How Rising Healthcare Costs Can Frustrate Your Retirement Dreams

Benefits of a health savings account

Although elderly people (ages 65 and older) only account for 16% of the current U.S. population, data from the Kaiser Family Foundation found this age group accounts for 36% of all healthcare spending in the U.S. each year. When you factor in people 55+ years old, this demographic comprises just 29% of the U.S. population but accounts for 56% of all healthcare spending. The fact that older people have more expensive, more frequent healthcare needs than younger people is no surprise, but it’s alarming to see just how much money quality geriatric care requires, especially in a time when healthcare costs are rising much more quickly than wage growth and cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for social programs like Social Security. The … Read more

Are Your Family’s Retirement Plans Fighting Each Other?

Are your retirement plans fighting with each other?

How many retirement accounts do you and your spouse have? Do you both have Roth IRAs and a 401k retirement plan at work? Or, old ones from a former job? You may find out after closer inspection that your separate plans do not mesh well with each other. In fact, you may find yourself poorly diversified with a lot of fund overlap if you are not too careful. You may want to add several checks to your annual investing portfolio rebalancing this year to synchronize your entire family’s retirement plans. Here are some things to consider. Look at Your Family as a Whole One of the best ways to synchronize your entire family’s retirement planning is to look at the … Read more

Should You Take Social Security Early After All?

Make Retirement Less Stressful

One of the most common pieces of financial advice given to 50 and 60-somethings is that you should wait until you’re at least 65-67 to take out Social Security. However, new research from the Journal of Aging Studies found that seniors who had filed for Social Security benefits early expressed remarkable satisfaction with their decisions to file early (about 45% of the focus group respondents had filed at age 62; the rest filed before Full Retirement Age at 65-66 years old). This new study contradicts everything you might have heard about the “dangers” and “risks” of withdrawing your retirement funds early. So, what is really the best option, then? According to the study, respondents who withdrew early were most concerned … Read more

How to Return to the Workforce If You’re Running Out of Money During Retirement

Make Retirement Less Stressful

Millions of Americans are reaching retirement age each year, yet a majority of them feel financially unequipped to handle the potential costliness of long-term care combined with a permanent loss of earned income. Some folks barely have anything saved for retirement by the time they reach their 50s and 60s, which means they’ll likely be working well into their 70s and possibly 80s to pay the bills. If you’re concerned about running out of money during retirement, then rest assured, you’re not alone. Many older Americans – retired and end-of-career alike – are worried about the possibility of rising healthcare costs, longer lifespans, and inflation derailing even the most perfectly laid retirement plans. This means that seniors should consider other … Read more

The Best Passive Income Ideas for Retirees and Income After Retirement

Whether you’re 10 years away from retirement or retiring this year, money management and saving doesn’t stop when your regular job income does. In fact, financial management in retirement can be a stressful experience if you don’t plan carefully beforehand and continue your saving habits during your golden years. To avoid the panic-inducing question of whether your current nest egg will last as long as you do, there are several retirement mistakes to avoid. Mistakes such as increasing your spending, ignoring potential income opportunities, and borrowing money from your retirement account for nonessential purposes. Luckily, there are many ways to financially secure yourself and your spouse during your retirement years, and these strategies don’t necessarily involve taking on a part-time job to … Read more

3 Big Money Mistakes American Workers Are Making

Money mistakes can add up

We all make mistakes with our finances. I’m not talking about making hard decisions and choosing which bills to pay and which to leave for another month. These are simple financial choices and the biggest money mistakes American workers are making with their paychecks. The economy is still struggling, and far too many employees are turning away free money and lending other money from their hard-earned paychecks to the government free of charge. Three Biggest Money Mistakes… 1. Not Capturing Their Employer Match According to a recent study conducted by the Financial Industries Regulatory Authority (FINRA), almost 30% of American workers do not contribute enough to their 401k retirement plans in order to capture their employer’s matching contribution. Typically, many employers … Read more