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

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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 […]


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. […]


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. […]


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 […]


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How to Find the Right Annuity for You

December 1, 2003

Annuity companies had their own scandals long before the mutual fund sleaze grabbed the headlines. Yet even now, annuities aren’t in the clear. There are reports that variable annuity issuers also allowed select investors to make guaranteed-profit trades just as some mutual funds did. Annuities can be valuable financial tools for the right investors. To […]

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Estate Planning: Charitable Annuity vs. Charitable Trust

November 1, 2003

Charitable Remainder Trusts get a lot of attention from estate planners. Yet, they might not be the best option for many estate owners. There is the less-known charitable gift annuity to consider. Each strategy shelters appreciated assets from capital gains taxes, reduces current income taxes, provides income for life or for a period of years, […]


What’s Left For Variable Annuities?

August 1, 2003

Some of the strongest opponents of the 2003 tax cuts were insurance companies. It’s no wonder. The new law significantly tarnishes the appeal of variable annuities and cash value life insurance. Market forces, meanwhile, are making fixed annuities less appealing to some investors. A Variable Annuity allows the owner to select how the account is […]


Beware Of Troubled Insurers

January 1, 2003

Insurers are under stress. Their stock portfolios lost a bundle in the bear market, and yields on their bond portfolios are way down. Many set low premiums in the 1990s to increase market share, or they promised benefits they cannot deliver today. The result is a number of safety rating downgrades for annuity and life […]

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