Using the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances, we found that 18% of full-time workers aged 35–60 years who were household heads expected never to retire. Expecting never to retire was more related to a failure to plan rather than a preference for working indefinitely. Most workers stating that they would never retire probably would have expected retirement ages younger than 67 years if they had planned for retirement. Evaluations of retirement adequacy of workers should carefully consider the meaning of a response of “never retire.” Financial advisors working with clients who state that they never expect to retire should assess whether that expectation is a preference or a reflection of the client’s failure to prepare for retirement. Keywords: retirement planning, expected retirement age, retirement adequacy, financial sophistication

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