Weekly News

WHAT IS IT?

The other day a friend told me that sometimes it was easier to explain what something was by telling what it was typically used for. This week’s article does a good job of telling us that “the usual purpose of a deferred annuity is to accumulate value for a retirement income that is typically received as a monthly payment to supplement retirement income from other sources such as Social Security. Income from the annuity value may be taken for life or a selected number of years. This plan is called an annuity both during the period of accumulation of funds and during the pay-out period. Deferred annuities may be either IRA plans or non-IRA plans.” Should this be something that you think would suit your needs, call us. We are always here to help.

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SURPLUS OR SHORTFALL?

We have often discussed that one of the biggest risks to a comfortable retirement is running out of money too soon. Sometimes the difficulty is in figuring out where you stand, so I thought to share with you an on-line calculator which “helps you determine your projected shortfall or surplus at retirement. You can also see just how long your retirement savings will last.” If your results project a shortfall, call us to discuss some options you may not have considered. We’re always here to help.

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RETIREMENT SECURITY BLANKET

This week’s article tells us that “One of the biggest fears among retirees and soon-to-be retirees today is that they will outlive their retirement savings. With life expectancies in developed countries at unprecedented highs, this is a justified concern. Many senior citizens will live to see their eighties and nineties, but they may have only saved enough to fund a lifetime equivalent to their own parents’ – perhaps up to their late seventies. Thus, the demand for a retirement “security blanket” is high.” Call us if you are interested in learning more about using an annuity to help fund your retirement. We’re always here to help.

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ARE YOU UNDERSAVED FOR RETIREMENT?

I thought you might like this week’s article because it contains several videos aimed at raising your “Retirement IQ”. Did you know that “A startling number of baby boomers don’t know how much money they need to live comfortably during retirement, and without a target in mind, have ended up saving very little. In fact, 1 in 4 baby boomers have less than $5k saved for retirement.” The good news is “it’s easy to raise your retirement IQ. Start with the basics of estimating costs, get a balanced portfolio in place, and research financial products that offer a guaranteed stream of income no matter how long you live.” We can speak with you about some of these financial products if a guaranteed stream of income is what you are looking for. Call us, we’re always here to help.

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SOMETIMES IT’S FUN

Sometimes it is fun to take a moment and participate in a quiz about retirement. Answering questions and then comparing our responses to others gives us new opportunities to think about the choices we are making, and how we are planning for the future. This week’s article does just that. Can you answer the retirement questions it poses? Call us when you and done to talk about your plans for the future. We are always here to help.

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OLDER AMERICANS WORKING LONGER

Did you know that “Older Americans are working longer and claiming their Social Security benefits later, new research from the Social Security Administration shows.” This week’s article reminded me that sometimes individuals work longer solely because their savings are insufficient to carry them through a longer period of retirement. Call us if you are reflecting on your savings and searching for options that will provide an income you can’t outlive. We may have some ideas you have not considered, and we’re always here to help you.

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OLDER COUPLES BOTH EMPLOYED

I don’t know about you, but I have often wondered if in the end it really makes a difference, when all is said and done, if both spouses worked prior to entering retirement. I read a study that I thought to share with you this week that discussed this issue and “ analyzed the effects of job loss, changes in wealth and changes in expectations”. As we enter retirement, whether as a couple or single, it is important to have income we can count on, and income that we know will last the rest of our lives. That is what we do; we introduce you to options that enable those entering retirement to gain the peace of mind knowing that they have an income they can count on. Regardless if they worked prior to entering retirement. Call us. We’re here to talk to you about these options.

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ADVANTAGES

With President’s weekend fast approaching, we can’t help but think more about helping those veterans amongst us. This week’s article states that “Veterans preparing for retirement may purchase annuities to supplement their military benefits and future benefits like Social Security and pension payments. Annuity income provides tax advantages, a consistent and guaranteed stream of money and hedges the risk of running out of money late in life.” You don’t need to be a veteran to receive these advantages. Call us to discuss options that may be available for you. We’re always here to help.

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GROWTH POTENTIAL BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY PRINCIPAL PROTECTION

I found this week’s article timely as the markets rise and dip. This week’s article says that “Fixed Indexed Annuities combine the stability and guarantees of a fixed product with growth potential based on the performance of an underlying securities index such as the S&P 500.” I liked how the author weighed in with his explanation that while not invested directly in securities, clients can receive higher interest credits if the index increases, but more importantly they “are protected from market losses by a guaranteed minimum interest rate or “floor”. Call us if you’d like to understand these concepts and this type of product better. We are here to help you feel good about where you put your hard earned and needed retirement savings.

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BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS

This week’s article begins with a thought we have often discussed; “Annuities have long been the basic building blocks of the U.S. retirement income system.” Economists generally agree that many retirees would benefit if they annuitized at least some of their retirement savings. Call us if you would like to see how this fits into your retirement planning and if we have some options that might work well for you. We’re always here to help.

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