This week I thought to share with you a chart that I found informative because it provides an easy to read explanation of the differences between Annuities and Life Insurance. Because one’s needs may change over time, it is important to be able to understand how each product might fulfill our objectives both in the present day, and in planning for the future. Call us if you have any questions. We’re always here to help.

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This week’s author, formerly with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the National Bureau of Economic Research writes that while not applicable to Warren Buffet’s retirement plan, “Retirees with limited resources face the risk that if they live too long, and/or their assets earn less than expected, they will run out of spendable funds. There is also the risk that if they die too soon, and/or their assets earn more than expected, they will leave financial assets to their estate that they would have preferred to spend on themselves. Retirees exposed to these risks can reduce or eliminate them in only one way: by using some of their assets to buy an annuity, which pays them as long as they live.” Call us if you’d like more information on a product that might help you in this situation. We’re always here to help.

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The author of this week’s article provides an explanation for “Why an FIA is better than stocks” and asks us “Which is better? Having to time the market right or not having to worry about that? Risking principal to achieve gains or achieving gains without risking principal? Having to worry about which stocks, bonds or funds to sell, or not having to worry about that? For many, the advantages of an FIA become overtly attractive.” Take a look at what he says and call us if you’d like to know more about the FIA. We’re always here to help.

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“Wary investors may be searching for stability in 2019.” So what should people consider? The author of this week’s article states that “Risk tolerance and time horizon play big roles in deciding how to allocate your investments. Conservative investors or those near retirement may be more comfortable allocating a larger percentage of their portfolios to less-risky investments to minimize risk. These are also great for people saving for short term (about five years or fewer) or intermediate (around a decade) goals.” We prefer products that minimize risk. Call us if you feel the same way. We’re always here to help.

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This week’s article discusses a new retirement institute study of annuity owners which found “the top two reasons consumers buy annuities are to supplement Social Security/pension income and to receive guaranteed income payments for life.” If you are looking for this type of income during your retirement call us, we’re always here to help.

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This week’s article caught my eye at the outset when it stated “In case you didn’t know, there is such a thing as a lifetime income club. Of course, it goes by another name: annuities.” The author of the article, the Chief Academic Officer of The American College of Financial Services tells us “To an economist, an annuity is the most sensible way to provide safe income in retirement.” Call us if you are looking for this kind of safe income in retirement. We’re always here to help.

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Have you ever thought about why people haven’t saved more for their retirement? “Financial shocks leave a mark on financial outcomes such as your ability to retire,” said one of the authors of RAND’s study on savings regrets. “The shocks can be quite serious and set people back, in some cases, for the rest of their life.” Do you need help regrouping from a “surprise”? Call us, we may be able to offer you some options you have not considered. We’re always here to help.

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With the New Year, we often reflect on goals and resolutions. This week’s article tells us “Surveys of retirement-age baby boomers indicate they no longer seek high growth in their portfolios. Instead, they express a desire for guaranteed lifetime income, safety of principal, and related qualities. Annuities meet those goals”. If these are your goals in this New Year, give us a call. We’re always here to help you achieve them.

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Did you know there are studies that indicate health declines with retirement, and thus health costs increase. “For many people, retirement is a key reward for decades of daily work—a time to relax, explore, and have fun unburdened by the daily grind. For others, though, retirement is a frustrating period marked by declining health and increasing limitations.” Make sure you factor into your retirement planning the possibility of increased health costs. We’re here if you would like to discuss options for a product that can provide income you can’t outlive.

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This week’s article tells us that “Annuities play an important role in retirement planning by helping individuals guard against outliving their assets. In the most general sense, an annuity is an agreement for an entity (generally a life insurance company) to pay another entity a series of payments. While there are many types of annuities, key features can include tax savings, protection from creditors, investment options, lifetime income and benefits to heirs.” If these are some of the features you are looking for in your retirement planning, call us. We’re always here to help.

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