Month: March 2016

INCREASING INCOME WHEN THE ODDS ARE STACKED AGAINST YOU

This week’s article was interesting to me because it referenced recent articles that suggest “retirees refrain from withdrawing any more [from their retirement account] than they are allowed under required minimum distribution rules” and it went on to talk about at least two problems with this approach: One of them is that few retirees “have …

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HOW DO THEY WORK?

I read an article this week on “How do fixed index annuities work?” and thought to share it with you. The article explains that the money used to buy the annuity is invested by the insurance company and then the annuity goes into what is called the “accumulation phase”. This is where the annuity will …

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MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE

I was surprised to read in this week’s article that “the average 65-year-old couple will pay $240,000 in out-of-pocket costs for health care during retirement.” This expense, which many retirees underestimate, highlights how important it is to “consider retirement products that can ensure lifetime income so you can be prepared for unexpected medical costs.” Call …

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QUESTIONS ANSWERED

The first of six questions that this week’s article asks is “Am I investing in an annuity to save for retirement or generate guaranteed retirement income, or both?” Asking this question highlights the multiple roles that an annuity can play in your retirement planning, and answering the question will help you decide which annuity better …

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