Planning Perspectives

John Hancock and Fans Help Coach David Ortiz on Retirement Plans

Former Red Sox slugger tries his hand at water aerobics as first retirement activity

BOSTON, MA – Surfing the California waves, synchronized swimming routines, and learning to speak Japanese – these activities aren’t exactly what former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is known for. But now that he’s retired from a 20-year baseball career, he’s back to being a rookie – that is, a retirement rookie.

This spring, instead of prepping for the baseball season, Ortiz is teaming up with John Hancock to navigate one of life’s biggest questions: What should I do now that I’m retired? Because if you plan right for your retirement, you can do whatever you want.

“Now that I’m retired, I’ve got some more time on my hands, and my friends at John Hancock are helping me figure out my plan for the future,” said Ortiz. “You don’t need to be a famous baseball player to have the kind of retirement you want. If you plan right, you can do anything.”

As part of the Retirement Rookie campaign, John Hancock and Ortiz called on fans to help Ortiz figure out what’s next now that he’s retired. Fans were invited to share their ideas for what Ortiz should do in retirement by posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #RetirementRookie. Fans from all over the country joined in with their suggestions for what he should do next – from attending their wedding, to starting a cooking show, to taking a shot at skydiving. First up? Check out Ortiz flexing his water aerobics skills with his new friends at the Y. Ortiz joined retirees in the pool to put in a few laps – and laughs.

With the right plan, you can do anything in retirement

Three in four Americans say retiring is an important life milestone, and John Hancock recognizes that these retirement journeys may look a little bit different for each individual. But no matter what your goals may be, a comfortable retirement requires smart planning. The good news is that retirement planning doesn’t have to be complicated, and with a little prep work and the help of John Hancock, people can ensure they are financially healthy and prepared for retirement.

You don’t need to be a famous baseball player to have the kind of retirement you want

“At John Hancock, we’re committed to helping our clients plan for the road ahead,” said Barbara Goose, Chief Marketing Officer at John Hancock. “Whether you’re a three-time world champion or in spring training, we can help you hit a home run when it comes to your retirement goals.”

Retirement security is about more than accumulating wealth; it’s about achieving the right outcomes. According to a recent John Hancock survey[i], only half of Americans are confident their health and lifestyle will allow them to have the retirement they want, and even fewer (36 percent) say they have saved enough money to live comfortably. Though most Americans have taken actions to prepare for retirement, one-fourth believe they will never be able to fully retire. In fact, three in four Americans want to retire at age 65 or earlier, but only half say they could retire comfortably at the age they would like. John Hancock wants to make sure you’re prepared when it comes to your retirement, no matter what your goals are for retirement.

Whether it’s your first time up at bat or you’re rounding the bases toward home, it’s never too early or too late to get started. Take control of your future today and talk to your financial advisor, or learn more about saving for retirement and other financial priorities at




[i] This research was conducted by KRC Research from April 24 to April 26, 2017 via online survey of 1,007 adults ages 18+.


Hill Holliday is the creative agency for the Retirement Rookie campaign.
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