John Denning: Are You Ready Financially?

Marvin H. Feldman, CLU, ChFC, RFC, President and CEO of the LIFE Foundation

Fifty percent of the US population accounts for just 2.7% of all health-care expenditures, while 5% accounts for 49.5% of all health-care expenditures, according to Kaiser Family Foundation.

The life expectancy at birth of an average American was 62.9 years in 1940, five years after Social Security was created. Life expectancy today is 78.7 years (source: Center for Disease Control). As a result of this increased life expectancy, it will take $293,000 to pay for post retirement health care that’s not paid by Medicare, according to Kaiser. Are you financially prepared for this?

Are you financially prepared to raise your children? A child born in 2012 will cost a higher-income family (those making at least $105,000 of before-tax income) $399,780 in 2012 dollars (i.e., a present value amount) and $501,250 in inflation adjusted dollars through age 17, and this does not including college (source: Department of Agriculture). How will this be paid if you were to die or become disabled today?

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