Counting on Your Husband's Retirement Income? Three Things Women Should Know

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Women face special challenges when planning for retirement. Women are more likely than men to work in part-time jobs that don't qualify for a retirement plan. And women are more likely to interrupt their careers (or stay out of the workforce altogether) to raise children or take care of other family members. As a result, women generally work fewer years and save less, leaving many to rely on their husbands' savings and benefits to carry them both through retirement.1

But this reliance creates risk — risk of divorce, risk that retirement funds won't be adequate to last two lifetimes (a risk that falls disproportionately on women, who are projected to live about five years longer than men),2 and risk of bad retirement payout decisions. Here are three things you should know if you're relying on your husband's savings to carry you through retirement.

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