This post is based on Improving Women’s Retirement Security, my Washington Insights from earlier this year. This important issue warrants revisiting until the pieces are in place to help women achieve retirement readiness.
Although women may be at a greater risk than men of not achieving a secure retirement for many reasons, most face three major hurdles in trying to achieve retirement readiness.
- Women generally live longer than men — about five years longer at birth and almost three years longer at age 65. Most women have less income and retirement savings to finance those additional years, which often require greater out-of-pocket health expenses and long-term care and support services.
- Because women typically fulfill the role of caregiver for children and others, they’re more likely than men to work part time or in lower-paying occupations, have shorter careers and pass up promotional opportunities.
- The transition from a defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) retirement system has changed how retirement savings are passed on to widows. With a traditional DB pension, the default payout for a married couple is a joint and survivor annuity. But because DC assets are largely not annuitized in retirement, women whose assets aren’t managed to last their lifetimes are financially vulnerable.
When dramatic or disruptive changes occur to mutual funds or other investment vehicles inside defined contribution plans, many sponsors want to be quick to react. And that quick response should lead them directly to their plan’s Investment Policy Statement (IPS).Read More
At a recent SPARK Institute Advisory Board meeting, attorneys Michael Hadley and Derek Dorn of the Davis & Harman LLP law firm reviewed these pending retirement-related regulatory and legislative developments, among others.Read More
This fee is aptly named. Just as a custodian maintains a facility, an IRA custodian maintains your account by performing a range of tasks for both you as the account holder and for the IRS. For this service, the custodian charges a custodian/trustee (C/T) fee, generally paid annually.Read More
You already know that life insurance is designed to protect your family if you die prematurely. But are you “insured” against the opposite situation: Living so long that you outlast your retirement savings? If not, you can create your own strategy to help your savings last. Think of it as a self-insurance policy against longevity.Read More
Is there anyone who’s not familiar with this simplest, most common solution to technology issues?
I reboot everything before calling for support. I learned this valuable lesson when the rollerball on the side of my aged BlackBerry collapsed into the device. When I called my company’s IT help desk to request a new device, I was asked to reboot the BlackBerry. But, I protested, it’s a hardware problem, not software! “You’d be surprised what you can fix with a reboot,” came IT’s response. Well, I certainly would have been surprised if rebooting fixed the hardware problem — it didn’t, of course. But I learned: The first step is to always reboot.Read More