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LOOKING BACK ON RETIREMENT PREPARATIONS

Sometimes hindsight can provide a valuable lesson. While retirement is highly personal, I thought you might find it interesting to read the result of a study that looked back on what the financial preparations for retirement looked like. The study showed that among retirees who saved for retirement, the median

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EFFICIENCY

This week’s article tells us that “Annuities are one of the most efficient ways to generate guaranteed income. This is demonstrated through a series of three case studies which looked at combination strategies using both annuities and investments compared to traditional investments-only portfolios. The simulations found: Adding an income annuity

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DON’T ASSUME

Commentary: I read an interesting study the other day that I thought to share with you. The study discussed something that we may incorrectly assume will happen as we continue to plan for our retirement, and that relates to keeping in mind that if you plan to continue to working

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THE POWER

“Every retirement is different, each with its own financial plan and unique needs, but many of today’s retirement goals include achieving asset protection, growth opportunities, and a reliable income source. Fixed index annuities are a long-term retirement product that have helped many Americans plan for income in retirement and balance

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YOUR TOP ASSET: TIME

I read a flyer the other day that caught my eye. It said “Losses can be recuperated but time cannot.” So true. What to do when losses have been incurred but you are later on in years can be a stressful situation to confront. We can help explain the role

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WHAT CHOICES WILL YOU HAVE?

This week’s article poses a familiar scenario and then tells us our choices in a very simple way: “Let’s say you have built up a retirement fund of $250,000 by the time you are age 65. Few of us realize that we have to make that money last for perhaps

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DIFFERENT FOR WOMEN

This week’s article discusses three retirement savings factors relating to why it is different for women in retirement. While many of us may already have reflected on a female being projected to live longer than a male, we may not have noted that “women often face bigger challenges in retirement

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YOUR MONEY AND YOUR LIFE

“An annuity can be a very smart retirement investment for many people. That’s not just because an annuity can provide a secure revenue stream — a monthly check — for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live.” The author of this week’s article tells us that

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ASSETS VERSUS INCOME

I came across an article in the Harvard Business Review where the author discussed a concept we have touched on in the past – the idea that when you “ask someone what her pension is worth, she will reply with an income figure: “two-thirds of my final salary,” for example.

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UNDERSTANDING THE KEY ELEMENTS

I thought you would want to read this week’s article because it discusses that “while annuities and life insurance both have similarities, they are not the same. Before you can understand the differences and determine which plan may be right for you relating to a retirement income plan, you have

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DIFFERENCES

This week I thought to share with you a chart that I found informative because it provides an easy to read explanation of the differences between Annuities and Life Insurance. Because one’s needs may change over time, it is important to be able to understand how each product might fulfill

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UNLESS YOU ARE WARREN BUFFET

This week’s author, formerly with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the National Bureau of Economic Research writes that while not applicable to Warren Buffet’s retirement plan, “Retirees with limited resources face the risk that if they live too long, and/or their assets earn less than expected, they

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WHAT IF THE MARKET GOES UP?

The author of this week’s article provides an explanation for “Why an FIA is better than stocks” and asks us “Which is better? Having to time the market right or not having to worry about that? Risking principal to achieve gains or achieving gains without risking principal? Having to worry

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AFTER A VOLATILE END TO 2018

“Wary investors may be searching for stability in 2019.” So what should people consider? The author of this week’s article states that “Risk tolerance and time horizon play big roles in deciding how to allocate your investments. Conservative investors or those near retirement may be more comfortable allocating a larger

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TOP TWO REASONS

This week’s article discusses a new retirement institute study of annuity owners which found “the top two reasons consumers buy annuities are to supplement Social Security/pension income and to receive guaranteed income payments for life.” If you are looking for this type of income during your retirement call us, we’re

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JOIN THE CLUB

This week’s article caught my eye at the outset when it stated “In case you didn’t know, there is such a thing as a lifetime income club. Of course, it goes by another name: annuities.” The author of the article, the Chief Academic Officer of The American College of Financial

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THE BIG SURPRISE

Have you ever thought about why people haven’t saved more for their retirement? “Financial shocks leave a mark on financial outcomes such as your ability to retire,” said one of the authors of RAND’s study on savings regrets. “The shocks can be quite serious and set people back, in some

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GOALS

With the New Year, we often reflect on goals and resolutions. This week’s article tells us “Surveys of retirement-age baby boomers indicate they no longer seek high growth in their portfolios. Instead, they express a desire for guaranteed lifetime income, safety of principal, and related qualities. Annuities meet those goals”.

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HEALTH AND MONEY

Did you know there are studies that indicate health declines with retirement, and thus health costs increase. “For many people, retirement is a key reward for decades of daily work—a time to relax, explore, and have fun unburdened by the daily grind. For others, though, retirement is a frustrating period

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ROLE IN RETIREMENT PLANNING

This week’s article tells us that “Annuities play an important role in retirement planning by helping individuals guard against outliving their assets. In the most general sense, an annuity is an agreement for an entity (generally a life insurance company) to pay another entity a series of payments. While there

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A COMPLEMENT

“An annuity serves as a complement to other retirement income sources, such as Social Security and pension plans.” One of the reasons is because “all the money you invest compounds year after year without any tax bill from Uncle Sam. That ability to keep every dollar invested working for you

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