Longevity & Medical Expenses

How Long Will You Live?

This new longevity calculator, courtesy of the University of Connecticut, is one of the best I’ve encountered to date. Given your estimated longevity is the most influential factor in determining your future spending capacity, I hope you all will give it a whirl. This is an example of big data providing useful results.

How Much Does Healthcare Cost?

This interactive website, courtesy of Genworth, will help you estimate you future medical spending. It provides the latest cost statistics by state for later-in-life home health care, assisted living and nursing care. Please remember that the typical household incurs the bulk of their medical expenses late-in-life which makes budgeting difficult if you have a long lifespan ahead of you.

The Informed Household’s typical expense curve graphic above reminds us that (1) your (and your spouse’s) lifespan significantly impacts all retirement expense categories so please re-evaluate and refine this crucial planning estimate annually. And (2) your medical costs in retirement do NOT trend smoothly up at the general rate of inflation; these expenses tend to spike late-in-life as you approach the pearly gates.

For more information estimating your future medical spending, please see this video, and for a broader discussion on future retirement risks, please watch this video.

I will also add these two calculator links to the “Suggested Third-Party Resources” section of the Informed Household knowledge wall.


About Jim Koch

Jim Koch is the President of Koch Capital Management, an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), and the Founder and Principal of the Informed Household® financial education and smart budgeting website located in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a fiduciary, he specializes in providing customized financial solutions to individuals, families, trusts and business entities so they are better able to achieve their financial goals. Jim sees himself as an “implementer” of financial innovation, using state-of-the-art technology to provide practical investment management and retirement planning solutions for clients.

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