Category: Annuities

Retirement

How Annuity Rates Can Dramatically Alter Your Retirement

Annuities can be a great addition to any retirement plan, and many people decide to invest in annuities because they can offer higher payouts than other investments and typically have less risk. One thing to consider before buying an annuity is how annuity rates will affect your investment and, ultimately, your retirement income. Annuity rates…

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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 Annuities…

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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 annuities are the same. Some annuities have oppressive 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 experience. Annuities are…

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 is…

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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 cons…

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 a…

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? …

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 want…

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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 (ZIRP)…

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,…

Expert Interview with Sheryl Moore About Competitive Intelligence and Retirement for NewRetirement.com

Sheryl Moore is the creator, founder, president and CEO of Wink, Inc. After seeing a hole in the insurance industry, Sheryl began developing an idea that turned into the successful company, Wink. Not only did she create a thriving business, but she has also put an energetic, expert team together to offer the best in…

What is the Right Age to Purchase an Annuity?

Annuity purchasers are getting younger. 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 – a type of insurance product that pays out…

5 Things You Need to Know about the New Longevity Annuity

If the recent recession taught pre-retirees one thing, it’s that a comprehensive, diversified approach to retirement planning is paramount. Even those who were well prepared with longstanding 401(k) plans or Independent Retirement Accounts (IRAs) found their investments took a hit during the economic downturn. Some people have considered additional products such as annuities to help…

Most Americans Don’t Understand Annuities; Decoding the Mystery of How Does an Annuity Work

While 71% of Americans say they would consider buying an annuity to meet a variety of needs, more than half admit they don’t understand the product, according to a survey by Phoenix Companies, Inc., a financial services firm. Annuities are used for a number of reasons, but about half (49%) of survey respondents indicate they…

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…

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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