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Pros and Cons of Annuities – How to Evaluate Annuities for Your Retirement

The Big Takeaways… Annuities are a great way to provide guaranteed lifetime income in retirement while hedging against inflation and other financial woes. Though less risky, annuities generally yield lower returns than other investment products, and often come with high fees, so it’s important to do your research before buying. You can quickly figure out…

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Suze Orman Talks Annuities Pros and Cons

When it comes to investing, there is no right answer for everyone. Financial guru Suze Orman warns those saving for retirement that taking action based on finance myths can get you into trouble when reality sets in. As the economic climate begins to change, so will the way that people need to save for retirement.…

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Are Fixed Annuities a Good Fix for Your Retirement Plan?

It appears that more consumers are turning to fixed annuities as a source of income in retirement, and demand for the product doesn’t seem likely to slow any time soon. Can a fixed annuity fix your retirement plan? When you buy an annuity, you are exchanging a lump sum of money for an agreed upon…

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Qualified Longevity Annuities Contract: QLAC Pros and Cons

Annuities are certainly not the only solution to being financially prepared for retirement. However, they are a financial strategy you should be aware of.  In fact, research has shown that a version of an annuity, a Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC), can boost your retirement readiness. This article explores QLAC pros and cons. They are…

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The Best Annuities: What to Look For and Why Buy Them

With the Best Annuities Your Retirement Can Set Sail While investing a big portion of your retirement savings in the stock market can be a risky decision, putting some of that money into an annuity can help ensure you have a steady flow of income for life. There are downsides, but they can be a…

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Should I Buy an Annuity? 4 Reasons to Make the Purchase and 4 Reasons Not To

Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get very different answers to the question, “should I buy an annuity?”  In fact, there are some great reasons to buy an annuity, but there are also many people who would advise that annuities are a terrible idea. The truth of course depends on your own goals and…

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How Does A Lifetime Annuity Work: Lifetime Annuities Explained

No doubt you have heard of annuities.  In fact, if you are already preparing and planning for retirement, you may even have one. But you may be fuzzy on the details of what exactly a lifetime income annuity is, and how it works. Estimate how much income your savings can generate using an Annuity Calculator.…

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping for Annuities

Annuities can be a great way to receive steady income in retirement, but because they are complex financial products, it’s best to do some research before purchasing one, financial planners advise. Estimate how much income your savings can generate using an Annuity Calculator. Here are five mistakes to avoid when shopping for annuities: 1. Investing…

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Building a Retirement Paycheck Through Retirement Income Planning

This deep dive into the concept of using an income floor to establish a three bucket plan for retirement income needs comes from Glen Nakamoto. First of all, just to make clear, I am not a financial advisor or anyone who has any background in financial planning. Before I retired, I was a cybersecurity analyst…

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What is a 403(b)? Is a Tax Sheltered Annuity a Good Investment?

If you are an employee at a school, church, hospital or other non profit, then you are eligible for a “tax-sheltered annuity” — also known as a 403(b) plan. (Don’t work for a non profit? Learn more about annuities and how to invest in them in a tax advantaged way. ) Your work may influence…

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Annuities — Can They Provide Enough Money for You to Live Securely in Retirement?

An annuity helps you pay yourself for life. Annuities often get a bad rap, but maybe that’s not entirely fair. While some advisers love them, just as many, probably more, warn against them. But there are a lot more options than there used to be, and more ways for you to find a policy that…

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Dangerous? Great? Foolish? The Real Scoop on Lifetime Annuities

Annuities have a strange reputation. Some people think they are a great way to guarantee income in retirement. Other people think of them as a bad investment. So what’s the real scoop on lifetime annuities? Forget everything that you might have heard about lifetime annuities: “They’re great, they’re dangerous, they’re safe, or you could lose…

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Am I Too Young to Buy an Annuity? What is the Right Age for Purchasing an Annuity

Annuity purchasers are getting younger, recent data show. And for a good reason, financial planners say. “We’re seeing more knowledge around annuities, and more younger people are using them,” says Chad Noyes, managing director and financial advisor of Chicago-based Hoopis Financial Group, a member of MassMutural Financial Group. An annuity, or insurance product that pays…

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How to Compare Annuity Plans: Choosing the Right Annuity for You

Annuities can be a tricky purchase. You need to compare annuity plans to find the right option for you.  But, there are many different products – fixed annuities, variable annuities, tax-deferred annuities, guaranteed annuities, inherited annuities, equity indexed annuities and more. How do you even begin to go about comparing annuities? Estimate how much income…

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5 Tips for Creating Retirement Income Streams

Americans are living longer than ever. That’s mostly great news for older adults.  You now have more opportunities to enjoy family and enrich your community. However, we are all concerned about outliving our money.  Having retirement income streams to meet expenses for as long as you live is a significant concern. Retirement income streams: Not…

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The 3 Reasons a Lifetime Annuity is the BEST Retirement Investment

When you’re planning for retirement, you’re often trying to determine the best mix of investments for your retirement portfolio. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, and your planning process has to take into account your own particular situation and needs. One potential investment you may want to consider is a lifetime annuity, and there are a few…

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Fixed Income Annuity: Solve 3 Big Problems with 1 Investment

Fixed income annuities can have many key benefits for retirees.  Of all the challenges we face in preparing financially for retirement — creating a steady income stream, gaining tax leverage, and reducing risk of losing money — are at the top of the list.And, the promise of fixed income annuities – an investment tool that…

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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.  Why? …

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Worried About Running Out of Money? New Treasury Rule Makes Longevity Annuities More Appealing

On July 4, an Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday and was named the oldest confirmed living American. While that’s old by any standard, birthday girl Gertrude Weaver is actually the second-oldest person in the world—a sign of global longevity trends; we are living longer now than we ever have before… and paying for these…

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The Lifetime Annuity – A Life Vest for Your Retirement

Imagine this: Bill, a 65-year-old man, has been getting ready to go on a big swim. He’s not completely sure how long this swim is going to last—although he has an approximate distance in mind—but he’s been preparing for it for decades. But without knowing exactly how long this swim will be, Bill isn’t sure…

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Annuity Pros and Cons: Should You Opt for a Deferred or Immediate Annuity for Longevity Protection

Americans fear outliving their money more than they fear death. A staggering 61% of survey respondents said they were more scared of outliving their assets than they were of dying, according to a 2010 study of baby boomers from Allianz. The research found that this percentage climbed to 77% for those age 44 to 49,…

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Purchase an Annuity

Should you buy an annuity? Investing your capital and planning for retirement are important practices, but there are a ton of options out there for how and where to park your money to realize potential growth in the future. Simply put, an annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company. You essentially give…

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