I came across an article in the Harvard Business Review where the author discussed a concept we have touched on in the past – the idea that when you “ask someone what her pension is worth, she will reply with an income figure: “two-thirds of my final salary,” for example. Yet, if you ask someone what their 401K is worth, they will probably lament about the value lost in the financial crisis. The article goes on to state that “the safe, risk-free asset today that guarantees your objective is an inflation-protected annuity…” and “If you had enough money in your retirement account and wanted to lock in that income, the obvious decision is to buy an annuity.” If your goal is to lock in income, give us a call. We’re always here to help.
The Harvard Business Review published an interesting article explaining how when interest rates and stock prices both plummeted, “the value of pension liabilities rose while the value of the assets held to meet them fell.” You don’t need to be a participant in a group plan to experience similar problems, as the same result can occur in individual retirement accounts. This is often a reason why we talk about finding options where the principal is protected, and the product purchased can generate an income that cannot be outlived. Call us if these kinds of options are of interest to you. We are always here to help.
This week’s article that I thought to share with you is called “The Secret to Generating Lifetime Income.” It states that “one solution to help ensure lifetime income is adding a fixed indexed annuity (FIA) to your retirement portfolio. These products can help balance your portfolio and generate guaranteed income for life.” We certainly don’t keep these products a secret, as they are frequently used by retirees to supplement social security income. Call us, we are happy to explain how they work and to discuss if they might be a good option for you to consider. We’re always here to help.
This week’s article made me think about the old adage “What goes up must come down.” Getting older always seems to involve a race against time, and if you know that you have to live off of your savings in retirement, what do you do if there if there is a decrease in your nest egg when you have run out of time to try to make any losses back? Go back to work? Spend even less than you are now? When things are good it is human nature not to remember the risks, even though they are still there, just not actualized. “Fixed indexed annuities are one of several tools that you can use to limit downside risk. You may want to reassess your strategy to see if you can implement these tools. Investing in retirement or even in the years just before retiring always presents a difficult challenge. On one hand, you need to continue growing your assets so you can fund your lifestyle and fight inflation. On the other hand, you want to avoid significant declines because you may not have time for your investments to rebound. One way to protect against this risk is to use tools that offer upside potential but limit downside risk exposure. For example, fixed indexed annuities give you the ability to earn returns based on market performance without experiencing downside market loss. In a fixed indexed annuity, you earn interest every year. The interest rate is based on the performance of an underlying index, like the S&P 500. If the index performs well, your rate may be higher. If it performs poorly, your rate may be lower. However, these policies always have a guaranteed minimum rate, so you will never lose money even if the index declines in value.” Call us if you want to talk about options that limit your risk exposure. We’re always here to help.
Sometimes it is fun to take a moment and participate in a quiz about retirement. Answering questions and then comparing our responses to others gives us new opportunities to think about the choices we are making, and how we are planning for the future. This week’s article does just that. Can you answer the retirement questions it poses? Call us when you and done to talk about your plans for the future. We are always here to help.
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“Why do you think Americans struggle to save for retirement?” This was one of the questions posed to an retirement expert in this week’s article. His response was “If I told you that people spend more time planning their yearly family vacation than they do planning their nearly 20 years of retirement, would that surprise you?” Perhaps one of the reasons this happens is that we just don’t readily know the perfect answer. How do we accomplish this goal that each year seems harder and harder to attain? Call us, we’re here to help and look forward to speaking with you and to discussing with you options you may not have thought about.
Sometimes it is good to go back to basics. That’s why I thought this week’s article might be of interest to you. It explains the basics about what a Fixed Indexed Annuity is, and says that because of the features explained in the article “the value of your money will never decline for as long as it is in the annuity. But it can increase with a rising index, offering growth potential. Once interest is credited, it can never be lost due to interest rate adjustments or negative market fluctuations, and it may even compound. Indexed annuities offer low risk, guaranteed income and protection for market ups and downs.” It is always a good idea to know what your options are. We look forward to helping you feel good about your retirement savings so please call us. We’re here to help.
If you’re anything like me, you may not always have time to read an article or book that catches your interest. Because of that, I thought you might like this week’s article as it provides a re-cap of what the author believes are the “5 Best Retirement Reads of 2015”. Take a look and let us know if you have questions on any of the topics covered. We look forward to hearing from you, and we’re always here to help.
Did you know that “those who plan are estimated to save more than 3x those who don’t”? This week’s article reminds us of this. We’ve always thought that budgeting was important, especially when planning for retirement. You should also remember to take into account that your expenses may increase. Even if some expenses disappear, there are others that can either replace them or change. The inability to predict with absolute certainty how much money we need during our retirement years can be frustrating, but that is what we are here to help you maneuver through. Call us, we look forward to speaking with you soon.
Over a year ago I read an article that appeared on the US Treasury Department’s website that stated “In order to help retirees manage their savings and ensure they have a stream of regular income throughout retirement, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today designed to expand the use of income annuities in 401(k) plans.” As you begin your 2016 retirement planning, that guidance notice may be of interest to you. After you have had a chance to read it, call us if you have any questions. We’re always here to help.