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Why Women Need Life Insurance

September 15th, 2012

Why Women Need Life Insurance By Pamela J. Sams, CRPC NABBW’s Retirement Planning for Women Expert Today, women have more financial responsibilities than ever before. How will your family or loved ones manage financially if you die? Whether you are single, married, employed, or a stay-at-home mom, you probably need life insurance. At the very least, life insurance can help pay for the costs of funeral and burial services, estate administration, outstanding debts, estate taxes, and the uninsured expenses of a final illness. Who needs life insurance? Working women Increasingly, families... Read More

Women and the Retirement Ripple Effect

July 29th, 2012

Women and the Retirement Ripple Effect By Pamela J. Sams, CRPC NABBW’s Retirement Planning for Women Expert Women today are an integral part of our economy and key financial decision-makers in their families. In the last 40 years, women\’s incomes have risen more than 60% according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and women control 51% of the private wealth in America1. Despite this influence, there are certain factors distinct to women that create challenging retirement realities for them. As a group, lower wages on average and more time spent out of the workforce than men... Read More

Financial Challenges of Caring for an Aging Parent or Parents

July 29th, 2012

Financial Challenges of Caring for an Aging Parent or Parents By Pamela J. Sams, CRPC NABBW’s Retirement Planning for Women Expert It was your parents who made sure the tooth fairy never forgot you, and took care of all the bumps and bruises of childhood. They were taking the pictures when you graduated from high school, and later when you married. When you gave them grandchildren, you could see them glow with pride. Now, they are aging and unable to live alone. They need your help with some things and you are bringing them to live with you. The challenges are the same whether you assisting... Read More

Retirement Rules of Thumb

June 4th, 2012

Retirement Rules of Thumb By Pamela J. Sams, CRPC NABBW’s Retirement Planning for Women Expert Because retirement rules of thumb are guidelines designed for the average situation, they\’ll tend to be “wrong” for a particular retiree as often as they\’re “right.” However, rules of thumb are usually based on a sound financial principle, and can provide a good starting point for assessing your retirement needs. Here are four common retirement rules of thumb. The percentage of stock in a portfolio should equal 100 minus your age Financial professionals often... Read More

Why Women Need Social Security

April 18th, 2012

Why Women Need Social Security By Pamela J. Sams, CRPC NABBW’s Retirement Planning for Women Expert Did you know that the first person ever to receive ongoing Social Security benefits was a woman? Ever since Ida May Fuller received the first retirement benefit check in 1940, women have been counting on Social Security to provide much-needed retirement income. Social Security provides other important benefits too, including disability and survivor\’s benefits, that can help women of all ages and their family members. Retirement benefits: a steady stream of lifetime income While... Read More

For Better, For Worse: Communicating About Retirement

January 31st, 2012

For Better, For Worse: Communicating About Retirement By Pamela J. Sams, CRPC NABBW’s Retirement Planning for Women Expert A recent survey suggests that many couples are not communicating clearly about retirement goals and strategies, even as they approach retirement age. The couples surveyed were at least 46 years old with a minimum annual household income of $75,000 or at least $100,000 in investable assets.1 Only 41% said they handle decisions on retirement savings and investments together, and 73% disagreed on whether they had a detailed strategy for retirement income. Many couples... Read More

Not Your Grandmother’s Retirement – a Look at Retirement in the Modern World

December 23rd, 2011

Not Your Grandmother\’s Retirement – a Look at Retirement in the Modern World By Pamela J. Sams, CRPC NABBW’s Retirement Planning for Women Expert According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average life expectancy in the United States was 77.9 years as of 2007. That longer life expectancy has an impact on all aspects of society, from health care expenses and employment law to retirement planning and finances. A higher life expectancy can have its greatest impact on retirement planning, since it requires that your nest egg support you for decades after you... Read More

What Women Need To Know About Preparing for Retirement

October 28th, 2011

What Women Need To Know About Preparing for Retirement By Pamela J. Sams, CRPC NABBW’s Retirement Planning for Women Expert As women, we have many different roles that we take on throughout our lives. We are daughters, wives, mothers, employees, housekeepers, volunteers and much more. With all of this activity, hustle and bustle, thinking about the day when we will retire always seems like it is a long way off. It can be difficult to put effort into saving for something that seems such a distant idea. However, planning and preparing for retirement is one of the most important things that... Read More

Writing Out Your Retirement Goals

September 12th, 2011

Writing Out Your Retirement Goals Before you begin looking for a financial advisor to advise you on retirement investments, it helps to write out a list of retirement goals. The writing exercise forces you to think both concretely and abstractly about what kind of budget you will live on during your retirement. As an example of how this exercise can help you, this article provides a discussion of 3 thought-provoking questions for future retirees. 1. How much monthly income do you need to live on during retirement? This is a big question. You can start by thinking about the age you want to retire... Read More