Golden Years Losing its Luster?

Golden Years Losing its Luster?
03 Oct 2014

golden-yearsYou and your spouse have weathered a lot; raising children, sickness & health issues, saving for retirement and caring for aging parents. Yet an unfortunate trend seems to be occurring. Fidelity Investments came out with a new study “2013 Couples Retirement Study”. The executive summary has some interesting statistics:

– Less than one half (45%) or couples agree that day-to-day financial decisions are made jointly.

– Only 28% of couples are completely confident that either partner is prepared to assume responsibility of their joint finances, if necessary (wow!).

– 4 in 10 couples (38%) who aren’t yet retired, disagree as to the lifestyle they expect to live in retirement.

The bottom line is that we often see a simple lack of communication being the biggest issue with people and their finances. People problems can often morph into financial issues as well. I have often said, “We don’t have people with investment problems, we have investments with people problems.” You’ve probably heard that money is one of the biggest causes of divorce; this is true even as we grow older. It’s often not the lack of money for retirees it is how the money is spent and distributed that becomes the issue. Take the time now to talk with your spouse and family about what your wishes are now and when you are gone. It should be time well spent.

Good Luck!

Jeffrey A. Johnston, ChFC

President of Premier Investments of Iowa, Inc.

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Jeffrey Johnston

Jeffrey is originally from Solon, Iowa. He currently resides in Swisher, Iowa with his wife, Prudence, and his three children, Seth, Ian, and Roman. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1989, where he majored in Finance and Investments. He has 24 years of experience in the investment and estate planning business. He is currently the President of “Premier Investments of Iowa, Inc.” Jeffrey’s main focus is Estate and Investment Planning for Senior Citizens and Pre Retirees. Jeffrey became a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) in 2001. He is the author of many articles on industry related topics and he is a frequent seminar presenter. He is a Board Member TRIAD Linn County Seniors Against Crime, and he is also a past Board Member of the Heritage Area Agency on Aging Task Force. He is a member of CEO Roundtable in Cedar Rapids, a Daybreak Rotary Member, and a member of the Cedar Rapids Estate Planning Council. In March of 2009, Jeffrey became the host of the Premier Investments of Iowa Financial Hour which airs every Tuesday Evening from 6PM -7PM, on WMT 600 AM Radio. In his free time he enjoys golf, fishing, scuba diving, traveling, and coaching son’s basketball teams.