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Dodge the Long-Term Care Insurance Mess


The platonic guardians of retirement advise us to buy long-term care insurance. Protect your family from the devastating costs of nursing homes, they say. You are supposed to start chipping in premiums at a young age like 55, building up equity that covers you much later in life. My advice: Maybe don’t.

If you are risk-averse, you will stay away from these policies. You will also avoid shares in insurers that sell them. The economics of old-age insurance are sufficiently poisonous to injure both parties to the transaction. Public companies that are or have been in the business of selling long-term care insurance include Genworth (GNW, 10); Loews (L,44), via its 89%-owned…

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