Too many people determine how long they think they’ll live based on arbitrary factors.
And nearly half of pre-retirees and retirees underestimate how long they’ll live by five years or more, according to surveys by the Society of Actuaries.
That’s a big problem when it comes to making sure your money lasts as long as you do.
And very few people surveyed understand how variable life expectancy can be: Whatever the statistics say is the average life span for someone of your age and gender, you have a 50% chance of living longer than that age.
In other words, planning for living to an “average life expectancy” is a recipe for disaster!
By age 65, men in average health have a 40% chance of living to age 85, and women have more than a 50% chance.
And if you’re healthier than average, well now you’ve got a 50% chance of living to age 85 if you’re a man, and a 62% chance if you’re a woman.
Of those turning 65 today, 25% will live past 90, and one out of 10 will live past 95, according to the Social Security Administration.
What if you’re the lucky one who hangs on until 100 or longer? You don’t know for sure, do you? But just how “lucky” will you feel if you can’t provide for yourself in those final years?
My 95-year-old mother-in-law lives in an assisted-living facility in Arizona. When her husband died, she got a life insurance settlement and has been receiving a nice pension payout every year. [Read more…] “Will Your Money Last as Long as You Do?”