The Government’s Newest Rule Is One We’ve Already Been Following

After heated opposition and a two-month delay, the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule became effective June 9, 2017 (with certain documentation requirements applicable on January 1, 2018). This law pertains to any professional who makes investment-related recommendations on employee benefit plans and IRA retirement assets pursuant to an agreement. Legislators hope to educate the public…

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Reverse Mortgage: A Possible Back-Up Plan

The numbers are staggering: Baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 a day. According to the PWC Employee Financial Wellness Survey, roughly half of all baby boomers have saved $100,000 or less. For this generation, retirement may last 30 years or more and and will be expensive. Basic living expenses such as groceries, fuel, and electricity will stretch budgets, leaving little money for hobbies and other leisure activities that the boomers enjoy today.

Navigating Healthcare When You Retire

Securing a Health Care Plan in retirement can be a challenge if you retire before age 65 and are Medicare eligible. If you are under 65, there are typically two options available. First, you can continue on your employer’s health insurance (assuming you had an employer who offered health care) for up to 18 months. This is called COBRA. With COBRA, you will pay 102% of the premium—the full cost of the insurance plus a 2% administrative fee. Second, you can obtain your own coverage through the marketplace paying the going rate and keeping that coverage until you are Medicare eligible at age 65. Note that with the first option, the 18 month COBRA period may not take you to age 65 so you might still need to obtain your own policy for some period of time.