A recent New York Times article offers a concise 5-year countdown-to-retirement plan, with the final year of the timeline being the time to –cautiously – consider a reverse mortgage. Offered as a way to make ends meet if you’re planning to stay in your current home, reverse mortgages are a “fourth- or fifth-tier line of…

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The share of older workers in the U.S. has grown significantly since the turn of the century, with 29.5% of workers in 2023 at least 65 years old, compared to 23% in 2000, according to a new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). This occurred as labor force participation by older Americans between…

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Among the numerous issues that retirement preparation can present to those near the end of their careers, long-term care (LTC) provides an increasingly common discussion point. One potential product that could assist in paying for LTC and its insurance could be a reverse mortgage, according to personal finance publication Kiplinger. LTC is already an expensive…

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Reverse mortgage use as part of a broader financial plan “is really the intention in the financial planning space,” Pfau told the outlet. While reverse mortgage customers benefit greatly from low rates, the current high-rate environment doesn’t fully cancel out their potential use as a planning tool, he explained. “It’s all about the sequence-of-returns risk…

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For new retirees who begin their non-working lives without the advantage of having savings, a new article from U.S. News and World Report offers up six potential steps people in that situation can take in order to enhance their financial standing in their retirement years. Among the included recommendations is the employment of the home…

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Retired couples who are Medicare beneficiaries could need as much as $413,000 saved to cover medical expenses in the latter stages of life, an increase over the previous year’s estimate of $383,000. This is according to new findings from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). The figure is the “predicted savings target for Medicare beneficiaries…

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Putting off retirement planning is common among healthy seniors — to the point where a substantial majority of them would rather think about dying than how to plot out their remaining living years. Three-quarters of respondents to a survey from Home Instead, Inc., a home health provider, said they felt more comfortable thinking about funerals…

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Yet another poll reveals that all generations feel unprepared when it comes to retirement savings — with 21% of baby boomers lacking adequate savings to cover one month of basic expenses, according to AARP. Co-commissioned with the Association of Young Americans, the “Three Generations Survey” asked baby boomers,Generation Xers, and millennials, a variety of retirement…

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Shortfalls in retirement funding are a common source of discussion for people currently at or nearing their exits from the workforce, but new data suggests that those with a longer career runway in front of them are developing potentially unrealistic expectations about what their own retirements will look like. As life expectancy increases, the World…

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