In a 2011 survey asking Baby Boomer-aged women about their retirement plans and their investible assets, single women had substantially less money saved for retirement than did single men. In addition to less money saved for retirement, a high percentage (86%) of women surveyed planned to retire earlier than men.
You’ve worked hard all your life, played by the rules only to have a majority of your nest egg wiped out due to something you could NEVER have controlled. For most of us, this would be devastating and possibly life-changing! For most pre retires and retirees, the #1 concern they have is fear of running [...]
"Offering retirees the chance to obtain tax-deferred growth and guaranteed income in retirement, annuities should always be part of a retirement and income specialist's tool kit." Michael Masor. Successful financial advisors understand that the days of selling a product and never seeing that client again are long gone. Instead, retirement planning has morphed into more [...]
"You may be hearing more about a newer type of annuity product- the ILA, or "buffer" annuity in the coming months. But, be careful you know the pros and cons before jumping on the bandwagon."- Dave Barr With interest rates hovering near-zero for at least the next couple of years, indexed linked annuities (ILAs), also [...]
"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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"Retirees wanting to generate most of their retirement income from an investment portfolio should be aware of how the order of investment returns could significantly impact the portfolio's value."- Michael Lucey One of the most significant risks seniors face in retirement is their portfolios' potential to experience large negative returns soon after they retire. When [...]
What is the number one worry for retirees? Not having enough money saved to last them in their golden years. Industry expert Tom Hegna has written extensively about this fear in both of his books “Don’t Worry, Retire Happy” and “Paychecks and Paychecks.” He states, “The number one risk retirees must take off the table [...]
The devastating effects or living too long (the longevity crisis) and not having enough funds to maintain an anticipated quality of retirement is a real concern. LIMRA reports: The average life expectancy for a person who reaches the age of 65 is 83 for males, 86 for females. LIMRA purports that the proper way to interpret these statistics is to assume half of all males who reach age 65 will live past 83 and half of the females who reach that age will live past 86. Half of all couples who reach age 65 will have one partner hit 90.