Are you at Risk for Living Too Long?

Commentary:
The title of this week’s article caught my eye because most news articles nowadays are telling us we are at risk of shortening our life because of COVID; but of course the article was talking about longevity risk. What exactly is that? “The old line in retirement goes something like: “My problem is not that I have too little money left at the end of the month, it’s that I have too much month left at the end of the money.” Does that hit home with you? If so, call us. We have some ideas that you may not know about, or that you have yet to consider. We’re always here to help.

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Positive Impact

Today’s article shows us a new survey finding “that 39% of men and 47% of women in the U.S. report they are spending less during the coronavirus pandemic than they did before the crises. And more than half of Americans ages 55 to 64 – those closest to retirement age – say their spending has gone down. Cutting back on spending could translate into a nice savings boost over the long term.” Come talk with us about options for you to keep that savings boost working for you with an income you can’t outlive. We’re always here to help.

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Decide when to start

So many people are talking about retiring and hoping to do it soon that I thought to share with you an article that discusses those items in a check list form that you need to think about and pick the choices that work best for your situation. While medicare coverage begins at age 65 regardless of your Social Security full retirement age, when you start to collect on your Social Security benefits is much more within your control. So is purchasing a product that can provide you with additional income, in a form that you can’t outlive it. Take a look at the article and let us know if you’d like to discuss what options are best for you in order to end up with a retirement you can better enjoy. We’re always here to help.

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Especially Trying

This week’s report from the Brookings Institute authors reflects on the impact of the coronavirus and tells us “As painful as this episode has been for all Americans, it has also been especially trying for older individuals.” If you read any newspaper it is as if we must prepare ourselves not just for the impact COVID may have on us, but also what the markets and economy will look like amidst an upcoming Presidential Election. Call us if you are trying to determine where a safe place may be to put some of your hard earned money. We’re always here to tell you about options we know about, and which from our perspective have been tried and true for a long time.

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An all-encompassing view

This week’s article makes a valid point, that “safeguarding financial wellness requires an all-encompassing view of a person. This means considering their tangible assets (including savings and property), but also less tangible assets such as health, skills and career readiness to work longer”. Even before COVID-19 caused us to examine more closely our retirement readiness, we may not have been focusing on the fact that “on average, individuals are outliving their money by between eight and 20 years; women in particular are at the sharp end of this scale, with longer lives and pension savings around 40% lower than men’s.” If you’d like to realign your goals, give us a call. We’re always here to help and may have some options you haven’t considered.

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More Fiscally Conservative Yet Simultaneously More Freeing

More Fiscally Conservative Yet Simultaneously More Freeing
This week’s article tells a story we are all too familiar with: “Approaching retirement at age 65, John and Jill Smith realized their monthly income from Social Security and pensions total $700 less than their fixed expenses. They have savings to fill the gap, but worry that their nest egg may not be sufficient to cover both their fixed expenses and their annual travel plans — especially if they are fortunate enough to enjoy a long retirement. Prudent investors often tackle this problem by becoming ultra conservative with their money. They commit to withdrawing so little from their savings that they have almost no chance of using it all up — say 4 percent of their account balance per year — or they simply forego travel and most other forms of discretionary spending. There is an alternative approach, one that could be considered even more fiscally conservative and yet simultaneously more freeing. It involves using some portion of your savings to purchase an annuity, which is a special type of insurance contract that can be used to generate a guaranteed stream of income for life. The idea is to use these payouts to cover your monthly income gap, which then frees you to use the balance of your savings as you like — without worrying that you’ll be unable to afford food and shelter down the road.” Sound like an option you’d like to pursue? Call us, we’re always here to help.

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Causing Worry

The ongoing pandemic is causing people to worry, “whether they are approaching their retirement age or just starting out in their career – anxious about their finances, and retirement plans. This is the reason why more and more people are increasingly considering lifetime income products that are less vulnerable to factors like market volatility, retirement longevity, and challenges created by cognitive decline in order to secure their retirement income.” If you are worried and would like to learn more about these types of products, call us. We’re always here to help.

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Some Critical Moves

This week’s article points out that “Social Security payments are one of the biggest assets that most people have,” and “how you handle that income has an important impact on an overall plan.” A “critical move” that is highlighted is not only to know your full retirement age and to weigh the advantages of delaying your Social Security benefits, but to “coordinate the timing of benefit claims with your spouse.” A law “phases out a strategy known as restricting an application for spousal benefits, which could boost a couple’s total payout by tens of thousands of dollars.” Call us if you have made your critical moves and still need options for income that you can’t outlive. We’re always here to help.

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Aging is an Opportunity

Aging is an Opportunity
This week’s article reminds us “silver is the new green”, and that “around the world, people are living longer as birth rates decline.” Because of this, it isn’t just public policymakers and the private business sector that must reevaluate their long-term strategies. As Seniors, we are reminded a “changing landscape offers significant rewards for those with the foresight to adapt.” Call us. It pays to think ahead, and we’re always here to help you do that.

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Building a Portfolio with Principal Protection

Building a Portfolio with Principal Protection
This week’s article reminds us that pre-retirees can “diversify their portfolio in a way that distributes risk and prepares their retirement savings for growth in a variety of economic environments. It’s even possible to build in some principal protection with the inclusion of Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs). FIAs are insurance products that can guarantee income to contract holders over a period of time — even over a lifetime”. With this financial product, “the insurance company absorbs the risk of market downturns, guaranteeing a minimum floor, and protecting contract holders from market losses.” If you are concerned about having to absorb the risk of market downturns in your portfolio, call us, we’re happy to see if an FIA is right for you. We’re always here to help.

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