Can You Ensure Your Golden Years Are Sweet?

"There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last." – Robert Lewis Stevenson. We all want our retirement years to be financially secure, but the "Golden Years" are anything but sweet for many. Even the best plans can be completely derailed by market [...]

By |2021-01-29T20:02:11+00:00January 21st, 2021|Annuities, Estate Planning, Insurance, Investing, Retirement Planning|

Debt Free Independent And Prosperous

While there is no single quality that guarantees a person will be financially successful, there are some common traits the financially free have in common. I believe that anyone, especially those partnering with a dedicated, trusted financial advisor, can achieve financial freedom, no matter how small or large their salaries. There are tons of stories of people [...]

How To Design And Customize Your Retirement Asset Allocation Framework

The one-size-fits-all approach their advisor may have used during the accumulation phase just won’t work when it’s time to retire.-George Politarhos Generic, templated approaches to financial planning can work for some people during the “accumulation” phase of their financial lives. However, as a person gets within five to seven years of retirement, it becomes obvious [...]

Will A Diverse Retirement Plan Provide Peace Of Mind

"Dollars saved 20 years ago have lost nearly HALF of their purchasing power. Such inflation poses a serious threat to seniors entering retirement, as well as those already in retirement." Robert Cannon Since 2000, the US dollar has lost an incredible 44.2% of its purchasing power. Reports from the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), [...]

By |2020-11-22T19:03:32+00:00November 22nd, 2020|Retirement Planning|

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Should Your Portfolio Include A Deferred Income Annuity

Also known as "longevity" annuities, deferred income annuities (DIAs) are risk transfer contracts. These contracts allow you to create a guaranteed future income stream many years before you retire. DIAs are often used to supplement existing qualified plans and pensions. They can help solve a person's concern about outliving their money in retirement. When you [...]

By |2020-08-12T15:00:33+00:00August 10th, 2020|Annuities|