PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 24th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the complex and formidable task of planning for health care expenses in retirement. Even the median healthy couple retiring today at age 65 faces a massive projected lifetime health care bill just shy of $300,000. It is clear that retirement advisers are in a good position to help individuals identify and address this incredible challenge.

Health Care and Other Benefits
Health Care Unknowns Have Always Vexed Retirement Planners
A new “Cost of Long-Term Care” analysis published by Moll Law Group underscores the fundamental difficulty of planning for the health care unknowns faced by all retirement savers. Read more >
Longer Student Loan Terms and Greater Monthly Payments Reported
Overwhelmingly, employees surveyed by IonTuition agree with the statement, “I would like my company to offer a voluntary student loan assistance benefit.” Read more >
A Couple Retiring This Year Will Need $280K for Health Care
This is up 2% from last year—and 75% from 2002, when Fidelity began estimating health care costs in retirement.  Read more >
Health Factors Can Derail Plans to Retire Later
While Prudential found pre-retirees seem well-aware of risk factors that could force them to retire earlier, study results show they could benefit from a financial plan. Read more >
Health Care Costs Negatively Affecting Workers’ Financial Picture
Of the 48% who say their health care costs have increased, more than one-quarter have decreased their retirement plan contributions. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Half of Households Likely to Face a Retirement Shortfall

Looking at whether retirees will be able to replace 75% of their final-year earnings, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found the number of households at risk of facing a shortfall range from 42% to 60%.

Average Age Americans Plan to Retire Is 62

However, only 56% of people have calculated how much income they need to retire, MassMutual learned in a survey.

High-Net-Worth Individuals Would Like to Use RMDs to Offset Taxes

They also say they will not need the money for day-to-day living expenses, Allianz Life found in a survey.

Wells Fargo’s Annual Retirement Study Portrays an Industry in Transition

Executives overseeing the survey report agreed that the U.S. is just beginning to see the real impact of decades of public policy decisions and private employer efforts to fundamentally reshape the retirement landscape.  

Lack of Emergency Savings Intersects Retirement Concerns

The majority of respondents to a Cuna Mutual Group survey feel positive about their prospects for upward wealth mobility; on the other hand, a quarter say they have no emergency savings.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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