As people live longer and as healthcare costs rise, many people's pension plans will fall short of providing them with a comfortable retirement. Pension funds have an infinite investment horizon, coupled with an unending commitment to pay benefits to citizens, but the ratio of people working and contributing to funds against those withdrawing money is shrinking.
Challenges at the macro level are fed by issues at the micro level: People are ignoring their retirement and are putting off planning for it.
The pensions industry must help to change people's behavior so that they are planning for retirement from an earlier stage in their lives. Embracing digital technology will be central to this effort: The introduction of digital retirement coaches via mobile apps and virtual reality, for example, will help ensure that people are more aware and better educated about their future financial needs.