(NAPSI)âThe Stanford Center on Longevityâs 2018 âSightlines Reportâ found that baby boomers have accumulated less household wealth and carry more debt in comparison to previous generations of American retirees.
The report found that overall household asset balancesâand retirement savings in particularâare lower for boomers than for the elderly Americans born before them. In addition, baby boomers are carrying more debt compared to older generations, with one in three holding a debt burden exceeding 50 percent of their total wealth.
With approximately 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day, the news that baby boomers are less ready to retire than those generations who have come before them is disconcerting by itself, but it is especially worrisome in light of rising retirement expenses they will face.
âGiven that boomers will likely live longer and rack up higher lifetime medical costs than prior generations, the inevitable conclusion is that boomers will face some tough challenges during their retirement years,â according to CBS MoneyWatch.
Financial planning experts offer a few possible retirement readiness fixes to help baby boomers address a shortfall in available cash:
âMany seniors are surprised to learn that one potential asset for generating immediate cash is a life insurance policy,â said Darwin M. Bayston, CFA, president and chief executive officer of the Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA), a nonprofit organization that educates seniors about alternatives to lapsing or surrendering a life insurance policy. âA life insurance policy is considered your personal property andâas suchâyou have the right to sell that policy anytime you like.â
When a consumer sells a policy in a âlife settlementâ transaction, the policy owner receives a cash payment and the purchaser of the policy assumes all future premium paymentsâthen receives the death benefit upon the death of the insured. Candidates for life settlements are typically aged 70 years or older, with a life insurance policy that has a death benefit of at least $100,000.
To learn more about life settlements and whether you could be eligible for a free review of your life insurance policy, visit www.LISA.org or call the LISA office at 888-902-6639.
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