Retiring Early? Pony Up $51,000 Extra for Health Care, Fidelity Says

Are you and your spouse thinking about retiring early? Doing so can cost you, as a couple, an extra $17,000 a year in medical costs, according to a Fidelity Investments analysis. The Boston-based investment company compared the projected average health care costs of couples retiring this year at age 65 with those of couples retiring as early as age 62 and as late as 67. It assumed they would have Medicare coverage at 65, although the analysis doesn’t include costs for nursing home and …

Stock Gains Push 401(k)s to Record Highs

Last year’s gangbuster stock market pushed 401(k) savings account balances to record highs, according to two major retirement account providers. Fidelity Investments says the average account balance at the end of last year reached $89,300, a 15.5 percent increase over the year before. For workers age 55 and older, balances averaged $165,200. Many workers roll over their 401(k) into an individual retirement account when they leave a job.  Adding up the balances of those who have both a 401(k) and …

Older Workers’ 401(k) Balances Hitting Record Levels

If you’ve contributed steadily to your 401(k) and didn’t get scared off by the down economy and the wild swings of the stock market, chances are you’re being rewarded now. The average 401(k) balance reached $75,900 at the end of the third quarter, an 18 percent increase over a year ago, a new study by Fidelity Investments has found. That was its highest level since the company began tracking this data 12 years ago. The news was even better for older workers: average balances were higher. …