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FILET MIGNON AND A WINE TOUR

When was the last time you thought about retirement in terms of the pleasures it could bring you instead of in terms of the fear of having enough money to last? I thought about that when I read this week’s article which asks “What City Fits Your Retirement Soul, and

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MOVE?

I really liked this week’s article because it reflected a conversation I had with a friend the other day. We were discussing how retirement cash flow needs have so much to do with where you live. And if we work backwards and see how much money we have saved, and

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CAN YOU AFFORD IT?

What are the options for obtaining a steady stream of income when we are elderly and really need it? This week’s article discusses how “an annuity can ensure that a retiree is able to afford assisted living. Immediate annuities promise a steady stream of payments, no matter how long you

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DON’T BE HEARTBROKEN

This week’s article hit the nail on the head when it referred to FIAs as a “good long-term relationship for all”. The author cited five good reasons why you should “love a FIA”: 100% Principle Protection, Balance, Growth Potential, Guaranteed Lifetime Income and Tax Deferred Growth. Take a look and

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MISUNDERSTOOD

I found this week’s article interesting and thought to share it with you as it addressed some basic principles of a long-term retirement option. “Let’s start with defining FIAs. These products are long-term retirement options purchased from an insurance company that guarantee principal protection, tax-deferred growth, and reliable income.” If

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WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW

I thought you might want to read this week’s article because it was very direct about why you need to know how Annuities work. The author states that the reason is because “90% of [retirement] planners” recommend them. Why is that? We think it is because “the stock market has

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WHAT KIND?

If you are anything like me, you become frustrated when financial conversations around you include terminology that everyone assumes you understand. While it is an understandable language to say that we are all probably concerned with how to fund our retirement years, what is not so well understood is the

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SLAM DUNK

This week’s article discussed strategies for “when your bucket list doesn’t match your budget” in retirement. Is that true for you? One idea discussed related to annuities where the author stated that “Most importantly, to generate guaranteed income in retirement, annuities are a slam dunk.” Because there are so many

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ARE YOU ONE IN FIVE?

Would it surprise you to learn that one in five Americans have absolutely nothing saved for retirement? This week’s article tells us that “As of right now, nearly 90% of Americans admit that they are not very confident about their retirement preparedness.” How are you feeling about your retirement? Call

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NO BETTER TIME THAN THE PRESENT

This week’s article speaks to the fact that “living comfortably in retirement is indeed possible”. To achieve this goal, it is important for retirees to develop a “strategic plan that allows stability in their golden years to be reality”. This is not a one-size-fits-all process. Call us if you would

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CONSIDER YOUR FUTURE OBLIGATIONS

Annuities are usually discussed in the context of planning for retirement, but have you ever considered the use of an annuity to meet other types of future obligations or needs? This week’s article does just that when it discusses the use of an annuity to ensure an ex-spouse’s obligation for

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A SIMPLE WAY

This week’s article discusses how most people crave guaranteed income in retirement. In fact “six in 10 people ages 55 and older place a value on having guaranteed income to supplement what they’ll get from social security”. Survey responders in the article said the “benefits of extra assured income include

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RETIREMENT COMMUNITY RETIREMENT INCOME

We often think of retirement communities as providing us only with housing and perhaps a few amenities. This past week I came across one that offered out an analysis on Annuities. The reason being that many seniors who have retired are looking for income they can’t out live, and that

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FINANCIAL CERTAINTY IS POSSIBLE

In a new article published by Forbes, an author writes how “removing some uncertainty surrounding retirement is indeed an obtainable goal all Americans can strive to achieve.” I’ve provided a link to the article as I thought you might be interested in the three simple steps that the author shares

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AT WHAT AGE?

I liked this week’s article because it answered the question “At what age should you purchase an indexed annuity?” The author tells us that “the great thing about fixed indexed annuities is that they are a reliable retirement planning vehicle appropriate for people in a variety of life stages.” Call

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PLAYING A GAME

I saw an article this past week which spoke about a new interactive game called “Master of Retirement” and thought to share it with you. Surveys power the game’s questions and offer out informative responses. One question asked in the game is “What is a reason some people choose a

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MORE LIFETIME INCOME

This week’s article discusses how “recent research by retirement income expert and former U.S. Treasury Department official Mark Warshawsky shows that immediate annuities generally provide you with more lifetime income than you could get by following the take-out-4-percent-of-savings-a-year rule or a similar strategy of systematic withdrawals”. It was interesting to

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HISTORY

Did you know that the “concept of annuities dates to ancient Rome, but the first record of annuities in America comes from the Colonial period. In 1759, a company formed to provide a secure retirement for aging Presbyterian ministers and their families. In 1812, the Pennsylvania Company for Insurance on

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SHOULD YOU TAKE A LUMP SUM FOR RETIREMENT?

This week’s article caught my eye when it said “It turns out, many retirees choosing to take their employer’s 401(k) or pension as a lump sum for retirement are taking their lumps.” A survey reported in the article stated that about a fifth of retirement plan participants surveyed “who received

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A SLAM DUNK

I read a good Consumer Reports article the other day that discussed when there isn’t enough saved to meet a retirees expectations in retirement. The article states “Fortunately, there are a number of options for generating extra income without asking undue risks,” and referenced that “to generate guaranteed income in

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CRISIS IN RETIREMENT PLANNING

The Harvard Business Review published an interesting article explaining how when interest rates and stock prices both plummeted, “the value of pension liabilities rose while the value of the assets held to meet them fell.” You don’t need to be a participant in a group plan to experience similar problems,

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