Reality TV Comes to Retirement Planning

February 2005
Journal of Financial Planning;Feb2005, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p19
Academic Journal
This article relates the result of a survey conducted by Allstate Corp. regarding financial planning in the U.S. in February 2005. Allstate ran a survey in which it asked respondents to identify with a reality television show that most resembled their retirement readiness. Survivor easily won top honors, with 59 percent identifying with the idea that preparing for retirement is going to be great challenge, but disciplined budgeting will lead to a great retirement. Others shows that respondents identified with were Joe Millionaire, with 14 percent seeing themselves as financially secure and having no worries about retirement; The Apprentice, where 13 percent said they would have to work during retirement to maintain their lifestyle; Extreme Makeover, where six percent see their retirement preparations needing a complete overhaul; Fear Factor, where five percent said they're so unprepared for retirement. With all these reality shows, perhaps television is ripe for a financial planning reality show, where instead of voting contestants off the island until there is only one left, the idea is to do financial makeovers and see how many people planners can get financially prepared so they can afford to retire to an island.


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