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How do I compare to my colleagues?

Often, when we see statistics of what others are doing, we try to distinguish ourselves by saying ‘They’re different from me’. Interestingly, that may be the case when comparing retirement-readiness. This week’s article tells us “Understanding and comparing retirement-readiness scores of America’s workforce, industry by industry, shows there are important

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A Very Long Time

“One of the biggest challenges in retirement is building a reliable stream of monthly income to support you for what could be a very long time. While retirees have long relied on bonds for this purpose, a retirement income expert recently told MONEY that there’s a better solution: income annuities.”

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Master of Retirement

This week I thought you might want to “become more educated when it comes to retirement planning, especially as one in five Americans have absolutely nothing saved for their golden years. Enhancing your retirement confidence can include reading up on tips to boost your savings or testing your knowledge with

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Population Aging

Did you know that changes in the distribution of age in the US population over the past years has accounted for about one-fifth of the increase in the expenditures for services versus goods? This week’s article is interesting because it tells us that “the rising percentage of the population over

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Want to Accumulate?

Did you know that if you need “insurance for as long as you live and want to accumulate savings a universal policy” might be something you want to consider as a choice. Sometimes people “take a shortcut (such as simply buying a multiple of annual income).” Call us if you

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Retirement Calculators

Are you on track for where you need to be for retirement? This week I thought to share with you several calculators. “These customizable calculators will allow you to run different scenarios and discover how small adjustments could make a big difference for your retirement future.” Call us after you

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Transform your Stress

This week’s article tells us that “Financial stress is the number one source of stress for employees, according to a Price Waterhouse Coopers 2019 survey. Financial matters outrank any other source of stress combined, including health and relationships. Retirement can be a key driver in that stress with nine out

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“It’s No Myth, Lack of Diversity Puts Retirement At Risk.”

This week’s article tells us “to diversify, products like a fixed indexed annuity can offer balance, growth potential with principal protection, and a steady income stream during retirement.” Don’t let misconceptions derail your best solution for balance and security. Did you know that “Not every retirement account can guarantee a

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The Crisis

I read an article the other day that, while written a few years back, seemed to resonate even more today. The author wrote “More dangerous yet is the shift in focus away from retirement income to return on investment that has come with the introduction of saver-managed [retirement] plans: Investment

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Boost your Financial Education

It’s back to school month, and regardless “if your household doesn’t include school-age children, you can still take September as a time to reevaluate your personal development and consider areas for growth in the future. For instance, a financial health checkup is a good way to discover ways to improve

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Pensionize

I came across an article from the past that caught my eye. It tells us that “Entering retirement can be a particularly jarring experience for seniors, and not only because they’re leaving behind the familiar world of work. For the change also requires a shift in one’s financial orientation —

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Transform Stress into Confidence

This week’s article reports that “Financial matters outrank any other source of stress combined, including health and relationships.” Not surprising when so much in our lives depend on how much money we make, how much we’ve saved, and how much we will have in retirement. The author goes on to

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Volatility

This week’s article states “Second-quarter market volatility is making Americans increasingly worried about their finances and retirement savings, with only 31% in a new survey saying they were comfortable with market conditions and ready to invest, down two percentage points from the previous quarter and four points from last year’s

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Counterintuitive Thought

“Here’s a counterintuitive thought:” Healthy consumers “are likely to have higher medical costs in retirement than their less-healthy counterparts.” This means that income in retirement may be needed in order to pay those expenses, and it is also why healthy people “need to save more for retirement.” Call us if

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Were you Aware?

This week’s article relates back to June being Annuity Awareness Month, and lists five things that pre-retirees should know about annuities. The first point the article references is that Fixed Index Annuities can provide stability. “With an FIA, your principal is safe from market swings that threaten other retirement products.

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Is your Back to the Wall?

We already know that reports were issued a few years back telling us that the U.S. recession took its toll on seniors, and that “America’s senior citizens have their backs to the wall” especially when they confront health care costs and the threat of financial ruin if they do not

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Check-up on the Way

“You don’t leave your physical health to chance so why risk your retirement health?” I thought you might be interested in the financial health checklist in this week’s article because it mentions how “like many big life moments such as getting married, or expanding your family, you need a plan

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Annuities: Why You Need To Know How They Work

“You need to know how they work, because many financial planners recommend them to their clients for retirement planning purposes. In fact, one study shows that almost 90% of planners recommend them.” Why are they doing that? “…because the stock market has become a part of our daily conversation –

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Explore Diversified Options

This week’s article tells us “Diversifying your portfolio means balancing risk and growth. One option you might consider when forming your plan is fixed indexed annuities (FIAs). Designed for the long term, FIAs offer a guaranteed minimum rate of return and tax-deferred growth over time. And because they are insurance

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In the News

It is important to understand certain products being discussed in the news as it relates to proposed changes with your qualified 401K funds. The changes are being reported as coming about due to the great numbers of retirees who are outliving their savings. That is one of the reasons why

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Retire Your Risk

Will your monthly income plan provide you with the money you need? “Retiring comfortably is a goal shared by most. Annuities can provide guaranteed income every month with growth potential.” This week we thought to share with you a quick quiz that may help you find out if annuities are

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