Whether you’re in retirement or getting ready to retire, here are 10 useful retirement tips and terms.
Protect Your Nest Egg:
- Full Retirement Age: Full Retirement Age (FRA) is the age you can receive 100 percent of your Social Security benefit. If you delay, the benefits will increase by 8 percent, up to 70.
- Spousal Benefits: Another strategy that may help maximize your Social Security income is the spousal benefit. The spousal benefit is an option to receive your own benefit or one-half of your spouse’s benefit, whichever is greater.
- Lifetime Income: A term used to describe income for life. Social Security, pensions and annuities all provide lifetime income.
- Retirement Asset Diversification: Similar to portfolio diversification, you may benefit from having different types of assets. One of the most important retirement tips to consider is working with a retirement professional to stay properly diversified.
- Required Minimum Distributions: Mandatory IRS distributions to begin taking withdrawals from your retirement accounts, such as IRAs and 401k. They are taxable and they begin at 70½, regardless of whether you want them.
- Re balancing: Re-balancing is a strategy to help keep your investments aligned with your time horizon and risk tolerance.
- Medicare Parts A, B, C, D:
- Part A – Hospital Coverage: If you qualify for medicare, you’ll pay no monthly premium for Part A coverage. However, you will have to meet the annual deductible before Medicare kicks in.
- Part B – Non-Hospital Medical Coverage: Optional coverage for doctor’s visits, tests, physical therapy, etc. You may want to opt out if you continue health insurance through a qualifying employer, or spouse.
- Part C – Medicare Advantage: An alternative to Parts A and B, it offers coverage through private insurance companies that contract with Medicare. May provide benefits such as vision or dental care at an additional cost.
- Part D – Prescription Drug Coverage: Adds prescription drug coverage to Medicare. It is offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare.
- Donut Hole: A retirement term that describes the gap (or hole) in Medicare Part D, prescription coverage.
- Long-Term Care Insurance: Coverage for people who need help with common daily living activities, such as bathing, eating and dressing.
- Estate Planning: Preparing for retirement is a good time to review or create an estate plan. Updating living wills and powers of attorney is a good idea too.
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