Welcome to the round-up!

Below are the posts we read, found interesting and loved this week for a variety of reasons. They are inspiring and thought-provoking and we’d like to share them with you.

Reuters

Five Steps to Age-proof Your Retirement Healthcare Costs

This is a great article that discusses health concerns as it relates to your retirement. Your health impacts your retirement savings. There are some specific things you can do to make your later years more healthy.

Check out our article on the same topic. Healthcare Can Destroy Your Retirement. Here’s the Solution.

 

ABC News

Women More at Risk Financially in Retirement Than Men

This article brings to light how women can be at a disadvantage when it comes to making their retirement savings last. Career breaks, lower earning potential and longevity all contribute to the final numbers.

From the article:

“Experts say Wightman and women like her need to take control of their finances now more than ever. A recent survey found retiring women are at greater risk for financial collapse than men.
A big factor is higher medical costs. 70 percent of nursing home residents are women according to AARP. And when it comes to out of pocket health costs, retired women pay about $600 more a year than men.
Another factor? Lower wages. Women earn 79 cents to the dollar compared to men, meaning women generally have less money to pay for long term health care. Women also spend more time out of the workforce to care for children or aging parents.
“I gave up my career to have my children and so that automatically put me into a position where I wasn’t going to be able to contribute as much to pension as if I had carried on with my career,” Wightman says.”

 

The New York Times

The Wish List I Made After My Wife Almost Died

This is a thought-provoking article that begs you to make your wishlists sooner rather than later to live a more fulfilling life and of course, fewer regrets. A must read!

From the article:

 

CBS NEWS

Is $1 million What You Need to Retire?

In a way this is a disheartening article that tries its best to teach you how to live with less in retirement. While downsizing can be helpful, frugality is not the whole answer to make your retirement savings last. There are many more options to boost your retirement and we discuss them at length on this blog. So no, $1 million isn’t enough to retire. You do need more and you shouldn’t settle for less.

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