What is the color of your money — Red or Green?

Has a financial professional ever asked you what the color of your money is? Many investors are unfamiliar with this terminology. Most individuals have not heard of this because their financial advisers are more interested in discussing the specifics of a certain product rather than how you will benefit from that product. What I see is that focusing on product versus color can have a negative impact on your retirement.

By |2015-05-22T16:26:00+00:00January 27th, 2014|Annuities, Financial Planning|

Roth IRAs, IRAs, 401(k) and Account Conversions

The big difference between the Roth IRA and other retirement accounts is that rather than receiving a tax break for monies placed into the account, you receive the tax break when you withdraw the money. Why is this difference important? Like any other choice based around tax issues, the more funds that have a tax advantage, the better the net results. Using a Roth IRS’s long term accumulation allow for blending this tax free income with other assets which may have more tax liability.

By |2017-11-21T00:43:04+00:00January 23rd, 2014|Financial Planning, Retirement Planning|

Rich Get Richer, Poor Get Poorer – What about the Middle Class?

In September 2013 a UC Berkeley study found that the wealthiest 1% of Americans saw their income grow by 31.4% between 2009 and 2012. Also it was discovered that income inequality in the United States was the highest since before the Great Depression. One reason why most in the middle class cannot move to a loftier position is our tax system. Workers are taxed at a different rate than investors — the difference between earned income and dividend and capital gains taxation is significant.

By |2015-05-22T06:30:18+00:00January 21st, 2014|Financial Planning|

The Modernization of American Annuities

The number one reason that people purchase an annuity in the first place is income protection, protection from living too long. Think of it as an insurance to protect you from outliving your assets. It is not uncommon, and it is becoming more common, for people to outlive their retirement funds, people are living longer. For many people, it just makes solid sense. With the purchase of an annuity come contractual benefits known as settlement options.

By |2015-05-22T06:49:25+00:00January 15th, 2014|Annuities, Annuities 101|

Do Annuities Have Fees?

Fixed annuities are issued by insurance companies and offer interest for a specific time period (other benefits also). Variable annuities are securities sold by licensed security brokers, their products (variable annuities) have fees at several layers.

By |2015-05-22T06:35:19+00:00January 14th, 2014|Annuities|

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): Safety and Security in the Banking Industry

The FDIC was created in 1933 to add stability to the failing banking industry. The concept was simple: provide guarantees for funds on deposits in member banks. Stability was necessary for the country to crawl itself out of the Great Depression. Since its inception, the FDIC and its guarantees have allowed the United States to prosper and gain confidence.

By |2017-11-20T17:08:16+00:00January 9th, 2014|Financial Planning, Investing|