WILL YOU BE DRAWING DOWN ON ASSETS IN RETIREMENT?

This week’s article was interesting to me because it said that “buying an annuity that generates lifetime income could very well be a good move [for retirees] as a variety of studies show that guaranteed income often makes for a happier retirement. Not surprisingly, people seem to enjoy their post-career lives more knowing that they’ll have income they can count on no matter how long they live and regardless of the ups and downs of the financial markets.” I was also interested in the analogy the author made to social security saying that ”social security is itself a type of annuity, indeed, one designed to automatically boost its payments each year to keep pace with inflation (although if the inflation benchmark used by Social Security doesn’t rise, neither will payments, witness the fact that Social Security recipients won’t receive a cost-of-living increase in 2016).” Interesting way to think about it. Call us if you are in the process of trying to determine what your retirement income will be, and if you will be drawing down on assets to fund it. We’re always here to help.

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BACK TO BASICS

Sometimes it is important to go back and review the basics. I thought to refer you to this week’s article because I think it does a good job of highlighting some basic information about annuities. It talks about two categories of annuities, Fixed and Variable. The article states that a Fixed has a “Guaranteed minimum rate of return that never varies regardless of market swing. Insurance company assumes the risk; while a Variable has a “Variable rate of return depending on the stock, bond or money market investment. Consumer assumes the risk.” Call us once you’ve read the article and let us know if you have any questions. We’re happy to help you obtain all of the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

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DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?

I wanted to share with you an article that explained the differences between an annuity and life insurance. I liked not only the explanation, which I found simple and straightforward, but also the chart in the article that provided me with information relating to questions that are often asked by potential purchasers of one or the other product. “Both annuities and life insurance should be considered in your long-term financial plan. While both include death benefits, you buy life insurance in the event you die too soon and an annuity in case you live too long. In other words, life insurance provides economic protection to your loved ones if you die before your financial obligations to them are met, while annuities guard against outliving your assets.” Call us if you want to discuss either of these situations, we are here to help.

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RETIREMENT INCOME OPTIONS FOR WORKING FAMILIES

I came across a press release issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury a little less than a year ago, and thought to share it with you.  J. Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy was quoted as saying “As boomers approach retirement and life expectancies increase, income annuities can be an important planning tool for a secure retirement” and “Treasury is working to expand the availability of retirement income options for working families.  By encouraging the use of income annuities, today’s guidance can help retirees protect themselves from outliving their savings.”  Call us if you would like to discuss what retirement income options may be available to you. We’re here to help.

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FACING RISK

This week’s article mentions that while “we all face risk with our retirement income, overall, women are subject to more financial risks than men, especially in their later years.” The author goes on to explain that “there are a number of ways for women to overcome the various financial challenges and achieve the optimal amount of income for their retirement. By identifying the risks, educating themselves about the risks, and learning how to work around or eliminate these risks, women will be able to clear those retirement hurdles with ease.” The article references five significant hurdles for women that a financial economist has highlighted, and suggests that indexed annuities may play a role in dealing with them. Call us when you get a moment so that we can tell you more about this important retirement product. We’re here to help.

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RISK OR SAFE MONEY PLACES?

In response to the frequently asked question “What is meant by the phrase ‘Safe Money Place’” I thought to refer you to a definition I read and found easy to understand. The author of this week’s article wrote “Safe money places are vehicles that are used for the money that you cannot afford to lose; they’re products that provide peace of mind, knowing that your principal is protected from loss as a result of market fluctuations. Although some conjure up visions of fireproof safes and the space under their mattress when they think of safe money places, true examples of these products include: savings accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), checking accounts, fixed annuities, indexed annuities and U.S. government savings bonds”. We believe in safer money places over risk. If you think the same way, give us a call so that we can tell you what options are available to you. We’re always here to help.

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SAVE FOR RETIREMENT WEEK

I thought you would like to read the seven retirement tips outlined in this week’s article. Written in conjunction with “National Save for Retirement Week” they provide simple yet important ideas that may help you plan better for your retirement future; especially when looking for ways to provide income that you won’t outlive. The tips also remind us to “incorporate low-risk options like Fixed Indexed Annuities” which “can provide much-needed balance” to your retirement portfolio. Call us to discuss what options may be available for you. We’re always here to help.

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SMALL WAYS TO SAVE BIG

This week’s article tells us “When it comes to saving for retirement, starting early is key. And while putting money away can seem like a huge and daunting task, it doesn’t always require major lifestyle changes. If you implement changes slowly and in small ways, you may not even realize how much you’re saving.” We agree, and because it does take time to save, we believe in putting some of that money into a place where your principal is protected from market declines. Call us so we can tell you everything about this product. We’re here to help you navigate toward retirement.

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ARE WE ALL STRUGGLING?

This week’s article was interesting to me because it references a retirement survey and the data gathered; and suggests that all age groups are struggling to build a retirement. “Newly released retirement data reflects the changing landscape of retirement, and shows that majority of Americans want alternative retirement savings option.” What I found very interesting were the similarities in the desire to find options that will better enable each group, regardless of the age bracket, to meet their goals. We can help with that because we’re here to help you define your goals, and find some options for attaining them. Call us, we look forward to hearing from you.

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IMPACT ON THE FAMILY

This past week’s news contained articles about the difference in wages earned by men as opposed to women. Not surprisingly, this disparity also has an impact on how women should better prepare for a secure retirement. This planning can have an impact on the entire family. We consider ourselves part of your family. Please call us, we are here to help you feel better about your retirement strategies.

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