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Investors hope to retire early

People who invest their wealth expect, on average, to retire three years earlier than non-investors, a survey by global market research firm YouGov commissioned by private market exchange ADDX has found.

The retirement expectation gap is more pronounced in the case of investors with allocations to private market assets, who expect to retire 9 years earlier than non-investors. The survey covered both Europe and Asia.

According to the poll, the average expected retirement age is 62.1 among non-investors and 59.2 among investors. For those who invest in the private markets, the average expected retirement age is lower still, at 53.5.

In total, just 19% of people who do not invest expect to retire before the age of 60, compared to 31% of people who invest. For people who invest in private market assets, this figure goes up to 47%.

Significant gender gap

Globally, 29% of respondents do not invest. The gender gap is significant, with nearly 4 in 10 women (37%) saying they do not invest, compared with just 2 in 10 men (21%) who said the same.

The gender gap translates into a difference between the retirement expectations of men and women – with 76% of women expecting to retire after the age of 60, compared with 68% of men. The gender retirement age gap exists in both Europe and Asia. On average, women expect to retire at 61.1, compared to 59 for men.

The survey also found that men who invest tend to adopt a “do-it-yourself” style of investing, as compared to women. Some 81% of men said they invest entirely or mostly on their own, compared with 64% of women who said the same.

Women and men also value different sources of investment advice. Women tend to value investment advice from financial advisors and family members (51% and 39% respectively, versus 41% and 29% for men), while men are slightly more likely to value advice from online forums and social media (22% and 15% respectively, versus 19% and 12% for women).

By age group, the share of non-investors was also higher among Generation Z (32%), Baby Boomers (38%) and respondents from London (48%). By contrast, only 13% of respondents from Hong Kong are non-investors.

Asian investors look for safer options

The survey uncovered regional differences in investment instruments. Investors from Asia expressed a preference for fixed deposits, with about 1 in 2 perceiving the asset class as a core component of their investment portfolio. Nearly half of respondents from Singapore (46%) and Hong Kong (47%) said they would choose fixed deposits as one of their top three investments.

Respondents from Hong Kong also leant heavily toward stocks, with 60% choosing that option as one of their top three investments.

In contrast, investors from Europe preferred a more balanced allocation across asset classes. For London investors, interest was consistent across fixed deposits (28% included this option in their top three investments), stocks (30%), bonds and fixed income (27%), as well as funds (21%).

Investors in Frankfurt

Investors in Frankfurt were slightly more keen to take part in funds, with 40% of respondents indicating it as a top three investment choice. Another 24% of German respondents chose fixed deposits, 35% chose stocks, while 19% chose bonds and fixed income products.

Of the regions covered in the survey, Singapore respondents were the most future-oriented. Asked what they would do if they unexpectedly inherited $100,000, 39% of Singapore respondents said would set aside 90% to 100% of the sum to invest, compared with 22% in Hong Kong, 33% in Frankfurt and 32% in London.

ADDX CEO Oi-Yee Choo said: “Not investing has serious consequences. It reduces your buying power and lifestyle options. In the long run, it might also mean you have little choice but to extend your working life in order to adequately fund your retirement.

Women less likely to invest

“Women are less likely to invest than men, and that has a negative impact on their ability to retire earlier, should they want to. Early retirement is also topic of growing interest, especially among the younger generation – and increasingly, retirement is being defined as achieving financial freedom and independence, rather than just ‘stopping work’. The implications of this YouGov-ADDX survey are clear: young or old, women or men, every individual and household need to think about channelling some of their savings into investments, so that they can secure their well-being in the long term.”

She added: “Almost a third of global respondents (29%) said they do not invest. That means we still have a way to go in our education efforts.

“We believe investing should be a level playing field, and eventually, investors should get full access to any and every asset class - including private market investments. By access, we don’t just mean the ability to subscribe to investments, but also the knowledge to understand how such assets can play a role in portfolio diversification and wealth creation.”

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