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Survey will track consumers&#39 financial strategies

A new rolling survey tracking consumer attitudes towards pensions, wealth and other assets, based on a focus group of 13,000 people is to be run by leading thinktank Institute of Fiscal Studies.

The survey, starting this month, is expected to reveal its first results in Q3 2003. It aims to track respondents until their deaths, following how they prepare for and enjoy their retirement through their pension, wealth, and housing provision.

The project is being funded by the IFS, University College London and the National Centre for Social Research, with cash guaranteed for the first five years.

It will deal with a wide range of issues, including pensions, mortgages, investments, retirement, long-term care, disability and state benefits. Every two years, the group will be asked a lengthy series of questions about these issues.

The 13,000 people are all over 50 and represent a cross-section of English society.

IFS deputy research director James Banks says: “There is a distinct lack of data on pensions and wealth and asset holdings at the household level. There is very little which tells what type of people are doing what in terms of planning for retirement. We see it as indefinite story, certainly going on for the rest of the lives of the respondents.”

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