IS THIS RISK OF CONCERN TO YOU?

This week’s article reminds us that determining how much money one will need to save in order to have a secure retirement depends on “the ultimate unknowable: How long will you live?” The risk of running short is called a “longevity risk”, and this risk is of concern to many approaching retirement age. The Obama administration last year established rules to foster a new type of annuity that would provide a steady monthly payment until you die. If you are interested in this type of product as part of your retirement planning, call us. We’re always here to help.
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WHAT ARE YOU COUNTING ON?

I frequently discuss individuals’ concerns over their inability to count on enough monthly income from their employer’s pension plan to provide them with the retirement income they want to receive. This week’s article also addresses these concerns and states “Present day retiring Baby Boomers are in search of that guaranteed income. Fixed annuities, simply said, are designed to guarantee income, offer peace of mind and provide protection. Nearly 90 percent of annuity owners buy them for just that; because they provide retirement savings and protect contract holders from losing money.” If these are your objectives, please call us so that we can discuss some options that may be available to you. We’re here to help.

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MONEY MAY NOT BE EVERYTHING IN LIFE

This week’s article begins with this well known saying, but continues with admitting that “another truth is that money is something in life. Without money, we cannot enjoy the basic necessities of life that is food, clothing and shelter. Therefore, wise use of money and saving it for future purposes becomes important. Whether you are working in a company as an employee or running your own business, there comes a time when you need to call it a day and that is when the need of a steady source of income arises. This need can be fulfilled in many ways like keeping a part of your income in fixed deposits, investing in stock market etc. There is another way to fulfill this requirement- by way of annuities.” Call us if you are interested in this option. We are here to help you navigate your way to retirement.

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REINFORCEMENT

I thought to refer to you this week’s article as in the past I have, from time to time, referred you to articles from the Society of Actuaries Retirement Committee who studies trends in retirement and life expectancy. This week’s article, written by another organization, refers to those past studies in discussing their response to questions asked regarding interest rates and annuities and “assessing the financial implications of living longer”. I’m happy to send you this article as it reinforces the benefits of some of the options that we can offer you in your retirement planning. Take a look and call us if you have any questions. We’re always here to help.

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SENIOR YEARS

The Insurance Information Institute referenced an interesting article about senior years that I thought to share with you. It said that “by the time you retire, your accumulated wealth is probably at its height. The challenge now is to manage your assets so that they last as long as you do. Insurance still plays an important role at this stage of your life.” One of the topics discussed in the article under the Financial Planning section was the idea that married retirees “ review their financial situation and determine how much income a surviving spouse would lose” when the other passes away. The article gave an example of how a surviving widow might end up with a 40% reduction in family income due to loss of the other spouse’s social security check. We agree with the article when it states that one of the strategies for seniors should emphasize income-producing instruments that can supplement Social Security. If you would like to discuss this, call us. We’re always here to help.

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20 YEARS HAS TO MEAN SOMETHING

“Over the last 20 years, FIAs have been a part of the longest and strongest bull market in U.S. history, as well as witness to two of the worst bear markets since the Great Depression. Through it all, indexed annuities have done exactly what they were designed to do — provide the potential for a little more interest than a stated-rate annuity would pay while still protecting premium and credit interest from market risk.” This week’s article discusses Annuities from the view point of different market environments.. If you would like to discuss where Annuities might fit into your retirement plans, give us a call. We’re here to help.

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO RETIREMENT

CNN had an article I thought to share with you this week on the Ultimate Guide to Retirement. It spoke about Annuities being “a popular choice for investors who want to receive a steady income stream in retirement”, and it reviewed how the income you receive from an annuity “can be doled out monthly, quarterly, annually or even in a lump sum payment.” There are various choices available to you, so take a look at what the article discusses, and then let us know if you have any questions. As always, we’re here to help!

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PAY FOR YOURSELF ERA

Families often find themselves in the middle of conversations about finances with members of a younger generation. This week’s article states that “according to a recent report, a third of U.S. workers nearing retirement are destined to live in or near poverty when entering retirement. An underlying cause of this is the sharp decline in employer-sponsored retirement plans over the past 15 years.” Given “the shift in the retirement landscape toward more of a “pay-for-yourself” era”, we thought to offer out our services to younger members of your family who may want to know what options are available to them in planning for their future. Feel free to give them our contact information. We are always here to help.

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EDUCATE YOURSELF

We thought this week’s article would be of particular interest to you because “every industry has its own vocabulary, and it’s no different for retirement planning. Understanding this sometimes confusing language is crucial as you begin making financial decisions that will impact your lifestyle once your working years are over.” We know how difficult it is to make decisions involving your retirement money, especially when family and friends always want us to believe that they know more than we do! Use this article to help you take control of those uncomfortable conversations, and call us if you have any questions. We’re always here to help.

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AMONG THE CONTENDERS

I encourage you to read this week’s article written by a Law Professor and an Associate Dean of a Law School, each with years of experience in the investment world. The two wrote an article expressing their opinion that, “As advisors and clients continue to search for reliable retirement income alternatives, one bright star has emerged among the many contenders: the fixed indexed annuity .” We think the same way. As you plan for your retirement and try to understand all of the options available to you, call us so that we can tell you of some that we find useful in these difficult times. We look forward to speaking with you, and are always here to help.

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