Month: January 2016

ACCUMULATE MORE WEALTH

Most of us have read that females, on average, live longer than males. This week’s article takes this information and applies it to retirement planning. Discussing how women “need to accumulate more wealth to finance their retirement needs”, the author points out that recent studies have drawn into question the logic of taking increased risk…

WEALTH ACCUMULATION AND INCOME YOU WON’T OUTLIVE

This week’s article speaks about the emergence of Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs) “as a top choice for soon-to-be retirees due to their potential for wealth accumulation.” We have spoken in the past about the option of using FIAs for income that you won’t outlive. This article draws our attention to an additional consideration. Call us…

THOSE WHO PLAN

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…

THINKING TOWARD THE FUTURE

As we close out 2015, it seems appropriate to reflect on the past year and plan for the future. A comment in this week’s article caught my attention as it seemed to do both. ”Fixed-index annuities, a type of annuity that benefits from market gains, have become more popular in recent years as investors wary…

GUIDANCE

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…

GIVING

This week’s article on the topic of Giving reminds us that at this time of year when we think about what gift to give to our loves ones “ it’s worthwhile to take some time and consider whether the family members and friends who are beginning to prepare for retirement are adequately prepared to step…

GUARANTEES OR DREAMS AND HOPES?

Many of us think of our 401K or IRA account as the source of our retirement income. The question is, how much income will it provide? Regardless of the amount of money we have saved, it is difficult to determine the exact amount of income we will obtain from it, in part because the principle…

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…

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…

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…

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