National Investor Research Study

Read the research summaries on retirement preparedness, conversations about aging and finances, and cannabis investing.

Read the full study results.

November 28, 2018

A new study by the Ontario Securities CommissionOntario Securities Commission An independent Crown corporation that is responsible for regulating the capital markets in Ontario. Its mandate is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in capital markets, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic…+ read full definition (OSCOSC See Ontario Securities Commission.+ read full definition) Investor Office found that Canadians aged 18-34 are the most likely to believe their standard of living willLiving will A legal document that sets out the medical care that you do or do not want in case you are ever not able to state your wishes.+ read full definition increase in retirement, despite being the least likely to have started saving for retirement of any age group.

The study, published as part of the OSC’s activities for Financial Literacy Month, covered several topics, including:

Retirement preparedness

Younger Canadians are most likely to be optimistic about retirement, but least likely to have started saving for retirement.

Percentage of pre-retirees who expect their standard of living will be better in retirement than it is now

Percentage who haven’t started saving for retirement

Conversations about aging and finances

Most Canadian adults with parents aged 45 or older say their parents have not talked to them about how they would like their finances managed if they were no longer able to do so. However, over 4 in 10 (42 per cent) Canadian adults with parents aged 85 or older reported that they are responsible for managing their parents’ financial affairs.

Cannabis investing

Seven per cent of Canadian adults currently own cannabis investments, and 1 in 4 cannabis investors reported spending $10,000 or more on their investments.

Amount cannabis investors spent purchasing their investments

Cannabis investing rates did not vary based on financial knowledge or reported risk tolerance.

Men aged 18-34 were more likely than any other demographic group to own cannabis investments.

Read the research summaries on retirement preparedness, conversations about aging and finances, and cannabis investing.

Read the full study results.

About the research: The OSC’s research was conducted by Innovative Research Group and involved an online survey of 2,259 Canadians, aged 18 and older, between October 11 and 22, 2018. The results were weighted by age, gender and region using the latest Statistics Canada Census data to reflect the actual demographic composition of the adult population aged 18 and older residing in Canada.

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