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009: How many years does a surviving spouse have to live before they receive the lifetime value of the Survivor Benefit Plan?
Episode 915th August 2022 • The Spouse Benefit Plan by US VetWealth • Jen Amos
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009: How many years does a surviving spouse have to live before they receive the lifetime value of the Survivor Benefit Plan?

Jen Amos immediately continues her talk about the probability that a surviving spouse is going to outlive the retiree to receive the Survivor Benefit Plan from "Ep. 008: What is the actual probability of receiving the SBP? (Case Study: O5 retiring at 20 years with the Survivor Benefit Plan)." She reveals the responsibility of a surviving spouse before they can receive the SBP, what happens if the spouse predeceases the retiree, what the annual benefit of the SBP should really be compared to (hint: it's not the cumulative cost of the SBP), what is the Lifetime Value of the SBP and the probability a surviving spouse will receive it, and a sneak peak into upcoming episodes.


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