Choosing to retire is the biggest financial decision most people will make during their lifetimes, and numerous factors influence how and when an individual chooses to pull the retirement trigger. The Retirement Triggers study, commissioned by Ameriprise Financial, examines the financial and emotional aspects of retirement preparation that recent retirees say led them to have the confidence to officially enter retirement.

We asked for input from the first wave of retiring baby boomers to understand how various actions, plans and life events played a role in making the decision to leave their primary profession. After hearing from 1,000 respondents who have been formally retired for five years or less, we learned more about the elements within their careers, families, social circles and bank accounts that led them to have the confidence to retire.

What we found is that, while financial preparation for retirement was a strong focus for these new retirees, emotional preparation is an equally important part of the retirement equation and can have an impact before, during and after one’s retirement date. We also found that most who prepare carefully for retirement feel in control of their decision to leave the workforce, but some still inevitably experience an unexpected event that causes an early or unplanned retirement.

The Retirement Triggers study was created by Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and conducted online by Artemis Strategy Group.
  • 1,000 interviews were completed online among U.S. adults between October 20 and November 4, 2014
  • All respondents are between ages 60 and 73, have retired within the last five years from their profession or primary job, and have at least $100,000 in investable assets
  • The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval
For further information and details about the Retirement Triggers study, including verification of data that may not be published as part of this report, please contact Ameriprise Financial or go to ameriprise.com/retirementtriggers.

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