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Don’t be Caught Off-Guard

We are always reading articles reminding us that social security is often not enough to support our needs in retirement. No one should be financially caught off-guard when they retire, which is why it may be of interest to you to think about a Fixed Index Annuity as an option. An FIA can offer a steady, guaranteed (backed by the claims-paying ability of the carrier) lifetime income stream, while protecting your principal from the uncertainty of market volatility. It might be a broader way for you to save for your retirement. Call us, we’re happy to explain all the features

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The “What Ifs” Down the Road

We’ve received some inquiries this past month about a few topics. “What if” you end up having to go into a nursing home? “What if” you’re living in an independent living facility and need to move over to assisted living? Are your financial products going to pay you in a different manner, or will they even pay you more? These are all good questions, and we’re happy to review your situation with you, because sometimes the answer is yes! Take a look at the chart in this article to understand the different living situations that might come into play as

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What to Consider

This recent article (click here to read) is about what key features to consider when choosing a fixed index annuity during a time of market unease. It helps us to understand details like how FIAs can help act as a source of guaranteed income, even when the markets are declining.  Reading the article provides tips on some important questions to ask, and what to consider when deciding whether or not an annuity is right for you. Call us if you’d like to discuss this further. We’re always here to help.

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When is Enough Enough?

Even if you’re able to add up what you spend today, trying to determine what you will need when you retire is difficult because your spending is sure to change. While perhaps you won’t have a mortgage payment anymore, you may be asked to contribute to your grandchildren’s education, or perhaps you will want to add in a travel budget.  So then, how do you determine when you have enough? Many suggest that a good rule of thumb is to save around 25 times the amount you’ll spend in a year. That sounds like a hurdle you can’t meet, but

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The Need Gap

“According to the 2022 Insurance Barometer Study, conducted by LIMRA and Life Happens, 106 million adults lack life insurance, or adequate coverage. The need gap, what people have versus what they said they need, is at an all-time high and more than double what it was 12 years ago. The percent of households that say they would be financially secure if the primary wage earner suddenly passed away is 68 percent among life insurance owners, versus 47 percent among those who do not own life insurance.” Call us if you are part of a need gap. We’re here to help.

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Insurance

As we’ve seen from the news over this past week, many were caught up in the hurricane, and many did not have insurance that suited their needs. This is the case for many people because a natural tendency when purchasing something that pays money for a future event is to weigh the cost against the perceived risk of the event occurring. It may be time to assess if your life policy suits your needs. Whether you are using the policy to save funds for your beneficiaries, or as a product against which you can access funds should the need arise,

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The Four Percent Rule

Someone asked us this past week if we would explain what the “Four Percent” rule is and how it came about. The Four Percent rule is based on a study by a financial advisor named William Bengen. His study suggested that one could safely withdraw 4% of their starting portfolio value for 30 years without running out of money. The rule was later popularized by a 1998 study based on the same data and a similar analysis. Both studies conclude what “the maximum ‘safe’ historical withdrawal rate” is. Call us if you have any questions about how to apply this

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Retirement

What Assumptions Apply to You?

There was an interesting article the other day in the Wall Street Journal. The article discussed a recent survey of workers in their 60’s who were asked about their retirement preferences. The author found that the assumptions that are usually embedded in retirement income calculators–for example, good health, not wanting to make a bequest, and claiming social security as soon as you retire–fit only 4% of people. This is important to think about because it highlights that it’s going to be up to you as an individual to factor in your own preferences and needs as you think about the

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Happiness

What Can Money Buy You?

“Money can’t buy happiness” is an adage that some people live by, and others ignore. According to a recent Purdue study: “income can correlate with emotional well-being and life satisfaction.” But, as a recent GoBankingRates article tells us, the price of happiness differs (apparently) depending on the State you live in. We may have some ideas on how to continue to have an income you can’t outlive post-retirement, which might just contribute to your happiness. Reach out to us. We’re always here to help. Read the GoBankingRates article.

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How You Make Money With an Annuity

A fixed indexed annuity is a type of annuity contract between you and an insurance company. It generally promises to provide returns that are based on a link to the performance of a market index. You usually make one initial lump sum payment to the insurance company. That payment is then allocated to one or more indexed investment options that you select. The insurance company then credits your account with a return that is based on those indexed investment options’ returns.  If the indexed investment option declines due to market losses, you are never credited with the losses, which means

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