Women have grown increasingly well-prepared for retirement, data suggests

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 codified the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity. In the 50 years since the passage of Title IX, women have made visible and demonstrable progress in the realm of retirement planning, according to a new research brief… [Read More]

Motley Fool: Home Equity a ‘Surprising’ Source of Retirement Income

While Americans have a multitude of potential options and avenues they can use to fund their life after completing a career, many Americans — including current seniors — often find themselves unprepared for retirement. This is why it may be necessary to seek out less traditional sources of retirement funding, and one such potential source… [Read More]

Forbes: Reverse Mortgages Can Help Seniors Pay Down Debt in Retirement

One often overlooked tactic that seniors can employ when seeking to pay down outstanding debt in retirement is the strategic use of a reverse mortgage loan, one of several options that an older American can use when examining their finances during their post-working years. This is according to contributor Bob Sullivan and editor John Schmidt… [Read More]

Half of U.S. Households Face Retirement Risk

Based on the recent release of the Federal Reserve’s 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), as much as half of today’s current American households are at serious risk of not having enough resources in retirement. Some of these risks can be mitigated with financial products including reverse mortgages, but more action is needed to fix… [Read More]

U.S. News: Social Security Retirement Age Hits 66 and 10 Months in 2021

While a retiree can begin claiming his or her Social Security benefits at age 62, payments at that age will be reduced for anyone seeking them before full retirement age. As of January 1, for many Americans full retirement age does not begin until someone reaches age 66, but also not right at the birthday,… [Read More]

Deciding if a Reverse Mortgage Makes Sense for You

A reverse mortgage, specifically a federal government-sponsored Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), has a lot of moving parts that may make the product concept intimidating for some people. For those who are looking for alternative ways to try and create more cash flow in retirement, there are clear benefits as well as some inherent complexities… [Read More]

USA Today: Reverse Mortgage Could Help Retirees Avoid Exhausting Funds

The judicious use of a reverse mortgage has the potential to aid those at or near retirement in avoiding exhausting their financial resources while on a fixed income, something that is likely of particular interest to those who are concerned of outliving their resources well after they’ve retired from a career. This is according to… [Read More]

What People Over 50, Short on Retirement Savings Should Do to Prepare

If someone is over the age of 50 with less than $100,000 in retirement savings to his or her name, then there are a few key things that person should be doing to make sure that retirement will not be a burden when it comes in the next 10-15 years. These include determining a realistic… [Read More]

Housing Experts: Reverse Mortgages Well Suited to Address Aging in Place Issues

The reverse mortgage program can be a very valuable tool for addressing issues related to aging in place in the United States, as well as circumventing some problems related to the spread of COVID-19 in senior housing and nursing facilities. However, some issues including the volatility for the Federal Housing Administration and various servicing problems… [Read More]

Forbes: A Reverse Mortgage Can Help Pay for a Roth IRA Conversion

While likely only to work for wealthier individual retirement account (IRA) owners, using a source of nontaxable cash to fund an IRA conversion could be a viable choice for some retirees considering the currently low rate environment, and assistance handed down by the government to minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. One… [Read More]