advisor (54 percent).
However, investors knowing their goal does not necessarily mean they are on their way to meeting it, the survey shows. Thirty-three percent of boomers have put aside less than $50,000 and boomers on average have saved $262,541, only about one third of the $805,000 they predict they will need at retirement.
“Investors of all ages should take a second look at how much they save and what their needs are likely to be when they retire,” says John Hailer, CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management in the Americas and Asia. “While many workers get it right, others might ask if their investing targets will get the job done. Too many seem to be setting the bar too low because they may lack access to the proper tools, education and guidance.”