"Being a "jack of all trades" may not be an ideal qualification for your financial advisor."- George Politarhos Building a financial advisory group consisting of qualified and trusted experts is an effective way to ensure your wealth is maximized and protected. Just as the medical world has specialists trained in the nuances of a particular [...]
This is the most critical part of retirement. It is not necessarily the amount of money you have; it is the amount of income you can get off of it for the rest of your life. I was meeting with a client the other day, and we were talking about the amount of retirement income [...]
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What is the real benefit of Fixed Indexed Annuities? Your funds are fully guaranteed and are safe and secure. Your Fixed Indexed Annuity can only increase. Fixed Indexed Annuities are best suited for people who want to protect their original principal and provide for an increase in funds linked to a major index.
What do you want the annuity to accomplish for you? That question is best answered with another question. What is the purpose of the annuity? What would you like it to accomplish for you? Many companies and annuity marketing organizations will tell you about how great their annuity products are, and generally, their features and [...]
There is one category of annuities that do pay higher yield than market returns. If you allow the annuity company to hold your funds long term, you can receive a higher than market yield return if you receive the funds as income.
Annuities are designed as long term vehicles to be used later in life — at least until age 59 ½. To make annuity owners focus on their use later in life, the IRS imposes a 10% additional tax for any annuity accessed before that age minimum of 59 ½. The tax is in addition to any income taxes which may also be due on a pre-59 ½ distributions.
As kids almost all of us dreamed of being a millionaire I was raised in a small town in Idaho, we had one millionaire. People would always talk about her (yes, a her) about her cars, her vacations, her house and especially the Christmas party she always hosted. My parents went to the party every year; it was all so grand, at least by our small town’s standards. One year I got to park cars for the party and earned $20, a really huge payday for me. Now as I look back and wonder about being a millionaire I have realized that a big pile of money isn’t really an answer — it is what that pile of money can do that is important.
Myths or facts, make sure your understand the difference Corporate media is mostly aligned against annuities. Could financial bias drive this demonization? Traditional financial institutions (Wall Street) spend vast amounts of money advertising on corporate media properties. What is the truth about annuities? How can one product be so loved and vilified at the [...]
Are municipal bonds tax-free? Might want to make sure. Municipal securities, also known as "munis," are bonds issued by governmental entities such as states, cities, counties, and other organizations. The bonds are sold to raise money for public interest projects such as schools, bridges, roads, and other municipal construction needs to benefit the public. Like [...]