Lifetime income survey: People with guaranteed lifetime income savings feel more optimistic about retirement

Over 1,000 Americans weighed in on how they feel about their savings. The survey revealed uncertainty about how long their nest eggs would last in retirement and opportunities to help ease these concerns.



68% are unsure whether their savings will last throughout retirement

Many are not aware that guaranteed lifetime income through an annuity can offer a sense of financial security, provide spending flexibility, help ensure essential expenses are covered, and can help provide security around market volatility.
Key Insights

Guaranteed lifetime income gives participants more confidence

Many feel on track with their retirement, but awareness of all guaranteed income sources is low.


of all respondents feel on track to retire when they want.


can name Social Security, pensions and annuities as the sources of guaranteed lifetime income.


of those with a guaranteed lifetime income annuity feel highly confident their savings will last for 30 years in retirement.
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45% believe that assistance with budgeting can help them save more for retirement and a majority also said guaranteed lifetime income is the number one goal of participating in their employer’s retirement plan.


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1 Greenwald Research conducted the 2021 TIAA Lifetime Income Survey using an online survey of 1,001 Americans age 27-75 living in the United States. The study was fielded between May 12 to May 30, 2021. Data was weighted by gender, education,income, working status, race, and generation.
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