What expenses might you need to cover?
How this calculator works: Part 1
This part of the calculator helps you, as a retiree, decide whether you need a reserve fund to cover possible future expenses, mainly for health care and housing. Two estimates are generated:
Life Expectancy. Questions 1 and 2 are used to estimate how many years of expenses your reserve fund may have to cover. Your longevity can be estimated from data for males, females, or an average of both.
Medical Expenses. The calculator estimates your out-of-pocket costs for health care, using public data from federal agencies. If you wish, you can enter your own high-end number in question 3. See this article for suggestions on how to estimate a customized value for your circumstances.
Long-Term Care. The calculator also estimates the cost of long-term care, as explained in this article. For the high end, you may, if you wish, enter a preferred number in question 4. The Genworth website may help you find a response to this optional question. If you indicated in question 5 that you have long-term care insurance, the calculator assumes the first 90 days of care must be paid by you, from your reserve fund.
Your Home. If you own a home, condo, or coop that is your primary residence, you must answer questions 7a, 7b, and 7c. The calculator will use your answers in two ways. First, it will estimate how much to reserve to cover uninsured repairs and upkeep. Second, it will determine whether your home equity might serve as part of your reserve fund.
Estimates. After answering the questions, click the Calculate button (below) to see estimates that best fit your circumstances. If you wish, answer some questions differently, and click the button again to see how the results may change.
When reviewing the results, bear in mind the following FAQs:
How should you invest your reserve fund?
How this calculator works: Part 2
The calculator recommends how to invest your reserve fund. It aims to limit losses, whether caused by market drops or inflation. It also adjusts for the number of years your reserve fund must cover. Each time you click the Calculate button, the results will be updated, if you change any of your answers in Part 1.
At able2pay.com, we believe that reserves may be soundly invested in an all-in-one fund whose allocations resemble those shown in the table. For more information, including possible funds, see articles on the Retirement tab.
The predicted return shows how much your investments may gain per year, on average, based on historical data since 1871, after taking into account whether U.S. stock-prices are currently over-valued or under-valued. To learn more, read Finding Value.
Taxes could reduce your actual net gain; the future may depart from historical trends; and market changes could cause your results to differ, up or down. You could lose money. Even low-risk investments like T-Bills, bank savings, and money market funds can lose buying power when interest rates are very low or inflation runs higher than expected.
For more information on how to apply the recommendations made by our calculators ...
- Read Using Our Calculators for tips and FAQs.
- Use the Investing, Goals, or Retirement menu at the top of this page, to find helpful articles.
Note: This calculator was most recently updated on January 8, 2017, with current inflation rates and medical costs.