Is your social security check going to be enough for you?

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of investors “strongly agree that it’s important to have a guaranteed income stream in retirement to supplement Social Security.” At the same time, “61% strongly or somewhat agree they are willing to give up access to some money in order to provide for a guaranteed retirement income stream,” adds Lydia Saad for Gallup. Whether you’ve recently retired or are some years out, an annuity can help build tax-deferred savings. Why’s that important? They provide a guaranteed lifetime income that can supplement your social security. If this is of interest to you, call us. We can review with you what your options are. We are always here to help.

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Some Annuities even offer a Bonus

As a reminder when you are considering where you can place your hard earned savings to generate a guaranteed income, remember that FIAs are insurance products that can guarantee income over a period of time — even over a lifetime. Unlike a 401(k), the insurance company absorbs the risk of market downturns, guaranteeing a minimum floor, and protecting contract holders from market losses. In other words, an FIA offers the potential for interest based in part on the performance of an external index without the risk of market loss. Your principal amount is guaranteed, subject to any withdrawals you take or any surrender charges incurred due to early termination of the contract. Any growth in annuities is tax-deferred and most compound annually, meaning gains are locked in and added to your principal, with future interest earned on that compounded amount. Some Annuities even offer a bonus – call us if you’d like to learn more about this. We’re always here to help.

As we emerge

Now that we are starting to emerge with no masks, we see that “COVID-19 has accelerated many of the trends that were already challenging the outdated study-work-retire model, as individuals and families, financial services institutions, and policymakers grapple with the issues — and explore the opportunities — of funding lives that now routinely stretch for twenty, twenty-five, or thirty years after traditional retirement age.” We know that a result is “many people are now feeling less secure about their finances and future medical costs due to the pandemic” because of its impact on many facets of the economy. Call us if you are having concerns about your income during retirement, we have some ideas about ways to turn your savings into an income you won’t outlive. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Calculating for your retirement

We’re often asked what kind of information is needed to determine if you are successfully targeting what you need for a secure retirement. Use the retirement calculator in today’s article to create your retirement plan. “View your retirement savings balance and calculate your withdrawals for each year”. It even includes information about Social Security which is calculated on a sliding scale based on your income, and how to allocate for a non-working spouse in your plan. In addition, factors like household income, the age you wish to retire, and when you may and may not make contributions to your savings are factored in. Call us when you’ve crunched your numbers. We may have some ideas to provide you with better opportunities to have an income you won’t outlive in your retirement years. We’re always here to help.

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It’s That Time Again

This week’s article offers up a good recap to the changes in the tax laws that have come into play for the first time with 2020 returns whose filing deadline is now May 17, and also changes that acknowledge that COVID impacted the finances of many of us. You might want to take a glance at the list in this article just in case they bring to mind topics you will want to talk to your tax preparer about, or questions you have about money you’ve withdrawn. You can also call us if you have any questions about your income during retirement. We are always here to help.

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Did you hear? A major insurance carrier is offering a larger than ever BONUS on one of its products that they previously told you about. It’s too good, and only offered for a limited time, to risk not knowing about it. Call us so we can provide you with all of the updated information.

It’s Not Magic

Retirees sometimes get to the point where, as the saying goes “it is what it is” and there “is” only so much money in their retirement savings account, and it won’t or can’t get any bigger. So then the question becomes what can be done with that savings to last through what is hopefully a very long retirement? We have told you in the past about different articles that discuss financial products that exist that can turn a retirement savings account into an income stream that you can’t outlive. But, did you know that there are new ways to increase that lifetime income by up to 25% off of that same sum of money? It’s not magic, and it’s not too good to believe. It’s just something you may not be aware of. Call us, we’re always here to help, and that means trying to make sure you are aware of new and different lifetime income options that may be available to you.

Can a Minor Participate in a 401K?

If you are a small business owner, this week’s article might be of interest to you. It mentions that “the 401(k) has become the go-to retirement plan for many Americans and continues to gain traction. The flexibility, tax savings and scale of 401(k) plans have made it attractive to employers and employees alike.” But it goes on to tell us that “a common misunderstanding with 401(k)s is that there’s a minimum age of 21. The minimum-participation rules state that a plan must not impose a minimum age condition beyond 21, and nothing in federal law precludes setting a plan’s minimum age at a younger age. These choices are ultimately up to the plan’s sponsor.” It’s never too soon to start to save for retirement. Call us if you’d like more ideas on how to do just that. We’re always here to help.

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Did you know?

Did you know that the National Institute on Retirement Security, “Examining the Nest Egg: The Sources of Retirement Income for Older Americans,” January 2020 reports that 40.2% of older Americans only receive income from Social Security? We believe in supplementing that retirement income with additional income you can’t outlive. Call us if you are interested in hearing more about a product that provides this, and also protects your principle from market losses. We’re always here to help.

What’s the Right Strategy for You?

This week’s article confirms an announcement recently made by the IRS. “You now have an extra month to lower your tax bill with contributions to your individual retirement account (IRA). Just like last year, the IRS has extended the 2020 tax filing deadline to May 17, allowing Americans an extra month to make IRA contributions that can potentially ease their IOU to Uncle Sam while also helping them save for retirement.” Do you need help deciding what is the right strategy for you with your retirement contribution? Call us. We’re always here to help.

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