The UK underperforms most its Western counterparts, with 10 other Western European countries performing better overall.
For the second year in a row, the UK ranked 17th in the GRI with an overall score of 72%, slipping marginally from last year’s score (73%). The lower overall score is mainly due to declines in the Material Wellbeing, Finances and Health sub-indices, where the UK ranked 18th, 34th and 18th respectively.
The GRI is developed by Natixis Investment Managers and CoreData Research. It examines the factors that drive retirement security and provides a comparison tool for best practice in retirement policy. The overall GRI index score is split into Health, Finances in Retirement, Quality of Life and Material Wellbeing sub-indices.
The top countries in this year’s GRI are Iceland, Switzerland and Norway, with an overall score of 83%, 83% and 80% respectively. At the bottom of the GRI is India, with an overall score of only 12%, scoring single digit figures on the Health Index (3%) and on the Quality of Life Index (5%) and its Material Wellbeing Index stays at 16%.
Ireland continues to make strong progress and this year has moved three ranks and climbed to fourth position – a huge jump compared to only two years ago when it finished 14th.
Jean Raby, CEO of Natixis Investment Managers, said: “Meeting the needs of today’s retirees while preserving retirement security for future generations continues to be one of the most pressing challenges for economies around the globe,” said Jean Raby, CEO at Natixis Investment Managers. “We created the Natixis Global Retirement Index to help facilitate a candid conversation about what steps need to be taken to ensure retirement security on a global scale”.
Quality of life the only aspect to improve in the UK
While the UK maintains the same position as last year (17th), its overall score has decreased slightly, mainly due to the declines in Health, Finances and Material wellbeing sub-indices.
A decline in income equality and income per capita has resulted in the UK losing two positions (from 16th in 2018 to 18th in 2019). However, where the UK ranks lowest is in the quality of financial services to help preserve savings value and maximise income. The UK ranks below the top 25 countries in finances in retirement sub-index, ranking number 34.
Despite overall limited improvements, this year the UK broke into the top ten in the Quality of Life sub-index and recorded a stronger score, moving into ninth position compared to 12th last year and 14th in 2017.
Lucas Crasborn, Head of institutional sales, Natixis Investment Managers, commented: “The lack of improvement in old-age dependency, along with high levels of government indebtedness and a five-year average for real interest rates below zero, have increased the pressure on retirement security in the UK. It is surprising that despite a high ranking in Quality of Life sub-index (85%), the UK only scores a moderate average (56%) in the Finances in Retirement Index."
Regional perspective: Western Europe dominates
From a regional perspective, Western Europe continues to dominate the GRI, with 15 Western European countries featuring in the top 25 this year. However, North America beats its overall score by 2%, scoring 70%. Despite boasting the highest score in the Material Wellbeing and Quality of Life sub-indices, Finances drag on regional performance, with six Western European countries sitting in the bottom ten of the sub-index.
The distance between the dominant block of North America and Western Europe continues to be significant, with the next highest overall score after Western Europe being Easter Europe and Central Asia with a score of 52%.
Lucas Crasborn, continued: “The global economy is being increasingly challenged by quickly changing demographics that have a significant impact on retirement security. While the likes of Western Europe and North America perform well in the GRI, developing markets like India are clearly feeling the strain of a swelling population living longer as each generation passes. With a widespread slowdown heavily tipped, the way governments safeguard savers’ retirement security will be stress-tested, and investors in all countries will need support to help diversify and prevent damage to their retirement goals in all global economic eventualities.”
The Global Retirement Index assesses factors that drive retirement security across 44 mainly developed economies where retirement is a pressing social and economic issue. It was compiled by Natixis Investment Managers with support from CoreData Research, a UK based financial research firm. The index includes International Monetary Fund (IMF) advanced economies, members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). The researchers calculated a mean score in each category and combined the category scores for a final overall ranking of the 44 nations studied.
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