Retirement Planning for Women

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For decades, retirement and social security content was focused on men, as men occupied the majority of jobs when Baby Boomers were the predominant generation in the workforce. But women have traditionally out-lived their spouses, meaning the primary manager of finances often has to switch from the person who set up their family’s retirement finances to the surviving spouse. 

The result? Women often feel under-informed and under-supported once their spouse passes away. For this week’s episode of “Retirement Revealed” author Marcia Mantell joins the show to share her perspective and experience teaching retirement financial literacy to women.

Marcia, an expert in retirement planning, brings her wealth of experience to the discussion, aiming to empower women to take control of their financial future.

One of the keys to empowering women with their financial future is for women to get involved in financial planning as soon as possible. Marcia highlights the deficiency she sees in the financial industry that often results in a failure to to effectively communicate with women about retirement planning.

Social Security planning is often settled with the idea that both spouses live the same amount of time in retirement. The reality, however, is often very different. Marcia stresses the importance of understanding Social Security rules and making informed decisions to maximize benefits, especially considering the longevity of retirement.

One of the things I appreciate most about Marcia is her willingness to share her own experiences on these topics. Her story about developing the “Marcia Freedom Fund” combines the importance of getting involved in your family’s financial planning early with the value of understanding your options in Social Security and retirement.

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