Only a fool would buy an annuity, right? Recently, a well-known financial columnist suggested that annuities were a “foolish” choice. He went on to make several points to build support for his position and to gain attention for himself. This person makes his living by being contrary, by suggesting the normal way of business is [...]
Annuities were designed to be a tax deferred alternative for conservative investors stuck in between risky direct forays into the markets on one side and woefully inadequate returns from interest accruing retirement plans. Annuities offer a great deal of flexibility to investors in terms of selecting sub-accounts, period and amount of investment, whether or not to take on any risk as also the methods of investment accumulation and distribution.
As my primary business is offering Fixed and Fixed Indexed Annuities I am constantly amazed at how many people have an immediate negative reaction to the word “annuity”. So many people who call in from my radio show will ask “Are these annuities?” and from that point on it is a challenge to understand what [...]