Protecting your family and your assets from risk is an important aspect of any sound financial strategy.

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 Are Buffer Annuities And How Do They Work

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 [...]

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 Elusive Market Sidewinder Hidden But In Plain Sight

Like the elusiveSidewinder Snake, the elusive “Market Sidewinder” buries itself in the sand of financial data we take in, staying calm and waiting for the right opportunity to reach out and bite us. The Sidewinder Snake is unique, able to travel sideways speedily at 18 mph across the sand. His method for getting his next meal [...]

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 [...]