A BGI-sponsored survey shows 63% of defined contribution plan participants have grown less confident in the past year of reaching their retirement goals.
Just less than 50% of all participants surveyed said their employer should offer an investment option with guaranteed income in retirement. For those who are worried they will never be able to retire, 61% said a guaranteed income option would improve their 401(k) plan.
Forty-one percent of respondents are unsure if they will be able to retire as planned and 46% are worried they will never be able to retire.
Among those worried they might never be able to retire, 41% plan to delay their retirement and 58% plan to work until they die, according to the survey.
Almost half of all participants surveyed said they would save more to make up for their losses of the past year, but only one in four who say theyll never be able to retire said they would save more and 19% of those worried they will never be able to retire have no idea how to recover their retirement losses.
Only 4% indicated they will stop DC contributions, and half of all participants said they will not make any changes to their DC accounts in the next 12 months.
The survey, 401(k) Participant Attitudes, behavior, and Intentions, was sponsored by BGI and The Boston Research Group, and polled 1,000 active 401(k) plan participants during March.