Has the pandemic made you long for safety? Why annuities are a perfect choice during and after COVID-19. “Most investors consider the consistent rise in share price as a proxy for safety. Often not true!” ― A K Asnani Writing this in a pandemic-impacted world, I realize that many of us are at a loss [...]
Because of the accumulation benefits of tax deferral, many individuals have successfully created substantial IRA or 401K accounts or other qualified plans. It is not uncommon for these accounts to have amassed seven figures of total dollars. It is also usually the case that little attention has been focused on what will happen to [...]
There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the "theory of decreasing responsibility" was a viable way of determining how to plan one's retirement. This theory, which formed the nucleus of retirement planning for decades, held that as people get older, their financial responsibilities will decrease. For example, the mortgage will typically be paid [...]
If you own bank accounts and want to reduce your exposure to probate with these assets the “payable on death” (POD) option may help you. This option offers an easy method to keep bank account out of probate court. All that is required is a form which most banks can supply naming whomever you want to inherit the money in your account at your death.
Every night on the nightly news, it seems there is bad news about retirement plans, especially 401(k)s. The US Department of Labor has established new rules about the fees, disclosures, and management of these top-rated retirement products. More regulations were expected in May of 2016, which would have outlined the role of a financial advisor [...]
Asset Protection or Asset Speculation, which should you choose? After practicing in Safe Money for close to 30 years, one thing is true when it comes to those that are approaching or in retirement. The old fable, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. As Baby Boomers grapple with the forces [...]
“Only money left over after paying taxes can be spent. For the average person in the U.S., 34.5% of that sum goes to pay interest alone, to finance car purchases, homes, and various other purchases. This money is gone forever. It is making persons in the banking business wealthy. It can be yours to enrich [...]
Stop! Drop what you're doing and check your beneficiaries! If you have a testamentary trust, it might be a smart move not to name the trust as a beneficiary of certain assets such as annuities, life insurance, bank accounts, a brokerage account or a qualified retirement account. Please check your policies and if you [...]
Two of the benefits of Fixed Indexed Annuities I talk about daily in my practice are 1) their ability to protect retirement accounts from market volatility, and 2) protection from ever running out of income during retirement. Of course, this is retirement asset protection. But something that has been lost over the past several [...]
I just couldn’t keep my big mouth closed and gave Harry and Sally the report on their 401 (k) annual expenses being charged to manage their funds. These expenses were in addition to the $50 per year administration fees and were tied to the actual account value of the funds in the 401 (k).