Retirement Income Strategies and Expectations (RISE) Survey

Now in its tenth year, Franklin Templeton’s RISE Survey explores attitudes and concerns about preparing for and living in retirement. Learn more about what people are doing to build preparedness and confidence, while balancing various financial priorities.

Kickstarting Good Financial Habits

Meeting Americans where they are is critical to a strong start

Engagement around financial well-being is needed early on

Drivers of stress for younger American adults:


Ability to handle unforeseen expenses


The potential to experience extreme financial hardship


Day to day expenses


of total respondents have nothing saved for retirement

Wide range of priorities across all age groups demands more personalized strategies


Paying off unsecured debt


Saving for retirement


Having sufficient emergency savings to cover unexpected expenses

Approaching Retirement*

Feeling prepared to retire on your own terms

Focus on retirement income strategies important in the decade before retirement*


confident they understand how much they will need for expenses in retirement



concerned about managing retirement income to meet expenses



do not have a strategy to generate income for 30 years or more

Target retirement dates are personal

Nearly half of working Americans in their 60s are still working because they enjoy it


of pre-retirees say they would make work related adjustments if they didn’t have enough saved, but ¼ of retirees retired due to circumstances beyond their control


of pre-retirees say they would never plan for retirement with 63% thinking they will never be able to afford it

Living in Retirement

Realities and sentiment during Americans’ non-working years

Hindsight sheds light on how expensive retirement is


“I should have saved more”


“Expenses remained the same or increased”

People require a strategy for securing income for life


of current retirees are trying not to dip into savings, primarily driven by uncertainty


of Americans willing to pay for insurance that guarantees a stream of income for as long as they live


of those participating in an employer sponsored retirement plan are looking for investment options that help turn savings into a stream of income in retirement

Build your retirement preparedness one step at a time.

1. Take care of your financial well-being early.

  • Leverage resources that can help with things like budgeting, building an emergency savings nest egg and managing debt.

2. Make sure your strategy is personalized.

  • Ensure your financial strategies are holistic and reflect your unique needs and circumstances.

3. Think about how you will recreate a paycheck.

  • Learn what retirement-related expenses might look like, identify income replacement gaps and optimize your Social Security claiming strategy.

Note: "Younger American adults" are pre-retirees, ages 25-34.

*"Decade before retirement and approaching retirement" are pre-retirees ages 55-64.

The RISE survey was conducted online among a sample of 2,004 adults comprising 1,002 men and 1,002 women 18 years of age or older. The survey was administered between January 8 and 19, 2021, by ENGINE’s Online CARAVAN®, which is not affiliated with Franklin Templeton. Data is weighted to gender, age, geographic region, education and race. The custom-designed weighting program assigns a weighting factor to the data based on current population statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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