Canadians willing to postpone retirement to help out their children: BMO

Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press
2:36 PM, E.T. | December 16, 2015

Half of Canadian parents say they would postpone retirement because of concerns about the financial future of their children.

In a a new report from BMO Wealth Management, Canadian parents with children aged 18 to 24 said they were willing to trade some of their own financial security to help out their kids in a changing economy.

Half said they would be willing to retire later than planned, one third said they would save less for retirement, and 22 per cent said they would take on debt.

Roughly the same proportion who said they would retire later than planned said they received little or no support from their parents when they were young adults themselves.

The biggest financial concern for parents about their children was financial problems caused by debt, followed by difficulties achieving financial independence and insufficient employment.

The so-called millennial generation of those born after 1980 faces different economic realities than their parents, especially after the 2008 financial crisis.

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