As we’ve covered in a previous blog post, creating an estate plan to address the inevitable can be an emotionally exhausting process for any family. To make things even more challenging, estate planning mainly focuses on the legal disposition of assets and is often only part of a larger legacy plan that can include much more.
With the recent volatility in the stock markets, it is a good time for investors to review their risk tolerance. A formal risk assessment can provide valuable information that investors can use to form a baseline from which to make financial decisions, even amid market fluctuations and changes in life and work.1 While no specific risk level is better than another, it is important to understand where you fall on the risk spectrum so you can apply that information toward your financial planning and investment strategies. Are you unsure of your risk tolerance? Asking for a formal risk assessment from your financial advisor is a great place to start.
A good retirement plan gives you a snapshot of your current situation along with multiple “what-if” future scenarios. Your plan is not complete until you factor in the great unknown – the future cost of a long-term care event for you or a loved one.
If you haven’t heard of health savings accounts, or HSAs, now is a great time to learn. An HSA allows for tax‐advantaged savings that can be used to pay for medical expenses now or in the future. In order to qualify for an HSA, you must be enrolled in a high‐deductible health insurance plan. High deductible insurance plans offer low premiums in exchange for the insured person or family taking on high deductibles.
We women live longer than men, and many of us will be on our own at some time in the future. At age 65, we can expect to live another 20 years on average, and we will need to depend on ourselves more than ever to successfully navigate the retirement landscape. Most of us cannot afford to make a major mistake and still ensure there will be time to recover.