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Annuities – what they are, how they work and how to choose the best type of Annuity

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Analyzing the New Annuities

June 1, 2005

Few investors right now are buying the old-fashioned annuities. But as they shift from their accumulation years to their distribution years, many investors want some key features of annuities: tax deferral, guaranteed income, and income that cannot be outlived. Insurers are responding with an array of new features. Some are worth considering; others are the […]

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How to Grow Annuity Income

January 1, 2005

Old-style defined benefit pension plans are looking more attractive to many retirees and near-retirees. A defined benefit (DB) plan pays a fixed monthly amount for life, and many even increase the payment for inflation each year. When the stock market is volatile and uncertain, and bond yields are low, a DB plan can look good. […]

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Equity Annuities: The Short Course

December 1, 2004

Are you still trying to figure out equity-indexed annuities? I’ve reviewed these popular products several times, including in September’s visit. An easy way to learn the details of these annuities is to read the free booklet, The Future of Retirement Savings. It is available from WealthMasters, Inc., (3200 N. Dobson Rd., Bldg. C, Chandler, AZ […]

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New Looks in Annuities

October 1, 2004

Recent changes are making annuities hot again. At least that’s what the annuity sellers want you to believe. Some of the new annuity features are attractive. But others are just sales gimmicks. The biggest changes are in fixed annuities. The bear market in stocks initially drew investors to safer investments, such as fixed annuities. But […]

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Equity Indexed Annuities

September 1, 2004

Equity indexed annuities are back. Sharp stock market moves seem to stir sales of these annuities. A strong stock market draws conservative investors to them, seeking higher returns than their fixed income investments. A bear market causes other investors to look for a safer way to invest in stocks. Unfortunately, few investors really know what […]

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Overdue Annuity Abuse Crackdowns

July 1, 2004

Regulators finally are focusing their efforts on some negative aspects of the variable annuity market that we’ve been discussing for years. Recently, several actions were taken by the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The NASD, which regulates its broker members, in April proposed new rules governing variable annuity marketing. […]

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New Tax Break for Annuities

April 1, 2004

The IRS in a recent ruling handed a break to annuity owners who are under age 59 1/2 and need cash. The ruling allows these annuity owners to restructure payments they receive from the annuities. Until the ruling, annuity owners had only one opportunity to determine the payment stream to take before age 59 1/2. […]

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Should You Take an Annuity or a Lump Sum?

January 1, 2004

Almost every retiree has a choice of how to receive benefits: as either a lump sum or a stream of annuity payments. The choice is critical, yet it doesn’t receive the critical analysis it should. About half of employers give these options on 401(k) and other retirement plans. You face a similar choice with an […]

March 2021:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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