Help Me Retire: We’re 65 and 69 with no long-term care insurance. We’re going to self-insure but how should we do that?

by | Oct 17, 2023 | Stock Market

Dear MarketWatch,  We are truly fortunate to have a lifetime inflation-adjusted federal pension and Social Security of $200,000 annually. We’re a 65-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman. Our income roughly breaks out to $125,000 and $75,000, respectively.  

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but we did not take advantage of spousal survivor benefits when we retired years ago. So our plan was always to self-insure our long-term care and spousal survivor needs. We would like some help on how to plan for the future.  We have also amassed $1.5 million, half in IRA and thrift savings plans and the other half in a taxable brokerage account through the sale of our real estate assets. Our financial adviser has us striving for a 5.5% return on the taxable account. We really don’t have a need or intend to tap these funds since our pensions cover more than our needs and allows for our three to six months of travel per year. We have no debt or a mortgage and pay our credit cards off monthly.   One main question is how much should we set aside for long-term care, if anything? In looking at long-term care policies in the past, the max payout was around $360,000. We thought that was the right amount to target.   There is a life insuranc …

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