Rambling Retirees Buck Aging-in-Place Trend

“You get to fall asleep with the rocking of the waves and the wind, and with the Internet, you can home-office from just about anywhere,” says Ian Morton, an American semi-retiree who spends half the year on a houseboat outside Montreal, Canada. Morton, 51, one of several “rambling retirees” profiled by Reuters in a piece on boomers who are bucking the “aging in place” trend. Though exact stats are hard to come by, evidence points to a growing number of grown-ups trading houses and retirement communities for houseboats, RVs and strangers’ sofas.

GM Retirees Must Decide Today On Lump Sum Payout

After presumably agonizing for weeks over whether to keep their lifetime pension benefit or take a one-time lump-sum payment, some 42,000 General Motors retirees are faced with making that critical decision today. And there is no turning back. No do-overs. GM set Friday as the deadline when it offered its former employees and surviving spouses the choice to retain their monthly pension, which will be switched to an annuity provided by Prudential Insurance, or receive the lump-sum equivalent in one …

The Takeaway: Americans Are Misusing Reverse Mortgages, Says Consumer Agency

Reverse mortgages are not being used as Congress intended, according to a new report from the government watchdog agency Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Reverse mortgages were created to provide an income options for retirees. But these mortgages are increasingly being taken out by younger borrowers, which could decrease long-term retirement security. Borrowers also tend to take lump-sum payments that can be used up quickly.

The Takeaway: Older Americans Feel Better About Their Money

So much of the financial news about older Americans is downbeat. More of them are falling into poverty.  A disproportionate number of older workers lost jobs in April. Will they get new ones? Don’t hold your breath. At last, welcome news: a Gallup survey finds that Americans ages 75 and older are the most likely (72 percent) of all age groups to say they feel good about the amount of money they have. Not only that, they’re the most likely …

The Takeaway: Couples Need $240,000 For Health Care In Retirement

Oof. The latest estimate of an average American couple’s retirement health care costs is $240,000. The calculation, from Fidelity Investments, is based on a 65-year-old couple with Medicare coverage, and factors in things like premiums, co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket prescription drug costs. It doesn’t factor in things like long-term care, dental services, over-the-counter meds or hearing aids.

Economists: More older workers retired in April

Yesterday I wrote about droves of older Americans who’d checked out of the workforce in April, perhaps because some were unemployed for a long time and had given up looking in a weak jobs market. But a few economists who’ve been studying the labor force see a more positive trend: they believe many of these people just plain retired. Economist Mark Zandi, in a USA Today report, says more employed workers than unemployed dropped out of the labor force last month. …