Annuities – what they are, how they work and how to choose the best type of Annuity
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Inherited annuities usually offer beneficiaries few options. They can cash out the annuities (and pay all the income taxes) or stay with the same annuities they inherited. A new IRS ruling, however, opens more possibilities. The beneficiary inherited a series of fixed and variable annuities. She wanted other annuities that better fit her needs and […]
Most of those approaching retirement or in its early years share several goals. They want to avoid the volatility and periodic steep losses of the stock indexes. They want higher yields than can be earned in the safest investments, but they don’t want their principal to decline if interest rates rise. Down the road they’d […]
Economists and many financial advisers believe that most people should annuitize a portion of their nest eggs. That is, once they enter retirement they should buy an immediate annuity paying a fixed amount annually no matter how long they live. (Or you can buy an inflation-indexed annuity so the annual payment increases with inflation, but […]
It’s time to reconsider how your cash and “safe funds” are invested. Those of you with significant sum in safe investments or cash have at least one new option that pays more than a competitive yield. In addition, to earning a decent, safe return, the vehicle delivers up to three times your money for any […]
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In select cases, annuity owners can take tax-free distributions. Not many people know this, but it can provide a real benefit to people who need long-term care. Typically when distributions are taken from a deferred annuity, the income and gains are included in gross income and taxed as ordinary income. There’s an exception for distributions […]
They used to be called equity indexed annuities, as this article still calls them, before the sales people decided to change the generic name. I’ve written about these before in Retirement Watch, and this article is a good read. It might be a bit too negative. These annuities can be good for someone who would […]
Many people are looking for steady, guaranteed income in their retirement years. There are several different vehicles providing guaranteed income. There are many differences between them. Don’t make the mistake most people make. Don’t consider only one vehicle because that’s what your advisor offers. If you’re interested in guaranteed income, consider the several options out […]
Many people are seeking safe investments and only safe investments. That’s understandable given the events since 2000 and how unprepared many people were for them. The interest in safe money certainly is helping annuity salespeople. Here’s an alternative view. Keep in mind that I regularly advise people use annuities in their retirement portfolios. But I […]