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A Simple Way to Get Guaranteed Income in Retirement

People crave guaranteed income in retirement, but they cringe at the mention of the word “annuity.” That disconnect can make it tough to ensure a steady flow of dollars in later life. One answer: Go with an annuity, but keep it simple. The appeal of lifetime income is...

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Annuities: Part I

In today’s volatile climate, investments seem to be wading in uncertain waters.  Even one-time solid choices like blue-chip stocks are swimming in rough seas.  Because of this, investors sometimes examine a myriad of possibilities to secure or help their money grow....

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A Guaranteed Income Source to Beat Your Investments

Recent research by retirement income expert and former U.S. Treasury Department official Mark Warshawsky shows that immediate annuities generally provide you with more lifetime income than you could get by following the take-out-4-percent-of-savings-a-year rule or a...

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Working in Retirement: Fantasy or Reality?

To work or not to work? That is the retirement planning question. Let's take a closer look at this modern-day riff on the famous line in Shakespeare's "Hamlet," where Prince Hamlet laments about life's unfairness but reflects that the alternative (not being alive)...

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Should you take a lump sum or annuity for retirement?

The wrong choice caused some to run out of money It turns out, many retirees choosing to take their employer’s 401(k) or pension as a lump sum for retirement are taking their lumps. About a fifth of retirement plan participants (21%) MetLife surveyed who received...

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AT WHAT AGE SHOULD YOU PURCHASE AN INDEXED ANNUITY?

The great thing about fixed indexed annuities is that they are a reliable retirement planning vehicle appropriate for people in a variety of life stages. However, there are a few rules of thumb to follow when thinking about purchasing a fixed indexed annuity. Of...

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2 Huge Things People Get Wrong About Retirement

So much for the "golden years." Some 28% of recent retirees complain that life is actually worse in retirement than it was when they were working, according to a recent survey by Nationwide. The cause may be mismatched expectations. Pre-retirees tend to overestimate...

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Retirement in 2017: 5 Stats Everyone Should Know

Here's the state of retirement saving in the U.S., and what to do if you need to catch up. If you read the financial news often, you may have heard about the "retirement crisis" many Americans are facing. While it's true that the average American doesn't save nearly...

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Americans are spending more money after they retire

Most people expect to spend less money after they retire. But that might not be the case -- at least not at first. Spending rose for more than half of taxpayers during the first three years after claiming Social Security, according to a report based on tax data and...

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Social Security tips for singles

Not married? Here are strategies to help you maximize your Social Security benefits. Key takeaways ✔ The longer you delay Social Security, the higher your monthly benefits. ✔ Divorced: Your benefit can be based on your ex-spouse’s work history. ✔ Widowed: Consider...

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Americans are spending more money after they retire

Most people expect to spend less money after they retire. But that might not be the case -- at least not at first. Spending rose for more than half of taxpayers during the first three years after claiming Social Security, according to a report based on tax data and...

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THE 5 W’S OF A SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT

There’s no better time than today to develop your retirement plan and consider options that may be suitable for your future. Fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) can offer lifetime income and provide peace of mind when looking for ways to protect your nest egg from market...

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How to Find Serenity Despite Retirement Uncertainty

“How can I feel fine?” That’s what Julie Elman, from Ohio, wants to know. Julie is 57, retirementis right around the corner, and she’s worried. Despite doing “all the right things,” whenever she spends time reviewing her financial situation, Julie never, ever feels...

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Putting Strings on What You Leave Your Children

How to protect beneficiaries from themselves. Billionaire Warren Buffett was famously quoted as saying that when it came to leaving your children money, the sweet spot is “enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do...

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3 SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT

Summer is here, and the future is brighter than ever. If you are busy planning, saving and budgeting for a summer vacation, use these tips to make the most out of your summer and get your retirement savings on track. 1. Spend less and save more. With this warmer...

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DEVISING A SUMMER SAVINGS PLAN

Summer is here and that calls for some down time relaxing with family and friends. Whether you plan on spending your summer days in the sun or binge-watching your favorite television series, developing a summer savings plan will help you enjoy your days now, and stay...

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How to Find Serenity Despite Retirement Uncertainty

“How can I feel fine?” That’s what Julie Elman, from Ohio, wants to know. Julie is 57, retirementis right around the corner, and she’s worried. Despite doing “all the right things,” whenever she spends time reviewing her financial situation, Julie never, ever feels...

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INFLATION WATCH – 2017

INFLATION WATCH - May 2017 The I.I.I. Inflation Watch spreadsheet contains the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Both current and expected near-term general inflation continue to be low by historical standards, but there...

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DO YOU LOSE THE BALANCE OF AN ANNUITY IF YOU DIE?

DO YOU LOSE THE BALANCE OF AN ANNUITY IF YOU DIE? One common misconception about annuities is that you lose the balance of the annuity if you die. In the case of  Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs), the money remaining in your annuity can pass to one or more named...

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Here’s How Much a Job Loss Now Will Cost You by Retirement

Here's How Much a Job Loss Now Will Cost You by Retirement When Americans struggle financially—if they face a job loss or a bout with illness, for example—one of the first places they turn for relief is their retirement savings accounts. This makes some sense, at...

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Three key decisions to make before you retire

Three key decisions to make before you retire When to take Social Security, how to pay for health care, and how to generate income. Key takeaways: ✔ The longer you can delay collecting Social Security, the higher your benefit. ✔ Plan for health care costs and figure...

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4 WAYS TO SAVE WHILE PAYING OFF STUDENT LOANS

You’ve walked across the stage, shook the university president’s hand, and waved to your beaming family and friends. All of those late nights in the library suddenly feel worth it, but you know with the student loans, the work of school is not quite yet complete....

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Planning For Your Retirement: Understanding Annuities

Planning For Your Retirement: Understanding Annuities An annuity can be a very smart retirement investment for many people. That's not just because an annuity can provide a secure revenue stream — a monthly check — for the rest of your life, no matter how long you...

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ANNUITY SHIFT

ANNUITY SHIFT National Retirement Planning Week took place in April, and the whole month was Financial Capability Month. April was full of encouragement for individuals to move their retirement savings plans forward. California’s insurance commissioner, Dave Jones,...

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1 in 4 workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement

1 in 4 workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement You're not alone if you have next to nothing saved for retirement. But that doesn't mean you're in good company. Almost one-quarter of workers said they and their spouse combined have less than $1,000 saved for...

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The power and pitfalls of retirement savers’ illusions

The power and pitfalls of retirement savers' illusions Study finds that the format in which information is presented affects an individual’s perception of wealth (or poverty) A new study has found that one difficulty workers saving for retirement have in judging...

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10 misconceptions about saving for medical care in retirement

10 misconceptions about saving for medical care in retirement Retirement isn’t the only thing workers have trouble saving for; the other big gap in planning is health care. According to a Voya Financial survey, Americans just aren’t ready to pay for the health care...

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The power and pitfalls of retirement savers’ illusions

The power and pitfalls of retirement savers' illusions Study finds that the format in which information is presented affects an individual’s perception of wealth (or poverty) A new study has found that one difficulty workers saving for retirement have in judging...

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4 Things to Eliminate From Your Life for a Happy Retirement

4 Things to Eliminate From Your Life for a Happy Retirement What you remove is just as important as what you add. Many retirement articles have been written about all the wonderful things you can do with the free time you will have after you retire. Once you leave...

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What Are the Different Types of Annuities?

What Are the Different Types of Annuities? Fixed vs. Variable Annuities In a fixed annuity, the insurance company guarantees the principal and a minimum rate of interest. In other words, as long as the insurance company is financially sound, the money you have in a...

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5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE PURCHASING AN INDEXED ANNUITY

5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE PURCHASING AN INDEXED ANNUITY Indexed annuities offer a unique and attractive blend of safety, growth potential, tax advantages, lifetime income and liquidity. But, it’s important to understand the terms of your individual contract. Here are...

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How to Save For Retirement When You’re Raising Kids Alone

How to Save For Retirement When You’re Raising Kids Alone It can be hard to save when you’re the only adult in the house, but putting money aside for retirement should be non-negotiable. Whether you are divorced, widowed or a single parent by choice, raising kids...

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3 WAYS TO BRIDGE THE GENDER SAVINGS GAP

3 WAYS TO BRIDGE THE GENDER SAVINGS GAP This post originally appeared on the National Life Group Main Street blog on 3/9. By Maria McLendon. When it comes to savings, the gender savings gap is huge. A recent study[1] indicated that women have 50% lower savings than...

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DON’T TAKE THE JOURNEY THROUGH RETIREMENT SAVINGS ALONE

DON’T TAKE THE JOURNEY THROUGH RETIREMENT SAVINGS ALONE We live in a high-tech world where information about all topics under the sun is available at our fingertips. We are moving toward self-service and automatic access to everything. You can look at your checking...

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CELEBRATING THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF FIXED INDEXED ANNUITIES

CELEBRATING THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF FIXED INDEXED ANNUITIES Move aside, Valentine’s Day… there’s another reason to celebrate! This week, we’re commemorating the 22ndanniversary of Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs). While we can’t guarantee flowers or heart-eyed emojis,...

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FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN

FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN Finding your soulmate and saving for retirement actually have a lot in common. Both can be intimidating, require careful planning and lead to some nerve-wracking decisions. However, making informed steps in both scenarios...

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10 Common Spending Regrets

10 Common Spending Regrets Wasted money on a purchase? Here's a look at items people buy and wish they didn't Time-shares 1) The time-share industry, known for its seductive marketing practices, plays on people's fantasies of owning property in popular vacation areas...

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Why Retirees Should Consider Indexed Annuities

Why Retirees Should Consider Indexed Annuities Given their inverse relationship, when bond interest rates begin to climb, bond prices decrease in market value—as they have been for the last year especially. When approaching retirement, what strategies are retirees...

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20 Things You Can Learn From Your Parents’ Retirement

20 Things You Can Learn From Your Parents’ Retirement Millennials are saving more than ever for retirement, at an average 7.5 percent of income. Still, this number, which was released as part of a recent report on retirement readiness from investment firm Fidelity, is...

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New Study: America’s Retirement IQ is Low

New Study: America's Retirement IQ is Low Boomers Lack Knowledge & Are Undersaved for Retirement A startling number of baby boomers don’t know how much money they need to live comfortably during retirement, and without a target in mind, have ended up saving very...

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BRINGING BALANCE TO YOUR RETIREMENT PORTFOLIO

BRINGING BALANCE TO YOUR RETIREMENT PORTFOLIO In our hectic lives, balance is something many of us strive to achieve. From work-life balance to finding balance in your yoga class, we’re all looking for a little more of it. In terms of planning for the future, have you...

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RETIREMENT SAVINGS RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

RETIREMENT SAVINGS RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR   While getting your health into shape tops many Americans’ New Year’s resolution list, getting your finances in shape should be another goal you make in the New Year.  Why is this so important? A recent study  showed...

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11 Money Lies to Stop Telling Yourself

11 Money Lies to Stop Telling Yourself   Nope, credit cards aren't evil. Sometimes it’s easier to believe a fantasy than it is to face reality — and when it comes to money, many people hold false beliefs. When you’re young, the future seems far away, and you might...

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6 Social Security Changes Coming in 2017

Social Security beneficiaries will receive a slight increase in their Social Security checks in 2017. There have also been several recent tweaks to the program that change how married couples can collect benefits. Here’s a look at the new Social Security rules for...

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Give Your Kids the Gift of Giving

The run up to the holidays at the end of the month is an especially great time to teach young children some money and life lessons. Have The Kids Clean Their Closets, Rooms, and Playrooms. The goal is to create a single pile of all the toys, books and clothes that are...

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