Pension plans are supposed to look after employees after they’ve passed the mandatory age of retirement plans. The idea was that the employee could enjoy his golden years without having to work until he was 90 years old. Today’s options however are making it more difficult for this generation of employees due to a number of reasons.
First of all, the next few years will see the most number of baby boomers retiring. This means that more funds are needed for these retirees. The government is feeling the pressure right now, and has added concerns about rising health costs for these baby boomers. There are also fewer pension companies willing to accommodate all of these options on their basic retirement plan.
While there are more people retiring, there are also fewer people entering the workforce at a younger age. A lot of young professionals are choosing to pursue higher education, which is good for their own development, but detrimental to the pension plan as it means they’ll start working later rather than sooner.
There are also more employees who choose early retirement. Thus, the source of pension funds are getting smaller while those needing the money are growing larger in number. Still, this will only force the government and individual employees to start being more creative about retirement.