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According to recent research, sales of fixed-index annuities (FIA) are on the rise. This begs the question: What is it about FIAs that are so appealing to consumers, specifically retirees and those who are approaching retirement?Read More »
Later in your career is often when you are in the ideal position to begin negotiating your retirement benefits because, in many cases, the outcome of a negotiation can create a win-win scenario for the company and the employee.Read More »
It’s difficult to plan for an unexpected health crisis, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you can handle health care costs in retirement.Read More »
From The Experts
You may have seen the commercials on TV about selling your annuity for cash. This is a business format that’s about as old as annuities themselves. These companies will offer to buy a stream of future payments that your annuity provides from you in exchange for a lump sum of cash. One problem is that these transactions are usually designed to make money for the company buying your annuity, rather than ensuring you get the best value for that annuity. Selling your annuity might seem like a good idea in a pinch, but in the end, it could cost a lot more than you anticipated.
One thing that can be difficult to predict when you’re planning your retirement is how much you’ll wind up paying for healthcare once you’re retired. The good news is new treatments and lower-cost healthcare resources are created every day. The bad news is one aspect of healthcare many retirees need most tends to cost the most: prescriptions.
While you might be eligible to take benefits at age 62, some experts would recommend you don’t. That’s because the earlier you take them, the less you usually get.
Fixed-indexed annuities are rising in popularity. I’ve seen that in the financial news, and I’ve seen that firsthand with how many people contact me asking about them. The timing is a bit surprising because the stock market has been notoriously volatile for the past few months.
Some financial planners will advise you never to do this because it’s redundant, but there are times when it might be beneficial, especially when it comes to managing your required minimum distributions later on. Before you write off purchasing an annuity in an IRA, you should consider how it could impact you for the life of your IRA.
Allocating retirement assets is a delicate balancing act and one that must be looked at on a deeper level than high risk and low risk. Instead, it might help to work backward and start with how much you need to live on to cover your mandatory and optional expenses. For some, fixed and fixed-indexed annuities can fit in by supplementing that income to cover some of those future mandatory costs.
Beneficiary of an Annuity? Help Lower Your Tax Burden with a Transfer to a Qualified Retirement Account
A beneficiary on an annuity has a number of choices to make — how you want to use the annuity you’ve inherited, as well as how you want to deal with the taxes.
by Rodney Brooks We all know that planning for retirement is no easy task: Whatever information we can get to help is welcome. There are literally thousands of websites tasked with helping Baby Boomers slide gracefully into retirement. A big part of the difficulty in planning for retirement is figuring out exactly where to go…
People who get lump sums of money for whatever reason don’t usually think of annuities as an option unless one is offered. Generally, it’s never recommended that you put all your eggs in one basket (or annuity), but if you’re dealing with a sudden lump sum, often an annuity can be a tax-efficient way to help protect your money.
by Rodney Brooks Many Baby Boomers are finding that they are not ready for retirement, but they are also not ready to ride off into the sunset. So, they are choosing to be entrepreneurs in their encore careers. Some have lost their jobs because they were laid off or bought out after spending years with…