When it comes to the assumptions your retirement is riding on, the author of today’s article warns that “abject optimism can be dangerous.” But not only do many retirement planners have overly optimistic expectations about rates of return in the coming years, many are also overly optimistic with their plans to work longer in order to help fund their retirements: more than half of workers expect to work past age 65, but nearly two-thirds of retirees leave the workforce earlier than expected. So what steps can pre-retirees take today to increase their chances of indeed working longer? CLICK HERE to find out.
While the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that almost 70% of those turning 65 today will require long-term care at some point (and 20% will require it for longer than five years), today’s article acknowledges that – shocked by the prices – too many are choosing to forego this insurance. As such, today’s article outlines five “insider tips for finding affordable long-term care insurance.” What does one insider say is “the ideal age” to begin shopping for long-term care insurance? Why does another insider recommend against adding riders to your policy? CLICK HERE to read more.
The author of today’s article divides the 10,000 baby boomers that are turning 65 each day into two groups: those that will depend on Social Security as a major source of income in retirement and those that have more savings and will therefore be less reliant on Social Security. To those in the latter group, however, she cautions that “it’s too soon to pat yourself on the back and relax. You need a retirement war chest unless you’re in the top 1% of net worth and/or you have amazingly generous pensions.” As such, she lays out a series of do’s and don’ts for navigating “the coming retirement crisis” (e.g. Do retire as late as you can. Don’t drain retirement savings to support aging parents). To read more, CLICK HERE.
$400,000. This is the amount the typical 65-year-old couple will need to save in order to pay for out-of-pocket medical and long-term care costs in old age, according to new estimates from Fidelity Benefits Consulting. As per today’s article, that amount is “$60,000 more than the typical couple’s entire savings at retirement, including equity in their home.” To read more about what the author describes as “a grim picture” – including the percentage of all 65-year-olds that will require at least some long-term supports and services before they die and what this all means for the typical couple, CLICK HERE.