Retirement

Cost Of Medical Services And Health Insurance In The United States

The growing cost of medical services and health insurance in the United States is a problem that is not isolated to a single demographic. Many people are impacted. The latest surveys of American businesses report that health insurance and benefits are one of their greatest expenses, second only to employee payroll. Companies used to subsidize…

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Health Care Roundup

By now, most of us know to check with our health insurance company to make sure our physician or specialist referral is covered by our health care plan and within the covered network. But what if you’re unconscious or in some other medical emergency? Say, for instance, you need to be airlifted to a medical…

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Don’t Leave Your Long-Term Care Plan to Chance

According to new research from Genworth, one of the nation’s leading long-term care insurance companies, Americans are both entering caregiver roles and requiring care at younger ages. Among the study’s findings: Nearly half of family caregivers now are men The average age of a family caregiver is 47 (down from age 53 in 2010) 57%…

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Pros And Cons of Municipal Bonds

U.S. stock markets were enjoying an eighth consecutive year of a bull market until volatility toward the end of 2018 erased all of the past year’s gains. In times like this, as share prices continue to bounce back and forth on a day-to-day basis, investors close to or in retirement often transition to more conservative…

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Responsible Investing Options Keep Sprouting

Nearly $23 trillion of assets worldwide are managed using responsible investing (RI) strategies, a 25 percent increase since 2014, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. New funds focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have also doubled since 2014. RI used to suffer under the guise of a do-good passion project or something…

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Decreasing Benefits Contribute To Retiree Bankruptcy

For most of the 20th century, it was common for employers and unions to sponsor health care insurance for retired workers, which helped pay for some or all of Medicare’s cost-sharing requirements and deductibles. However, this trend reversed sharply in the mid-1990s. A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that only 19…

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Health Care Costs a Top Concern in Retirement

Living to a ripe old age brings with it many milestones and memories. Unfortunately, it also can come with significant medical expenses. The longer we live, the more likely we are to incur them. A recent survey of affluent, older adults conducted by the Nationwide Retirement Institute revealed 64 percent are “terrified” that significant health…

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Pension vs. 401(k)

Pension vs. 401(k)

Given a choice, which would you choose: a guaranteed fixed income for the rest of your life, or a lump sum that you could invest? As it turns out, lots of people prefer a sure thing. This is what a recent survey showed about public sector employees posed with the option to select a defined…

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Money Matters

Money Matters

To help combat chronic poverty, some think tanks and economists have pitched the idea of a universal basic income (UBI), issued by the government. In the words of the 1980s band Dire Straits, UBI is essentially “money for nothing.” Proponents suggest that if every American adult received $1,000 a month to do with whatever they…

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The Cost of Maintaining a Home

Home maintainance cost

To age at home, or not to age at home: That is the question many retirees eventually face. One major determining factor is whetherthey can afford to move into a senior community offering living assistance and nursing care if necessary. While costs vary from state to state, the 2018 nationwide average for assisted living costs…

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