Affluent women worry more about outliving money

Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:14pm EST
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By Helen Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Affluent women expect to be more active than their male counterparts in retirement, but they are also more worried about outliving their money, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch study.

The vast majority of affluent baby boomers believe their retirement will be more active and prosperous than that of their parents, the quarterly survey found.

It also found 70 percent of respondents expect to work, at least part time, to fund that lifestyle.

The survey polled 1,000 Americans with at least $250,000 in investable assets.

Affluent women, in particular, expect to keep very busy in the retirement. Some 86 percent plan to travel, compared with two-thirds of men. Nearly two-thirds of women also plan to be involved in their communities, compared with 43 percent of men.

"Women are leaning toward an active retirement," Lyle LaMothe, head of U.S. wealth management for Merrill Lynch, said at a presentation for journalists. "A lot of fellows just want to find the couch and sit on it for a while."

Women are also more worried about the rising costs of healthcare and whether they will have enough money to last them through their lifetime.

About 70 percent of the women surveyed said they worried about rising healthcare costs, compared with 57 percent of men. Similarly, 63 percent of women were worried about their money running out, compared with 52 percent of men.   Continued...

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