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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 The Pandemic Has Taught Us About Financial Planning

Like most people, I have found myself challenged by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The social consequences are genuine, so is the financial impact as millions of Americans face economic hardship and uncertainty. - Tim Davis, CLU, CEBS As is the case with most of life, each hardship and challenge contains lessons to be [...]

By |2020-09-11T17:58:31+00:00September 8th, 2020|Retirement Planning|

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 [...]

Six Common Designations Used By Advisors And Agents

Choosing a member of your financial team is a task that you should never undertake lightly. After all, you will be sharing an intimate part of your life with someone you typically haven't known for long and probably don't know very well. Trustworthiness is an essential virtue for anyone you select as part of your [...]

By |2020-08-31T16:58:33+00:00August 26th, 2020|Retirement Planning|

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 [...]