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Should an Annuity be in Your Retirement Plan?

Many people decide to include annuities as part of their retirement portfolio. These investments can often be a great way to complement other retirement income, such as pension plans and Social Security payments. But is an annuity right for you? It’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages before investing.     Advantages of…

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Which Lifetime Annuity Offers the Most Flexibility?

Though annuities can be a valuable part of your overall retirement portfolio, not all what is an annuity? are the same. Some have firm terms which may not offer you the best opportunity to reach your retirement income goals. Other types of annuities are more flexible, offering account holders the ability to customize their…

Annuities are like a good defensive squad for your retirement plan.

What is an Annuity? It’s the Defensive Line for Your Retirement Plan

When it comes to preparing for retirement, most Americans are all about saving, saving, saving. But in financial planning — as in sports — playing defense is just as important as playing offense.  And annuities can provide a good defense. Still, more than half of Americans (55%) do not believe that protecting their assets…

Longevity annuities offer peace of mind that you can fund a long life.

Longevity Annuities in Retirement Plans: What Are They? Why Buy Now? For Whom?

Thanks to rules passed late last year, longevity annuities may  grow in popularity as a compelling way to plan for retirement — in particular, a long life in retirement. Longevity annuities have been around for years offering retirees a way to hedge against “longevity risk,” or the possibility of outliving one’s savings. Until recently,…

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Worried About Low Interest Annuity Rates? 4 Strategies for Better Returns

In recent years, many people have decided to invest in annuities as part of their financial plan in retirement. Payouts for these investments are typically better than other income-producing investments because those who purchase annuities pool their mortality risk with other annuity purchasers. Annuities can be a confusing product.  Learn about the pros and…

Fixed annuities will likely explode in popularity.

What is a Fixed Rate? Why 2015 Will Be A Big Year for Fixed Annuities

This year will be big for fixed annuities, according to financial experts. But how an annuity works remains a mystery for many. AARP found that half of surveyed workers described themselves as “not too familiar” or “not at all familiar” with annuities — let alone the intricacies of different kinds of annuities and why…

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Understanding Deferred Lifetime Annuities – Pros and Cons

There should be a required primer on retirement planning. It would be sort of an “everything you need to know, but were afraid to ask” type of manual, not unlike the ones everyone says should be issued at weddings or the birth of a child. But instead, as with everything else that’s important in…

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3 Reasons Why Lifetime Annuities Are Terrible Investments and 1 Reason to Consider Them for Retirement

Investments are hugely important for retirement planning.  “Investing” means putting money into an asset with the expectation that it will grow, produce dividends or generate interest.  Investments are designed to grow your money although most, if not all, forms of investment involve some form of risk. By this definition, annuities are a terrible investment. …

Annuities can offer income for life.

What is an Annuity? 5 Things You Need to Know About Annuities

An annuity is an insurance product that you can purchase from a financial institution—usually an insurance company—that is designed to accept, grow and eventually pay out funds over a period of time. Because annuities can provide you with a steady source of income, they are commonly used as retirement planning tools by individuals who…

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How the Federal Reserve Has More People Looking at Buying Annuities

What could be better than income you can depend on throughout your retirement? That’s why annuities were born, and why so many people have chosen to invest their money in these low-risk insurance products. But a funny thing happened on the way to the bank a few years ago. A zero interest rate policy…