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 decisions are now focused on the value of the funds, the returns on investment they deliver, and how volatile those returns are. Yet the primary concern of the saver remains what it always has been: Will I have sufficient income in retirement to live comfortably? Clearly, the risk and return variables that now drive investment decisions are not being measured in units that correspond to savers’ retirement goals and their likelihood of meeting them.” That’s where we come in. We have some ideas to help you obtain sufficient income, and look forward to helping you meet your retirement goals. Call us, we’re always here to help.

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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 your financial education.” Call us if you would like to discuss options that can help provide you with an income stream you can’t outlive. We’re always here to help.

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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 — from savings accumulation to decumulation. Above all, the transition brings into focus one overriding goal: how best to “pensionize” a nest egg so that your money outlasts you, and not the other way around.” Call us if you’d like some ideas on how to pensionize your savings, and obtain income in the process. We’re always here to help.

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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 – the deal is everyone is supposed to be building retirement assets. Okay, so you build your assets, but how do you make sure that you don’t outlive them?” That’s where we come in. Call us, we’re happy to tell you more about how to have a more secure retirement income.

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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 products, indexed annuities can offer a guaranteed income for life”. If this is something you think you would be interested in, give us a call. We’re always here to help.

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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 a Fixed Annuity is so important. “In a fixed annuity, the insurance company guarantees the principal and a minimum rate of interest”. In essence, this income to you continues so long as you are alive. Hence, the question being asked before you purchase one is “Do you want an income you can’t outlive?” That is what this product gives you. Call us to learn more, and to ask any question you may have. We’re always here to help.

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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 right for your retirement goals. Take a look and then call us, we’re always here to help.

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Can Your Kids Ruin Your Retirement?

This week’s article illustrates what the author calls “one of the biggest threats to your retirement – – your kids.” He tells us that the percentage of 25 to 35 year olds living at home is ”almost double the share of today’s older retirees who were in the same situation years ago.” Financial help and assistance provided by Seniors to their aging offspring can quickly diminish their ability to save enough for retirement. The article reviews the numbers gathered in a survey– including a finding that “nearly 80% of parents give some financial support to their adult children – to the tune of $500 billion a year.” Call us if you find yourself in this situation. We may have some ideas on where to put the savings you do have, off of which you can generate an income that you can’t outlive. We’re always here to help.

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Retirement Challenges for Those in Physically Demanding Jobs

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I read about a study I thought might interest you. “This report examines the retirement readiness of people who are in physically demanding jobs. Due to the strenuous nature of their work, these workers are at risk of aging out of their occupation before they are financially or mentally ready for retirement. The report offers recommendations to help this unique segment of the workforce.” Call us if you fall in this category. We may know of some choices to help you become more financially ready for your retirement. We’re always here to help.

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The Role of Confidence

This week’s article discusses how owning a certain financial product can influence on an emotional level the confidence that retirees feel. Researchers interviewed “income annuity owners to provide insight into the emotional impact of guaranteed income. They found that annuity owners have a greater level of confidence, feel the freedom to spend and invest and feel more certain in leaving a legacy. Using an income annuity supports higher success rates in retirement. Retirement outcomes when the combination approach is used are very attractive when compared to investments-only, both in terms of supporting a spending goal and a greater legacy value of remaining assets.” “On an emotional level, retirees are more confident when there’s certainty to their monthly income. The certainty an income annuity provides increases confidence and reduces stress in retirement.” Call us if you would like to explore this option. We are always here to help.

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