Variable annuities and fixed annuities are very different creatures. Fixed annuities earn a set rate of interest for a specific time period. Variable annuities invest your funds in separate accounts (sub accounts) that invest in securities such as stocks and bonds, etc. Each separate account will offer specific investment objectives, you select the accounts that will best help you reach your goal. Here are specific points to understand before investing in variable annuities.
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A recent alert from the Financial industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) warns of scams related to extremely high interest rates offered on High Yield Certificates of Deposit (CDS).
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How ignorant are those who don't understand annuities and yet think they are experts A year or so ago, an article written by stockbroker, Brooks Rhys, made a clear and loud statement, “Don’t Buy Equity Linked Annuities!” I have to laugh at the headline now; Mr. Rhys didn’t even know the correct name of [...]
What Your Broker Doesn’t Want You To Know About Variable Annuities Disclaimer: In the early part of my career, I was licensed to sell variable annuities; I no longer maintain my securities license. The article below is gleaned from a wide array of information available to anyone; all you need to know is where to [...]
Recent update: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/28/woodbridge-group-ordered-to-pay-1-billion-in-penalties-for-ponzi-scheme-targeting-retail-investors.html In the old movie, The Road to Morocco, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope show their pure comedic brilliance. One of the best parts of the movie is when they become lost in a Moroccan desert and see a mirage, the outcome is hilarious. Of course, the illusion is not real, and they end [...]
Distribution fees in mutual funds are designed to cover ongoing marketing and support cost for services provided to owners of mutual funds. Distribution fees are paid to the sales organizations that provide the clients for the mutual fund company. 12 B-1 fees are subtracted from the mutual fund owners share value. These are fees paid [...]
If you get the chance to see the movie, “The Big Short” take it. After watching the movie. I went home to take a shower and try an get some of the Wall Street scum off me that had come from watching how horrible (and stupid) Wall Street is. It seems to me that when [...]
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