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

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Why Annuity Investments Are on the Rise (With Help from the Federal Reserve)

January 11, 2019

People are buying annuities again, and for good reasons. Not long ago, there was a steady decline in the amount of money flowing into annuities and there seemed to be no bottom. Annuity purchases, however, have rebounded — and indications are that the demand for annuities is likely to keep rising. In the second quarter […]

Should Annuities Be Part of my Retirement Income Strategy (And How Much)?

November 13, 2018

More and more retirees are asking about annuities. Funny thing is… For many of you, part of your retirement income is already delivered as an annuity payment. Social Security is technically an annuity, providing guaranteed income for life. It also has the bonus of being indexed for inflation. Most economists recommend people purchase immediate annuities […]

Payouts Increase for Charitable Gift Annuities

October 16, 2018

The payouts from new charitable gift annuities increased as of July 1, 2018. In a charitable gift annuity, you transfer money to a charity. In return, it promises to pay you an annuity. The payout might be for your life, the joint life of you and your spouse or a term of years, whichever you […]

When to Replace Bonds with Annuities

July 31, 2018

One of the questions I receive most frequently from Retirement Watch subscribers is how to make estate planning gifts. Let’s take a look at the issues that recur among many readers. Gifts to family members are one of the staples of estate planning. But the tax law has changed, and that’s altered the role of […]

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Another Reason to be Wary of Variable Annuities

January 20, 2017

Investors have received many warnings about variable annuities over the years, including in Retirement Watch. There’s another recent example of why to approach these contracts with caution. The Hartford is exercising its right to change the investment offerings in its variable annuities. Instead of offering 60 funds, holders will have to choose from 11 funds. […]

An Argument Against Annuities

October 31, 2016

There are two broad categories of annuities. There are the simple annuities. These are immediate annuities, longevity annuities, and fixed deferred annuities. These classic, old-fashioned annuities are straightforward, easy to understand, and pay low commissions to agents and brokers. These usually are the ones I recommend in certain situations, especially to generate guaranteed income for […]

Avoiding the Major Rollover Mistakes

June 16, 2016

Retirement plan rollovers are in the news. Specifically, rollovers of 401(k)s and other qualified retirement plan accounts to individual retirement accounts (IRAs) have been making headlines. Last month we addressed the new fiduciary standard the Department of Labor imposed on those who work with IRAs. The rules were generated because the government disapproves of the […]

Annuity Links

April 29, 2016

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