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Retirement Health Care Costs and Income Replacement Ratios

2017-09-01T14:18:06+00:00

Financial advisors, plan sponsors, and millions of investors rely on income replacement ratios (IRRs) – a percentage of pre-retirement income – to estimate how much will be needed to maintain desired lifestyles in retirement. IRRs have provided advisors with a streamlined, top-down approach for assessing a client’s retirement readiness without having to calculate and project [...]

2015 RETIREMENT HEALTH CARE COSTS DATA REPORT

2017-09-01T14:12:36+00:00

HealthView Services’ 2015 Retirement Health Care Cost Data Report is derived from 50 million actual health care cases and a wide range of additional data sources. HealthView’s actuary and physician-reviewed cost-projection methodology compares year-end data sets between 2013 and year-end 2014, and the company’s rigorous bottom-up approach to calculating total retirement health care costs leverages [...]

Understanding the Impact of Modified Adjusted Gross Income on Retirement Health Care Costs

2017-09-01T14:16:30+00:00

Strategies To Reduce Medicare Income Surcharges In terms of retirement planning, many Baby Boomers have done everything right. They have calculated future expenses, invested in IRAs and 401(k)s, and labored for decades to maximize their pensions and Social Security—all to generate the necessary income to enjoy a lengthy and financially secure retirement. They believe—and with [...]

Medicare Means Testing

2017-08-31T20:17:40+00:00

Medicare Means Testing? Medicare currently provides health coverage to over 50-million subscribers.  Enrollment is projected to reach 64 million in 2020 and 81 million in 2030.  Couple this with a projection of only 2.5 workers to every retiree by 2030, and this federal entitlement will likely dwarf all other spending programs.  To increase funding, The [...]

Health Care Inflation and Retirement Health Care Cost Index

2017-08-31T20:16:11+00:00

One of the most subtle yet dynamic variables that contributes to rising medical expenses is health care inflation, which is projected to grow between 5% and 6% annually for the foreseeable future – more than twice the historic rate for Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLAs). The compounding effect of this differential over the [...]

Closing the Retirement Gap

2017-09-01T14:20:48+00:00

The Next Retirement Planning Challenge At a time when many Americans are failing to save enough to achieve long-term financial security, retirement plans have little margin for error when it comes to unanticipated costs. Even though industry surveys reveal future retirees cite paying for health care as a primary retirement concern, this expense is not [...]

Long Term Care

2017-08-31T20:19:35+00:00

What is Long Term Care? Long-term care (LTC) refers to assistance with daily living activities – including bathing, eating, and dressing – for a prolonged period of time (usually over 90 days). LTC can range from support with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), such as taking medication and shopping, to 24-hour nursing home care. [...]

Texas Hold’em

2018-06-06T21:19:16+00:00

A few weeks ago, my neighbor, Dan, invited me to a Texas Hold‘em fundraiser at his temple. Normally, gambling isn’t my thing; in fact, the only card game I play now is Uno with my daughter, Taylor. “I’m not sure,” I said.  “I’m not much of a gambler.” “Come on.  It’s for charity,” he coaxed, “and [...]

Rose-Tinted Glasses

2017-07-11T18:20:47+00:00

While Ron’s View is generally written to appeal to financial professionals, this Update is focused on consumers and their protection. For this week’s Update, All names have been changed. I recently had lunch with a friend who informed me that he had lost $100,000 in a local investment scam. I found this shocking because Larry is [...]