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

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Is Longevity Insurance a Solid Safety Net?

December 1, 2007

Longevity insurance is the latest tool designed to relieve Baby Boomers’ anxiety about outliving their income. This innovation now is offered by Hartford Financial Services and MetLife, and other insurers are developing their own versions. You know the problem. A 65-year-old today has about a 50% probability of living past 85, and a 34% chance […]


Handling Unwanted Annuities

October 1, 2007

A number of people bought annuities years ago that no longer suit their needs. Sometimes there has been a major life change relating to marriage, death, or inheritance. Other times a person’s financial needs have changed. They want money now instead of waiting for annuity payouts. Some simply are dissatisfied with the returns of the […]


How to Get Paid for Giving

July 1, 2007

A way to combine two tax benefits and receive a stream of income for life is the charitable gift annuity. Once an obscure vehicle, gift annuities are becoming more popular as the Baby Boomers age and charities become more sophisticated. The charitable gift annuity is a simple concept. An individual transfers wealth to a charity. […]


Are the New Life Insurance Annuities Worth the Cost?

June 1, 2007

Insurers want you to buy more annuities. They expect that as the Baby Boomers age they will need dependable sources of lifetime income, and annuities will provide a large portion of that income. The sticking point is that many people do not want to buy annuities, because the annuity payments last only for life. If […]


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How to Ensure Inflation Protected Lifetime Income

May 1, 2007

As the Baby Boomers age, financial services firms are interested in meeting their needs. One need is for guaranteed lifetime income that replaces old-style defined benefit plans. Another need is for that income to retain its purchasing power over the years. Some investment advisors used to say that owning stocks for the long term met […]


How Annuities Can Extend a Portfolio

March 1, 2007

Annuities received a bad name over the last few decades, with some help from this newsletter. But there are different types of annuities, and they are not all bad investments. For example, the greatest fear of most retirees is outliving their portfolios. The right kind of annuity can reduce the probability of running out of […]


How to Build Your Own Equity-Indexed Annuity

January 1, 2007

Equity-indexed annuities and other “structured products” have been hot sellers the last few years. Unfortunately, few people who buy or sell them really understand these investments. The investors are surprised that the returns are not as high as expected. The basic pitch of structured investments is a guaranteed return of at least the initial investment […]


How Not to Run Out of Income in Retirement

March 1, 2006

Running out of income is the biggest fear of most retirees. Annuities often are the best way to avoiding running out of income. Yet, few people take advantage of this opportunity, and many who do buy annuities make the wrong decisions. That is because annuities are complicated, and commissions can give sales people the wrong […]

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