Did you know that the “concept of annuities dates to ancient Rome, but the first record of annuities in America comes from the Colonial period. In 1759, a company formed to provide a secure retirement for aging Presbyterian ministers and their families. In 1812, the Pennsylvania Company for Insurance on Lives and Granting Annuities received a charter to sell annuities to the public.” I found this week’s article interesting and thought to share this historical information with you because often times we don’t appreciate the longevity of a product that helps enhance our financial wherewithal as our own longevity increases.
This week’s article caught my eye when it said “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.” A survey reported in the article stated that about a fifth of retirement plan participants surveyed “who received their pensions as a lump sum depleted that money in just 5 ½ years”. The reason is apparently what they call the “lottery affect”, where retirees “get more money than they’ve ever seen in their life and say “Wow! I can do something I never could when I was working!”.
I read a good Consumer Reports article the other day that discussed when there isn’t enough saved to meet a retirees expectations in retirement. The article states “Fortunately, there are a number of options for generating extra income without asking undue risks,” and referenced that “to generate guaranteed income in retirement, annuities are a slam dunk.” It is often that opportunity for income without undue risk that retirees are searching for. If you would like to learn more about this option, give us a call. We are always here to help. Click Here to Read Full Article
The Harvard Business Review published an interesting article explaining how when interest rates and stock prices both plummeted, “the value of pension liabilities rose while the value of the assets held to meet them fell.” You don’t need to be a participant in a group plan to experience similar problems, as the same result can occur in individual retirement accounts. This is often a reason why we talk about finding options where the principal is protected, and the product purchased can generate an income that cannot be outlived. Call us if these kinds of options are of interest to you.