Wealthy take biggest hit in retirement: StatsCan

10 March 2008

Advisor.ca, Bryan Borzykowski

Your wealthy clients might have more money now, but expect their income to decline significantly – at least compared to that of low-income earners – during their retirement years.

A new Statistics Canada report says that, on average, 75-year-old Canadians had “family disposable incomes” that were 80% of what they earned when they were 55.

High earners, which Statistics Canada defines as workers in the top 20% of income distribution at age 55, replaced 70% of their income in their 70s, while lower earners saw almost no change between their pre-retirement income and the money they have at age 75.

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