Mellody Hobson Gives Advice to Singles On How to Save for Retirement

We are talking retirement again this week, but from a different perspective. This morning, you are here to give us some tips for retiring single. Why?

There are simply more people facing retirement without a spouse – either by choice, or because they are divorced or widowed. In 2015, for the first time in the nation’s history, the number of unmarried American adults outnumbered those who were married.

One in seven Americans lives alone – over 30 million of us, compared to 4 million in 1950. Right now, 40% of women between 45 and 64, and 35% of men in that age bracket, have never married or are single for another reason. Being single comes with its own set of circumstances when preparing for retirement, and I want to go over some of those today.

If am going to retire single, what is the first thing i should make sure to do?

If you are single, the first thing you need to do is focus on your emergency fund and your safety net. Because you do not have a partner to fall back on financially, you need to make sure you are prepared to take a financial hit – whatever it may be – without having to turn to the money you have saved for retirement.

So, you want to work hard to build a 3-month emergency fund that can cover all of your expenses, including rent or mortgage, utilities, groceries, auto payments, cell phone bills, etc. And once you get to 3 months, try to build for 6 months. Remember, you want this to be liquid, so keep it in a savings account.

We need to focus on our safety net first. Are there other components of our safety net we should think about?

Second, you should review your insurance coverage. If you are single, and especially if you will be retiring single, you want to make sure you have disability coverage, both short and long-term. One in four Americans will suffer a disability while they are in the workforce, and disability insurance will replace a portion of your income in the even that you get sick or are injured in an accident.

Many employers offer disability insurance as an optional benefit, though you often have to pay a portion of the premium. It is worth it. If you don’t get it through your employer, you need to find coverage yourself. It can be pricy, sometimes between $100 to $200 per month, but it will protect your income and therefore your retirement.

It is also important to consider long-term care insurance. Nearly 7 in 10 retirees will require some form or long-term care at some point, and single retirees are more likely to need it earlier in retirement. If you have coverage, you will not have to pay for it with your retirement savings, which is always a good thing.

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