How Stay-At-Home Dads Can Kick-Start Their Retirement Planning on Father’s Day 2013, a New Guide

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Stay-at-home dads have a lot to look forward to this Father’s Day 2013, but too few fathers are putting enough foresight into their retirement planning. To help busy dads get on track to retirement, releases a new guide explaining the retirement disadvantages that stay-at-home dads encounter, and offers a variety of retirement plan alternatives to help carry them into their golden years.

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For stay-at-home parents, a disadvantage is losing out on employer-sponsored retirement plans and contributions.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of stay-at-home dads increased to 176,000 in 2011. While this transition marks a cultural change in America, it also results in fewer retirement planning and savings opportunities that employed fathers have. This Father’s Day 2013, seeks to make life easier for superhero stay-at-home dads, investigating the challenges faced when not working for a traditional employer and revealing two options that can keep fathers saving for their inevitable retirement.

“Stay-at-home dads receive a number of perks, such as more time to bond with their children and having deeper involvement in how their household is managed,” says Jennifer Calonia, editor of

“But to every good deal, there are certain drawbacks that aren’t always so apparent," adds Ms. Calonia, explaining, "For stay-at-home parents, a disadvantage is losing out on employer-sponsored retirement plans and contributions."

Fortunately, the new retirement planning guide provides suggestions for how stay-at-home dads can ensure they don’t fall behind in retirement.

The top recommendations from the personal finance site are:

Opening a Spousal IRA

Traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) require an income, states the report. However, stay-at-home dads have the option of opening a specialized IRA, called a Spousal IRA in order to reap the benefits of a standard IRA using their spouse’s income information.

Stay-at-home dads can also learn more about how Social Security benefits can play a role in their overall retirement game plan, as well as the risks involved with relying on this type of funding cushion.

See the full Father’s Day 2013 retirement planning guide here:

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, “Facts for Features: Father’s Day Edition,” May 2012.

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