In a political and economic landscape thatâ€™s making seniorsâ€™ â€śgolden yearsâ€ť tougher, Scott Page is leveraging his experience and passion to help them connect with financial education and options
After nearly 30 years helping people sell their life insurance policies for cash settlements, Scott Page has shifted gears to a consultative role apart from the settlement industry he helped create. So, the guy who helped make Betty White a spokesperson for a senior financial solution is now serving as CEO for LifeGuide Partners, an educational resource for seniors who are searching for new ways to fund retirement.
Page says that, while President Trumpâ€™s idea of retirement as a moving target may take into consideration the fact that people are living longer, trying to push back the Required Minimum Distribution Rules from the current 70.5 for a traditional IRA or 401(k) will not fix the problem. If that change goes into effect, many seniors may choose to live in fear near the national poverty level with social security as their only source of income by cutting corners with basic necessities such as healthcare and housing. A more effective Executive Order would instead fix the looming problems with social security and access to quality healthcare. Page says Americans should never have to live with the fear of getting sick and dying broke; we can work to change Washington, he notes, but, in the meantime, seniors have a right to know every option available to them when it comes to retirement planning.
â€śUnderstanding your own mortality (life expectancy) is critical to effective retirement planning,â€ť he says. â€śWithout this basic knowledge, youâ€™re just rolling the dice with your retirement. And an important part of that equation is understanding how much time is left on the clock.â€ť
Page says he likes to think of his work now as helping seniors and the people who care about them wake up and smell the proverbial coffee when it comes to finding the money to live without the fear of being broke. He made this career pivot to a more educational role upon recognizing that an increasing number of seniors face both unprecedented financial challenges and a myriad of corresponding solutions.
â€śIâ€™m convinced I made the right decision to shift to a more tutorial role as I see things like a recent article in The New Republic about seniors who live abroad because retirement affordability in the U.S. is imperiled,â€ť Page says. â€śAnd in the run up to the midterm elections I saw story after story of more tax cuts. A Wall Street Journal piece on that noted 44 percent of Americans no longer pay any federal income tax at all; that means benefits are not sustainable for our aging population.â€ť
Among other things, LifeGuide provides an appraisal service for existing life insurance policies. That review produces a realistic valuation utilizing proprietary analytic tools coupled with expertise and specific recommendations based on individual objectives.
â€śMost life insurance companiesâ€™ primary concern is selling new coverage and collecting premium payments, while offering little customer service,â€ť Page says, â€śso, weâ€™re making sure seniors get helpful information that is easy for them to understand.â€ť
For instance, he says that, based on a combination of age and health issues, some seniors may be able to cash out of a life insurance policy. He sometimes refers to this as reverse life insurance, akin to a reverse mortgage.
â€śSelling a life insruance policy could make the difference in someoneâ€™s golden years,â€ť Page says. â€śThe mainstream settlement industry is now well into its third decade and is highly regulated (a good thing for consumers). If it takes the social changes that led to the Trumpian Era and the aftermath that is adversely affecting our aging population to help get consumers informed about this option, well, maybe thatâ€™s a silver lining. I know itâ€™s now my lifeâ€™s work.â€ť
About LifeGuide Partners
With over 30 years of experience helping people use unconventional methods of finding much-needed cash, LifeGuide brings a new approach to helping seniors better manage their golden years. LifeGuide provides education and perspective to seniors, their loved ones and advisors as they consider retirement options and discovered untapped assets. For more information or an appraisal of your life insurance policy, please visit: www.LifeGuidePartners.com.
Scott Page, author of Itâ€™s Never Too Late: Getting Older, Wiser, and Worry-Free in Our Golden Years, is an expert on retirement and financial issues facing seniors and baby boomers. He has appeared on national media outlets including 20/20, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. He has been a frequent guest on Fox Business Network and writes regularly for Huffington Post on retirement issues. He now focuses exclusively on helping seniors take advantage of new financial opportunities that have become available in recent years. During his career, he has helped thousands of Americans access millions of dollars to secure a better retirement.