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A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) examines the reasons that there is a “robust” 2% increase in male mortality immediately after age 62. Women don’t suffer from this phenomenon. The study speculates there are three possible reasons: First, the paper notes that individuals frequently stop working … Read More
Retirees will receive a 2% increase in their Social Security retirement benefits in 2018 (the biggest increase in six years). The average retirement benefit will increase by $27 to $1,404 per month and the average retired couple will receive a $46 raise to $2,340 per month. On the other hand, … Read More
Inflation is a silent and deadly threat to your retirement success and happiness. Inflation has been relatively quiet the last few years, but it’s still there eating away at your purchasing power. The current rate of inflation is approximately 2.2.% and it’s rising — the rate was .1% in 2015 … Read More
People worry about retirement because it’s a great unknown. It’s like walking down a lighted hallway and turning into a dark room. You’ve never been there so it’s scary. That’s normal. Want to prepare for retirement without freaking out? You need a total retirement plan. Having a plan for anything … Read More
Here are some frightening statistics about the impact of health care costs in retirement and their relationship to Social Security benefits: The average 70-year old couple will spend $14,554 on out-of-pocket health care costs in 2017. This assumes no extreme illnesses. It will take approximately 40% of this couple’s Social … Read More