Good financial planning involves taking a comprehensive and holistic approach to looking at your financial picture. It isn’t just investment management, but also tax planning, retirement income planning, estate planning, and protection of assets. It also means trying to maximize saving money through tax reduction strategies and expense management.
In our blog series that we published last year - “Health Care Costs – The Storm Cloud Hanging Over Your Retirement”, we discussed the Fidelity health care cost study that the investment company conducts each year. Well, they just released the results of their study for 2017 and those costs have increased another 5.5% from 2016.
One of the more important and misunderstood benefits available through Social Security is the spousal retirement benefit. The original purpose of the spousal benefit was to provide a retirement income for stay at home spouses who had limited work history because they did not work or spent several years out of the workforce while raising a family.