|Title||Relationship of financial literacy to retirement preparedness among female baby-boomer cohorts|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Academic Department||School of Public Service Leadership|
|Number of Pages||115|
|Keywords||End of life decisions, Health Conditions and Status, Methodology, Net Worth and Assets, Public Policy, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction, Women and Minorities|
Studies have not examined the impact of components of financial literacy on retirement preparedness nor the relationship between financial literacy and decision-making among female baby-boomers. This study examined data from the 2010 wave of the Health and Retirement Study for females born between 1946 and 1959. This study defined financial literacy as including knowledge of investment strategies, the bond market, risk, and diversity. It defined retirement preparedness as the possession of specific financial assets. Financial decision-making was defined as the potential for mortgage default and carrying balances on credit cards. The study used a synthesis of rational choice and planned behavior theories. Correlation was used to describe the relationships between variables, and Fisher's transformation was used to determine significant differences between cohorts. Multiple linear regression was used to create predictive models for retirement planning, with the resultant finding that age was significant in predicting retirement preparedness ( p < .01). Older cohorts were more prepared, particularly in terms of owning IRA/Keogh plans. Understanding the effects of holding a variety of stocks and foreign stocks were most strongly related to retirement preparedness. There was a significant relationship between financial literacy and the potential for mortgage default ( p < .05) but not for carrying credit card balances. The regression produced a significant ( p < .05) predictive model for retirement preparedness, thought the relationship with financial literacy was slight. The research has implications in terms of housing, health, and municipal sustainability. Further research is necessary to define financial literacy, retirement preparedness, and their relationship.
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|Short Title||Relationship of financial literacy to retirement preparedness among female baby-boomer cohorts|