This is scary stuff. Medicare is critical if you want to retire. Without it most boomers and seniors would have crippling medical costs in retirement. Privatizing Medicare is NOT a solution. It would save the government money but throw the risk, and increasing costs, back on the recipients. And it's not broke! Don't break it!
We are revisiting what we mean by retirement, and it’s very clear that the definition of what people do even into their 70s is changing a lot, and people are continuing to work full time, continuing to work part time, and that has increased more for women than for men. There has been a big change in family structure, increases in divorce have left women more on their own, they may not be dependent on their husband’s pension or Social Security benefits, and of course women are living longer than men. So they have more need to think ahead to retirement.
We’re about to pay the price for all the good times.
Buy-outs happen for a reason, and while it may not be clear at first, these three things can help you make the most of it.
The sudden or unexpected loss of a job can feel similar to a divorce or losing a loved one, and unfortunately, there is no magic bullet for speeding up the grieving process.
Based on over 40 years of experience, these are guidelines that a retirement expert uses for his own planning. Some key takeaways:
- Work until 70, but not necessarily at the same job.
- Develop sources of retirement income.
- Control living expenses.
- Take care of health.
- Protect against catastrophic health conditions.
- Stay socially engaged.