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

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How to Cover Long Term Care Costs with Annuities

July 1, 2013

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 […]

Evaluating Indexed Annuities

May 23, 2013

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 […]

Some Guaranteed Income Insurance and Annuity Strategies

May 22, 2013

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 […]

Safe Investments and Annuities — Another View

May 8, 2013

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 […]


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Handling Changes in Variable Annuities

May 1, 2013

Tax planning is less of a guessing game these days with the tax law settled, at least until Congress decides to push some kind of tax reform. In the wake of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, we need to revise and rethink some strategies about Roth IRAs, especially about converting traditional IRAs to […]

Does Warren Buffett Like Variable Annuities?

February 13, 2013

Berkshire-Hathaway, Buffett’s investment vehicle, recently entered into a deal with the insurer Cigna to reinsure some variable annuity guarantees of Cigna. No doubt this will be viewed as Buffett entering the annuity, especially the variable annuity, market and be used as a sales tool for variable annuities. Don’t fall for that line. There are a […]

Evaluating Inflation-Adjusted Annuities

February 1, 2013

A lifetime stream of guaranteed income is a goal for many people. Even better is to have that income stream increase with inflation. You can have a lifetime stream of guaranteed income that increases with inflation. You must study the options, plan, and shop carefully. An immediate annuity is the prime way to receive guaranteed […]

Comparing Bonds to Annuities

January 1, 2013

Can you build a bond portfolio that does a better job providing secure retirement income than an immediate annuity? Economists and many financial advisors believe some portion of a retiree’s portfolio should be placed in immediate annuities. These are the annuities that pay a regular income for life or the joint life of the owner […]


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