Are you considering buying a long-term care insurance policy? Hopefully you’ve done your homework to make sure such a plan is right for you. And don’t forget … premiums are sure to rise … simply because long-term costs continue to rise.
According to the insurance giant Genworth, the average annual cost of a semi-private room in the U.S. $80,300; and a private room will run you $91,250. The 5-year annual growth for both is 4 percent.
One idea is to set aside money in an account that includes quality dividend-paying stocks or mutual funds to help pay for any premium hikes. The average dividend yield for the S&P 500 is approximately 2 percent. Bonds, bond mutual funds, or real estate investment trusts (REITs) could boost that yield even more. Contact your financial advisor on the best way to structure this account.
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