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Improved health outcomes can boost retirement savings

July 10, 2018

What would you say about a planning tool that quantifies how improved management of a chronic health condition can reduce a client's medical expenses, increase their life expectancy and boost disposable income? What if you took it a step further...

New ways to estimate and fund long-term care costs

July 5, 2018

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of retirees more than the three letters: LTC. The potentially crushing costs of long-term care in a nursing home, memory care unit or even at home — most of which are not covered by Medicare — can easily...

Divorced women declare financial independence

July 3, 2018

It's fitting that as the country celebrates Independence Day this week, a new study documents the experience of more than 1,700 women going through the process of divorce. While many face financial obstacles in living on their own, nearly half...

The black hole of financial planning: Health care costs

June 26, 2018

Affluent older adults are worried about what health care costs, including long-term care expenses, could do to their carefully laid retirement plans. Yet only about half of those who work with a financial adviser have discussed their fears because...

Checking one off the bucket list

June 25, 2018

For years, I dreamed about taking a European river cruise, salivating over television ads showing luxury cruise ships floating past ancient castles and iconic windmills. I finally convinced my husband Mike that a river cruise would be the perfect...

Social Security benefits lost 34% of their buying power since 2000

June 21, 2018

Social Security benefits have lost more than one-third of their buying power since 2000, according to a new study released Thursday by The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan advocacy group. "This is the biggest loss of buying power recorded...

Divorce reduces retirement readiness

June 19, 2018

It's no secret that divorce creates enormous emotional and financial challenges in the short run. But now a new report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College quantifies how divorce affects longer-term finances in the form...

10 biggest retirement mistakes

June 14, 2018

Retirement is a major milestone. Sometimes it occurs earlier than planned if a worker falls ill, is downsized or simply decides it’s time to call it quits. But before you clock out for the last time, make sure you understand the critical rules...

Guaranteed retirement income campaign launched

June 14, 2018

A national retirement income crisis is brewing, but no one seems to be paying attention. In response, a coalition of 24 major insurers and asset management firms launched a public information campaign Thursday to educate consumers and financial...

Complicated Medicare rules can hurt you

June 13, 2018

What you don’t know about Medicare’s complicated rules and deadlines can hurt you. The requirements are particularly confusing for people who continue to work past the traditional retirement age of 65. But don’t worry. Follow these guidelines...

2034 is a pivotal year for Social Security

June 5, 2018

The combined reserves of the Social Security trust funds are expected to be depleted in 2034, the same time frame projected last year, according to the latest annual report from the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees released Tuesday....

2019 Social Security cost-of-living adjustment could top 3 percent

June 4, 2018

The annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2019 could top 3% in 2019, which would be the largest increase in seven years, according to a new estimate released by The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan advocacy group representing...

A global call to modernize retirement systems

May 29, 2018

Worrying about the future of retirement is not a uniquely American concern. It is a global phenomenon. Almost half of today's workers and retirees worldwide believe that future generations of retirees will be worse off than those currently in...

Roth conversions can boost Medicare premiums

May 22, 2018

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 created generally lower tax rates for 2018 through 2025, presenting an enticing opportunity to convert traditional retirement savings to Roth accounts at today's lower rates. Under current law, individual income...

The gig economy as a backup retirement plan

May 17, 2018

Today, more than one in three U.S. workers are freelancers in the "gig economy," relying on do-it-yourself employment either as their main source of income or as a side job. Freelancers are expected to grow to make up 40% of the American workforce...

Almost half of near-retirees fail basic Social Security quiz

May 15, 2018

Near-retirees still have a lot to learn about Social Security retirement benefits and may be leaving money on the table, according to a new consumer poll released Tuesday by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. Nearly half (47%) of Americans...

Social Security's most confusing rules

May 9, 2018

I've just returned from the annual InvestmentNews Retirement Income Summit in Chicago. It is one of my favorite conferences of the year, not just because of the excellent content, but because it provides me an opportunity to meet with readers...

Countdown to retirement

May 3, 2018

I celebrated a major milestone with a group of friends recently. We met as newly minted teenagers in 1968 when we were freshmen in high school. Today, with most of us on the cusp of retirement, we took a trip to Charleston to commemorate 50...

Recent rule changes to boost retiree health costs

April 30, 2018

Individually, recent updates to Medicare and Social Security rules may not have seemed like a big deal. But when taken together, seven changes to Medicare means testing, Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and Social Security...

Future retirees expect Social Security to be main source of income

April 25, 2018

More than half of current or soon-to-be retirees cite Social Security as their primary source of income, well ahead of the 18% of those who identified a pension as their main income source, according to a new survey. But that heavy reliance...

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