Retirement Planning Among Hispanics

In God's Hands?

Published in: Journal of Aging & Social Policy (Epub December 2016). doi: 10.1080/08959420.2016.1272161

Posted on RAND.org on May 24, 2017

by Luisa Blanco, Emma Aguila, O. Kenrik Duru

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We conducted a qualitative study on retirement preparedness among middle-aged and older low-income Hispanics in Los Angeles. Data were derived from four focus groups conducted in the greater Los Angeles area. Findings demonstrate how behavioral and cultural factors — family experiences, religiosity, and denial of retirement — explain the lack of savings and preparedness for retirement. Findings also indicate that the majority of participants want to be economically independent and to keep working until they are unable to do so. Participants helped their parents financially but did not feel comfortable asking their own children for help. Instead, participants placed their survival in retirement "in God's hands."

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