Don't let long-term care devastate employees' retirement

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Don’t let long-term care costs devastate clients' retirement
People are living longer, which, in addition to the obvious good news, also boosts the chance that they will need long-term care after they retire, according to this article on Kiplinger. Clients should consider getting the appropriate insurance to prepare for the hefty costs of a long-term care, as Medicare and Medicaid do not cover all of the retiree's health care expenses. They may also consider getting "living benefits" products, an asset-based long-term care coverage, or an annuity.

retirement heath care medicare nurse old aged by Bloomberg News
A physical therapist, right, walks with a patient at Jukoukai Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Japan spent more than any other country in the world keeping people 65 years or older in hospital in 2011, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data, while medical expenses are forecast to rise 54 percent to 54 trillion yen ($506 billion) in fiscal 2025 compared with 2012, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Why chasing returns is especially dangerous for retirees
Retirees should avoid raising their stock allocations for greater returns and instead stick to guidance provided by their financial advisers, according to this article from Forbes. According to Vanguard, not deviating from a financial plan prepared by an adviser could result in 1.5% more in average annual returns, according to the article. "Even after advisory fees, the net return earned by the investor could be higher than otherwise,” writes the contributor.

Can clients roll over 401(k) directly into a Roth IRA?
Under new laws, clients are allowed to roll over their 401(k) assets directly into traditional IRA for the pre-tax contributions and Roth IRAs for the after-tax funds without any upfront tax consequences, according to this article on Motley Fool. Converting traditional 401(k) assets into a Roth account is recommended when clients move to a lower tax bracket at the time of the conversion. That's because the tax bill will be lower than when they do the conversion in the year they are in a higher tax bracket.

More than half of Americans lose sleep over money—here are 4 ways to improve their finances immediately
To improve their long-term financial health, clients are advised to contribute consistently to a 401(k) or other tax-advantaged retirement account, according to this article on CNBC. Another way to enhance their wealth is to pay themselves first by setting aside an amount in an account where the funds can grow. They should also consider automating their retirement plan contributions and invest for compounded growth.

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