Social Security can be pretty complex, and even basic questions can feel overwhelming. We wrote this article to help answer some of the most common questions about the program. Please feel free to share it with any family or friends who may be wondering about the what and the when of their benefits.
If you’re worried that you haven’t saved enough for retirement, then you’re not alone. Nearly half of American families have no retirement savings to speak of. It really is easy to get sidetracked. The immediate needs of raising a family may seem to take precedence over funding a future retirement. However, that retirement will come sooner than you think.
If you’re behind on your savings, here are six steps to help catch up.
Medicare’s open enrollment begins this month, and if you are already receiving Medicare, now is an ideal time to review your coverage. Even if you plan to keep the coverage you have, you should make sure you take a look at your plans’ changes for 2019, such as price increases for prescription drugs. By taking a little time now to review your options, you may be able to get a better deal, can help prevent expensive surprises later, and can feel confident that you have the right coverage—at least, until next year’s open enrollment.
The digital revolution has enriched our lives in many ways. We can stay in more frequent contact with family across the country, meet new friends around the world, enjoy the convenience of online banking, and buy practically anything we need without leaving the home.
Many people are aware that married couples can receive Social Security based on their spouse’s work record. But what a lot of people don’t know is that divorced individuals can do so too. This option could help increase your Social Security benefits in retirement, although you should be aware of the caveats as well.
Cash balance plans are an increasingly popular retirement planning tool. Given their generous contribution limits, you could quickly build a sizable nest egg while reducing your income taxes. But are these plans right for you? To help you decide, we take a look at what they are, who they work best for, and their potential pros and cons.
The number of wealthy women in the United States is rising twice as fast as the number of wealthy men according to CNBC. Many experts estimate that by 2030, women will control as much as two-thirds of the nation’s wealth. As these indicators all pointing to financial risings for females, it is important that women plan their retirement savings accordingly.
One of the biggest issues in retirement remains the cost of health. With the enjoyment of a longer retirement comes the cost of extended healthcare coverage. Furthermore, healthcare costs are increasing more than two-and-a-half times the rate of inflation. Additionally, as life expectancy rates continue to climb, so does the amount of money needed to sustain an individual’s costs over his or her lifespan.