Six Qualities Of Highly Effective Advisors

"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 [...]

Have You Heard From Your Financial Advisor Lately

If you're like most people within 5-7 years of retirement, you're concerned about having your life's savings eaten away by everything from stock market downturns to inflation to increasing taxes. Every day, I get questions from concerned business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors just like you. These are often people with asset portfolios decimated by market [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]