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DO YOU CRAVE IT?

This week’s article tells us that people crave income in retirement, and that “the appeal of lifetime income is clear in a recent study: Six in 10 people ages 55 and older place a high value on having guaranteed income to supplement what they’ll get from Social Security”. Those surveyed

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NEVER FALL BELOW ZERO

This week’s article says that if you “need your earnings to never fall below zero or you want growth potential, coupled with principal protection from market loss or you seek a guaranteed minimum rate of return that never varies, regardless of market swing” then a Fixed Indexed Annuity might be

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RETIRE YOUR RISK

“You’ve lived with risk, don’t retire with it.” The opening line of this week’s article caught my eye and I thought it might do the same with you. If you are one of the many of Americans who “are concerned that they will either run out of money in retirement

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TERMS

From time to time it is a good idea to review the meaning of terms used when we discuss products that may help you plan your retirement strategies. This week’s article does just that, and provides us with a clear glossary of annuity product terms. Call us as you plan

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MANY USEFUL PURPOSES

This week’s article lets us know that annuities can serve many useful purposes. “If you are in a saving-money stage of life, a deferred annuity can help you meet your retirement income goals, help you diversify your investment portfolio, and help you manage your investment portfolio”. “If you are in

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PROTECTION FOR YOUR EGG

This week’s article tells us that FIAs protect your nest egg. “Nearly 90 percent of Americans lack confidence in their retirement savings (IALC data, October 2017). FIAs provide peace of mind and minimum guarantees. With FIAs, your principal is protected from market loss and will never decline in value, as

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HEDGING AGAINST SOMETHING BAD

This week’s article spoke about annuities offering “a hedge against something bad happening to your money, like a huge loss in a stock market collapse. Instead of personally managing your money and assuming risks inherent in stocks and mutual funds, you buy an annuity that guarantees a steady money income

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FUEL FOR RETIREMENT

We read an article the other day from a library of information we have access to and thought it would interest you to know that it discussed “higher interest rates, of course, mean higher payout rates on annuities.” We like fixed annuities because they can provide an income you can’t

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BALANCE

When you think about the things that fill your life what are you goals? Most people will say that a work-life balance is important. When you think about retirement, do your thoughts also lean toward balance? This week’s article tells us that for most people their goal is “a nice

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RETIREMENT PLANNING WORKSHEET

With a title like “Sharpen your pencils, let’s work the numbers” I knew you would enjoy being provided with the opportunity to see how ready you are for retirement, and if your numbers add up to what you thought they would in terms of your ideas of where to put

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DIFFERENCES

Did you know that your readiness for retirement may vary depending on your occupation? This week’s article sets out a “Retirement-Readiness Score by Industry” and provides information to understand the differences and surprising similarities across the occupations. Call us if you would like to improve your readiness score. We may

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BASICS AND BALANCE

This week’s article “Fixed Indexed Annuities 101” made me smile because it brought back memories of my younger days in school, and I was reminded that even as we grow older, especially when planning for our retirement, it is sometimes best to go back to basics. The first basic question

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BASICS AND BALANCE

This week’s article “Fixed Indexed Annuities 101” made me smile because it brought back memories of my younger days in school, and I was reminded that even as we grow older, especially when planning for our retirement, it is sometimes best to go back to basics. The first basic question

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SOCIAL SECURITY EARLIER?

The article I thought to share with you this week tells us that ” If you will celebrate your 62nd birthday in 2017 or soon after, you’re in the vanguard of a big change in Social Security: Starting with people hitting that milestone in January, the full retirement age (FRA)—that

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LEAVING THINGS TO CHANCE

This week’s article hit the nail on the head when it said “Whether your retirement is 20 years away or two, it’s good to see you are not leaving it to chance. Retirement could last decades, so it’s smart to look into ways to grow and protect your nest egg

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THE RISKS AND PROCESS OF RETIREMENT

I came across the results of a survey conducted online of Americans ages 45 to 80 the purpose of which was to evaluate Americans’ “awareness of potential financial risks in retirement, how this awareness impacts the management of their finances with respect to retirement, and how Americans are managing the

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WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN?

It is always important to understand what is really meant by the words used by someone trying to give you advice on your retirement planning. That is why we thought to share with you a list of some key terms, and to “encourage you to understand the most commonly used

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THE NEXT BIG THING

I thought to share this week’s article with you when I read “Retirement could last decades, so it’s smart to look into ways to grow and protect your nest egg for the long run.” Decades is a long time, especially when you think that you most likely won’t be working

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DO YOU NEED A SECURITY BLANKET?

It is not difficult to understand why, as this week’s article reports “Americans routinely report anxiety about money, particularly middle-aged people,” especially when they begin to think about retirement. In this day and age where loss of jobs is a reality, and escalating expenses are a given, experiencing stress about

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REPLACEMENT RATIO

Someone asked me the other day to explain to them what a “Replacement Ratio” meant and so I thought to share this with you. Typically the phrase refers to the percentage of pre-retirement income you will need to generate once you stop working in order to maintain the same standard

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HOW READY ARE YOU FOR THE NEXT BIG THING?

This week’s article tells us “Whether your retirement is 20 years away or two, it’s good to see you are not leaving it to chance. Retirement could last decades, so it’s smart to look into ways to grow and protect your nest egg for the long run. Fixed Indexed annuities

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