Thanksgiving is usually a time to take stock of the things we are thankful for in our lives. Here are some things in our financial lives that we can be thankful for:
Retirement is something that a lot of Americans haven’t properly planned for. Over a third of Americans are completely reliant on Social Security (in other words they don’t have any retirement savings), and a full two-thirds of American retirees are dependent (although not completely reliant) on it. So, if you are one of those with the foresight to have a retirement savings account (401k or IRA), be thankful.
For that matter, let’s include emergency funds and general savings accounts in this category. Saving your money is a smart thing to do no matter which way you look at it, and again, if you’re one of the smart ones, give yourself a pat on the back.
Dedicated Health Accounts
Whether we’re talking about a health savings account or long term care insurance, having a savings account dedicated to one’s health expenses is most certainly something to be grateful for. In an HSA, up to $3,350 for individuals and $6,750 for families can be deposited into the account and deducted from federal income taxes. Then, that money can roll over year to year and grow tax-free.
With regards to long term care insurance, nearly 70% of Americans 65 and older need long term care at some point.
“Ten out of ten Americans will die at some point in their lives.”
Life insurance is unlike other types of insurance. The policyholder is guaranteed to need it at one time or another. “This distinction is important to understand, notes David Lerner and Associates’ Vice President of Insurance Services, Dan Gardella. “When viewed through this lens, life insurance isn’t an expense — it’s an asset that will eventually provide a return on your investment. As long as you pay the premiums and maintain the policy, your beneficiaries will eventually receive the death benefit.”
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