And They Lived Happily Ever After

"Happily ever after" is typically the ending to a fairy tale. But it's more than that. It's also the way we want to retire. What does it take to have a long and happy retirement? This has been the subject of study by Ph.D.'s in countries around the world. Before I go on, how would [...]

Are You A Woman Worried About Money?

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 [...]

How Should You Prepare Your Finances For Life After The Presidential Election

“Going into 2021, retirees should understand that investment-only retirement income plans are not as efficient and profitable as integrated plans that include transfer of risk through life insurance and income annuities."  Jerry Yu For the first time in a while, Americans are less concerned about how the presidential race outcome will shape the future economy [...]

The Purpose Of Money Dictates Where We Invest

Let me just say that all of America knows where to find Safety—CD’s, money markets, and treasury bonds. All of America knows where to find an opportunity—the stock market. However, many do not know where to find safety, an opportunity for growth, liquidity, and income on the same dollar, at the same time, with no [...]

Retirees Should Invest In An Fixed Indexed Annuity 

As people get close to their retirement years, objectives and goals must adjust from accumulation to income distribution, and portfolio investment risk must be also be addressed accordingly. There is no good reason for investors at or near retirement to have stock or bond market risk, especially in the current low-interest-rate environment. So, where can [...]

Annuity Payout Options: What You Need to Know

"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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]