If you know the truth about America’s finances, it should make you mad! Consider that One-fifth of all United States dollars ever printed has entered existence within the past year. A WHOPPING 20% of our new money supply printed within the past year! This craziness has led the Federal Reserve to expand the US balance […]
What is social security?
Social security is a government program that provides financial assistance to people who are unable to work because of retirement, disability, or unemployment.
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2020 was a year notable for a series of disruptive economic events, dramatic shifts in the way Americans work, and renewed interest in alternative markets, especially those embracing change to maintain relevance. The year began smoothly enough as many asset classes and indices experienced growth from the beginning of the year until around the middle […]
“Rising unemployment has serious implications, even for those already retired.” Robert Cannon. As the country emerges from COVID-19-related lockdowns, we are beginning to see more of the economic aftermath, particularly in the form of unemployment. When you are already retired or are close to retirement, it’s tempting to feel somewhat insulated from the effects of […]
“Building an expert team to guide you through the often bewildering and frustrating financial landscape is a crucial task if you are a pre-retiree or already retired.”-Eric Coons “Do-it-yourself” retirement planning is certainly possible, even if it’s probably not a great idea. The current IRS tax code, for example, is around 2,600 pages long. Then […]
Are you a woman who tosses and turns at night, worrying about money? Insurer Allianz surveyed women in 2019 found that 67% of female survey respondents reported worrying about their current financial situation versus 57% of males interviewed. Nearly 40% of women surveyed reported thinking about money on a daily or least weekly basis. A […]
“If you are preparing to purchase an annuity, you will need to decide when you want your stream of periodic payments to begin. The time when the income stream turns on is known as the “annuitization” phase. “- John Ripley There are several ways to receive payments during the annuitization phase of an annuity contract. […]
If you have been looking for a financial advisor or retirement and income specialist recently, you may have run across the term “fiduciary.” Fiduciary rules have been in the news lately due to some new Department of Labor (DOL) rules which clarify which financial professionals are considered fiduciaries and which are not. In June of […]
Sparked by the current pandemic, sales of a relatively new type of annuity have seen a 38% increase over the last year, according to estimates by the Secure Retirement Institute. These latest iterations of annuity products, known as “buffer” annuities,” trace their origins back to 2010. That year, a handful of annuity companies created a […]
Many things in the United States are in flux right now because of the pandemic. Perhaps nowhere is the uncertainty and confusion more apparent than in the US education system. As a parent or grandparent, you obviously want to give your kids the best possible chance of success in life. Until recently, the path to […]
Retirement is all about cash flow, but did you know…. When folks seek to retire, one of the most important objectives to evaluate is their Social Security benefits. Social Security is an excellent resource because it provides a guaranteed check for life. However, if you file your benefit to early (62), you could face up […]