Can You Live 2+ Years Longer?

When I run long-term projections for folks, I regularly assume 95 years will be their life expectancy.  You should see some of the looks I get!  Almost everyone laughs and says there is no way they will make it to age 95.  However, statistics show that a 65-year-old couple has a 90% chance that one of them will be alive at age 80 and nearly 50% chance that one of them will still be alive at age 90!  How is this percentage going to change over the next 20 years until I reach retirement?

JPM Life Expectancy

Also, keep in mind that data on the left is put together by the Social Security Administration, so it is a sample set of the entire population!

Do you go to the dentist regularly?  Dr. David Cleveland at Darby Creek Dental shared that more than 1 in 5 Americans hasn’t seen a dentist in more than 3 years!  Do you wear your seatbelt?  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 27 million Americans still do not?  Do you have access to quality healthcare?  What about the ability to buy quality fresh foods?  If you answered yes to any of the above, you are likely to have a longer expectancy than the average American.

So again, I ask…is 95 absurd?

So how long of a retirement should you plan for?  Can you change your life expectancy?

The obvious answer is to look at longevity in your family history.  If both of your parents lived into their 90s and were physically and mentally healthy, you have a pretty good chance to be looking towards that centenarian mark.  Want some tips directly from the Centenarian’s themselves, then read this article from PBS or watch this video from Sharp Health.

Ok, so what about you?!?  Try taking the test at www.livingto100.com that will ask some specific health questions and compare your estimated life expectancy to the average.  It will also recommend life changes and will show how those changes can impact your longevity.

So what age did you get?

If you need help planning for all those wonderful years of retirement, please feel free to reach out to me!

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Are you going to be broke in retirement?

So I am not a sales person and try not to be pushy, but I have to share with you some of the results of the recent 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey.  The survey shows that 44% of all workers in the US just took a guess (is this a random guess?) at how much money they needed to save for retirement!  The next statistic is even more concerning.  Almost 30% of Households with annual income of $75,000 or greater thought they only needed $500,000 or less for retirement!

There is a rule of thumb that says you can withdraw about 4-5% of your portfolio per year throughout retirement.  This would mean that at 5% the household would only be drawing $25,000 ($500,000 * 5%) a year from their portfolio!  This would be a HUGE decrease in standard of living!

If you don’t know how much you should have saved, find a planner at www.napfa.org

Source:  http://www.ebri.org/pdf/briefspdf/EBRI_IB_03-2010_No340_RCS.pdf  (check out page 23)