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

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Best Paying Annuities Today – Part 2

September 1, 2014

This month we continue our survey of the best-paying annuities available today, which we began last month. Let’s start with Table 1 on the next page. This is a collection of the best annuities for certain situations or goals. If you’re looking at indexed annuities and want to maximize growth, consider Fidelity & Guaranteed’s LegendMark. […]

A Case for Annuities in Retirement

August 14, 2014

Journalist Evan Simonoff recently attended a conference on global retirement issues and wrote a summary of the discussions. The aging population creates an increased need for a reliable income stream. Much of the conference focused on how individuals can create that income stream and, in particular, annuities versus investing lump sums. It’s a good, balanced […]

Best Paying Annuities Today

August 1, 2014

Annuities are a frequent topic in our monthly visits. One question I’m asked regularly is: Which annuity pays the most today? To answer that question, I turned to my annuity expert, Todd Phillips of Phillips Financial Services. Todd scoured the annuity market and prepared the tables that follow. You won’t find this information elsewhere, because […]

IRS Approves Longevity Annuities in 401(k)s, IRAs

July 2, 2014

Longevity annuities, also known as deferred income annuities, are fairly new. In them, you pay a lump sum to an insurer, usually when you are in your 50s or 60s. The insurer promises that at age 80 or 85 it will begin paying you a predetermined amount every year for the rest of your life, […]


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Income Investing When Rates Rise

July 1, 2014

Cash is trash, but many investors are afraid of bonds. You have alternatives. Other vehicles offer higher yields than cash (and many bonds) and provide diversification and safety of principal. Even better, they won’t lose value when interest rates rise. Cash is trash these days because yields are too low. You lose purchasing power after […]

Kind Words About Variable Annuities

April 22, 2014

I’ve been among those critical of variable annuities over the years. Many of them have high fees and expenses, plus they convert tax-favored capital gains and dividends into ordinary income. But there’s something different about many variable annuities sold in recent years. After the stock market crash following 1999, insurers have to sell something more […]

Finding Safe, Guaranteed Income

April 1, 2014

Money is pouring into index annuities at a rapid rate. They’re the annuities with the highest sales for most recent years. It’s not surprising. An index annuity is a good place for some investment dollars. You have the potential to earn a higher return than traditional safe investments but are guaranteed both a minimum return […]

More on the Annuity Puzzle

March 3, 2014

Economists think everyone should convert most of their retirement nest eggs into annuities and receive a stream of income that’s guaranteed for life. Very few people actually do that. They want to keep control and have the hope of achieving a higher return, even when they don’t invest aggressively or have a good investment track […]

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