What Women Shouldn’t Retire Without

A practical financial checklist for the future.

Provided by Bob Medler, AIF®, CKA®, CRPC®, CMFC®
LPL Wealth Advisor | Investment Analyst

When our parents retired, living to 75 amounted to a nice long life, and Social Security was often supplemented by a pension. The Social Security Administration estimates that today’s average 65-year-old woman will live to age 86½. Given these projections, it appears that a retirement of 20 years or longer might be in your future.1,2

Are you prepared for a 20-year retirement? How about a 30-year or even 40-year retirement? Don’t laugh; it could happen. The SSA projects that about 33% of today’s 65-year-olds will live past 90, with approximately 14% living to be older than 95.2

Start with good questions. How can you draw retirement income from what you’ve saved? How might you create other income streams to complement Social Security? And what are some ways you can protect your retirement savings and other financial assets?

Enlist a financial professional. The right person can give you some good ideas, especially one who understands the challenges women face in saving for retirement. These may include income inequality or time out of the workforce due to childcare or eldercare. It could also mean helping you maintain financial equilibrium in the wake of divorce or death of a spouse.

Invest strategically. If you are in your fifties, you have less time to make back any big investment losses than you once did. So, protecting what you have should be a priority. At the same time, the possibility of a retirement lasting up to 30 or 40 years will likely require a growing retirement fund.

Consider extended care coverage. Women have longer average life expectancies than men and can require significant periods of eldercare. Medicare is no substitute for extended care insurance; it only covers a few weeks of nursing home care, and that may only apply under special circumstances. Extended care coverage can provide a huge financial relief if the need arises.1,3

Claim Social Security benefits carefully. If your career and health permit, delaying Social Security may be a wise move. If you wait until full retirement age to claim your benefits, you could receive larger Social Security payments as a result. For every year you wait to claim Social Security, your monthly payments get about 8% larger.4

Retire with a strategy. As you face retirement, a financial professional who understands your unique goals can help you design a wealth management approach that might serve you well for years to come.

 

Robert Medler is a Registered Representative with and, securities are offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC CA Insurance License # 0C05523

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Several factors will affect the cost and availability of life insurance, including age, health, and the type and amount of insurance purchased. Life insurance policies have expenses, including mortality and other charges. If a policy is surrendered prematurely, the policyholder also may pay surrender charges and have income tax implications. You should consider determining whether you are insurable before implementing a strategy involving life insurance. Any guarantees associated with a policy are dependent on the ability of the issuing insurance company to continue making claim payments.

Citations.
1 – cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db355.htm [1/20]
2 – ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.htm [2/25/20]
3 – medicare.gov/coverage/skilled-nursing-facility-care.html [2/25/20]
4 – investopedia.com/retirement/when-take-social-security-complete-guide/ [11/24/19]