Seven Common Mistakes Federal Employees Make With Their RetirementBenefits

When my sister Angie and I started our financial services business, Genuine Financial Advisors, we did so because we discovered, through circumstances in our own family, that failing to plan can have devastating consequences, especially in retirement. Mistakes made in any phase of a person's financial life will almost certainly have a magnified impact once [...]

By |2020-06-25T19:55:25+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Retirement Planning|

Does Your 401K Or IRA Need To Be Rescued

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 [...]

By |2020-04-14T18:18:20+00:00October 7th, 2019|Taxes|

Avoiding Probate: A How To Guide

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.

By |2020-04-13T18:55:57+00:00September 5th, 2019|Estate Planning|

Avoid Unnecessary Probate Expenses and Time Delays With This Simple Planning Tip

When you open a retirement savings account (such as an IRA), you have the option of naming a beneficiary. This beneficiary designee stipulates where these assets will go when you pass away. A beneficiary form commonly takes precedence over a will, because retirement accounts do not fall under probate.

By |2020-04-14T00:03:45+00:00May 12th, 2019|Retirement Planning|

The Tax Deferred Annuity

A tax-deferred annuity helps manage tax liability.   A tax-deferred annuity is a plan in which income tax on an original deposit of investment income is not charged during the investment period. The tax liability is deferred until the owner or beneficiary begins to receive (or accesses funds) periodic payments of earnings from the invested [...]

By |2020-04-15T21:50:32+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Annuities, Annuities 101|

10 Solid Reasons To Consider An Annuity For Your Retirement Foundation

Need a reason to add an annuity to your retirement portfolio?  Here are 10. Annuities aren’t for everyone; you have seen me write about that often. But when you are putting together your “bedrock” foundation for your retirement plan, they can be essential to that planning. Think of layering, this about safety and security as [...]

By |2020-04-12T23:27:28+00:00February 17th, 2019|Annuities, home-mid|

Death Benefits and Annuities: Tips and Hints

Annuities are contracts with written contractual provisions which include benefits paid to a named beneficiary. In the event of the annuitant (a person) dies, the proceeds from an annuity are passed to the beneficiary. The beneficiary can be a person or persons, a trust or an organization. If the annuity names a beneficiary, the funds are paid without the need of probate.

By |2020-04-13T20:20:34+00:00January 28th, 2019|Annuities, Annuities 101|

Make the Right Choice in Selecting a Beneficiary

Who should inherit your IRA or 401(k)? Your annuity? See that they do. Here’s a simple financial question: who is the beneficiary of your IRA? How about your 401(k), life insurance policy, or annuity? You may be able to answer such a question quickly and easily. Or you may be saying, “You know, I’m not [...]

By |2020-04-17T18:10:39+00:00January 28th, 2019|Annuities, Annuities 101|

Annuity Beneficiary: An Important Decision

Naming a beneficiary on an annuity can help lower probate expenses Annuities are contracts between an individual and an insurance company. Annuity contracts allow for the owner of the annuity to name a beneficiary so in the event of the death of the annuitant. Because this is a contract, the beneficiary will normally receive the [...]

By |2020-04-13T18:34:35+00:00January 25th, 2019|Annuities, Annuities 101|