A solid financial plan is one of the most important things you can offer yourself and your family.

What Is An Index Strategy, How Can You Use It To Have A Safer, Prosperous Retirement?

"Index investing" is a passive investment strategy used by some investors in an attempt to generate returns comparable to a broad market index. Proponents of index investing believe that it's impossible to beat the market once you take fees and taxes into account. Many people involved in index investing find index funds to be more [...]

What Is A Fiduciary And How Can One Ensure You Have The Best Possible Retirement Outcomes

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 [...]

Lower Interest Rates Until 2023? Great For Spenders, Bad For Retirement

In September 2020, the Federal Reserve ended its two-day policy meeting by announcing its intention of keeping interest rates at their current all-time lows until 2023. Since 70% of the American economy relies on consumption, the Fed's commitment to low-interest rates is part of an effort to push Americans away from saving and into spending. [...]

What Women Business Owners Can’t Ignore When Planning For Retirement

If you are a woman business owner and don't feel confident in your ability to retire comfortably, you are not alone. A comprehensive survey of women business owners by Transamerica in 2016 revealed that nearly 46% of the respondents said they were concerned that they would not be able to retire comfortably. Perhaps even more [...]

Should You Consider Moving When You Retire

"Some retirees find they can add 6-8 years to their retirements by moving. But there are lots of things to consider before doing so."-Dana Trenchfield It's common for seniors who want to remain in their hometowns to trade their large homes for smaller, less expensive ones. Most retirees enjoy being in a familiar environment and [...]

How Can A Hybrid Annuity Help You Plan For Long Term Care

If you are over 50, your financial advisor, agent, or CPA has probably mentioned the need for some protection against the potentially disastrous costs of long-term care. Knowing that retirees face increasing costs for long-term care and live longer than ever, your advisor may have suggested you purchase traditional long-term care (LTC) insurance policy. However, [...]

What Is A Multi-Year Guaranteed Annuity And Why Should You Care

While no single financial product can meet the financial needs of every retiree, annuity products have evolved to earn a respectable place in many retirees' portfolios.- Randy Hux One of the easiest to understand products in the financial world is the multi-year guaranteed annuity or MYGA. A MYGA is a fixed-rate insurance product that allows [...]

What Is An Annuity Laddering

What Is An "Annuity Laddering" And How Can It Work For You "A desire to preserve cash savings and turn that money into lifetime income is a primary reason some people decide to purchase annuity products. "Laddering" can help these products work even more efficiently."- Jerry Yu It's genuinely shocking when I run across people [...]

The Real Truth About Fixed Index Annuities In A Bear Market

I think we can all agree that the stock market has been extremely volatile since the COVID-19 pandemic. But what has the market done and what was the average return from the beginning of the stock market.  Well, let us investigate the truth, believe it will be a real eye-opener. We have had a bear [...]

The Long Hot COVID 19 Summer

It's only been eighteen days since my last article. Still, answers in our financial game of life seem to escape us like a high fly baseball hit so hard and high and seemingly suspended like a cloud, slowly..... Falling down out of the air, changing course as the baseball falls back down and many are [...]