• You definitely want to avoid these at all costs. Millions of seniors today regard Social Security as a critical source of income. But if you're not careful, you could wind up losing out on some of that money and struggling during retirement as a result. Here are a few ways your benefits might shrink. 1. Not knowing your full retirement age Your Social Security benefits are calculated by [...]

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    Everyone’s idea of the “perfect retirement” is different. Some of us plan to travel the world, while others hope to move to a new location, perhaps with a warmer climate. Still others might wish to live frugally so they have a sizable nest egg they can pass on to future generations. No matter your goal, stability is an important part of most retirement lifestyles. In fact, IALC [...]

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    Changing Seasons in Retirement

    November 21, 2019

    The holidays are just around the corner, meaning it’s almost time to prepare for parties, travel, gift-giving and more. But what’s good for the spirit can be hard on the wallet. Without a proper plan in place, it can be easy to lose track of how much you’ve spent, which might affect your financial goals. The point of any financial plan is not to restrict yourself unnecessarily, but to [...]

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    Ensure you have the financial security to be in control of your retirement. Before determining if an FIA is right for your portfolio, make sure you understand the specific product features and if the benefits ladder into your goals. If you… have a retirement plan in place, but want to add balance to the mix need your earnings to [...]

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    One of the biggest challenges in retirement is building a reliable stream of monthly income to support you for what could be a very long time. While retirees have long relied on bonds for this purpose, a retirement income expert recently told MONEY that there’s a better solution: income annuities. In a recent Facebook chat with members of the Retire With Money group, Wade D. Pfau [...]

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    Washington, D.C. – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the 2020 Best Places to Retire in the United States. The rankings offer a comprehensive evaluation of the country's 125 largest metropolitan areas – up from 100 last year – based on how well they meet Americans' expectations for retirement, with measures including [...]

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    As National Financial Planning Month, October serves as a good opportunity for an annual check-up on your financial health to ensure you’re on track to meet your goals. Whether those goals are specific to retirement or not, regular checks can help prevent any unnecessary surprises. Moreover, if you haven’t set any goals, now is the time to make them. Remember, it’s never too late to start [...]

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    How to find coverage that meets your needs and budget Life insurance can form a vital part of your family’s financial stability and well-being but, if you’re like most people, you may find the thought of shopping for the right type of coverage a little daunting. Fortunately, these eight simple steps can guide you along the way. 1. Determine whether you actually need life insurance Most [...]

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    Retirement Calculators

    October 11, 2019

    Are you on track for retirement? These customizable calculators will allow you to run different scenarios and discover how small adjustments could make a big difference for your retirement future. Am I saving enough to retire? Will your current savings strategy lead to the accumulation you want? Utilize this calculator to determine when and if your funds will run out during [...]

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    Its No Myth, Lack of Diversity Puts Retirement At Risk. What Other Myths Need To Be Busted? There is a retirement crisis in America. 1 in 4 baby boomers have less than $5,000 saved for retirement, a staggering amount since average healthcare costs alone will cost you upwards of $275,000. In addition to limited savings, a lack of portfolio diversity a risk. 91% of Americans are forgetting to [...]

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    Planning a Generational Impact

    September 27, 2019

    Earlier this month, the United States celebrated Grandparent’s Day, which serves as a reminder to appreciate the hard work and dedication of generations before us (regardless of our current age). However, as Intergenerational Month, September also marks a time to reflect further down the family tree and think about our impact on those who come after us. Preparing for retirement can be a highly [...]

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    As both Self-Improvement Month and Self-Care Awareness Month, September serves as a strong reminder to take time out of our busy calendars and turn the spotlight on ourselves. Representing two sides of the same coin, self-improvement asks the question “how can I push myself to meet my goals?”, while self-care asks, “how can I be kinder to myself in the process?” Often, when pondering the [...]

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    Corporate America really started to take notice of pensions in the wake of the dot-com crash, in 2000. Interest rates and stock prices both plummeted, which meant that the value of pension liabilities rose while the value of the assets held to meet them fell. A number of major firms in weak industries, notably steel and airlines, went bankrupt in large measure because of their inability to meet [...]

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    Since 1971, the United States has celebrated Women’s Equality Day on August 26. Although the occasion originally commemorated the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, today it recognizes and encourages people and organizations to promote the full equality for women in society. We recognize equality spreads the gamut, going beyond voting rights and equal [...]

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    Entering retirement can be a particularly jarring experience for seniors, and not only because they’re leaving behind the familiar world of work. For the change also requires a shift in one’s financial orientation — from savings accumulation to decumulation. Above all, the transition brings into focus one overriding goal: how best to “pensionize” a nest egg so that your money [...]

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    Nearly three in four affluent respondents to an Allianz Life survey said they'd be willing to give up some gains for protection. Second-quarter market volatility is making Americans increasingly worried about their finances and retirement savings, with only 31% in a new survey saying they were comfortable with market conditions and ready to invest, down two percentage points from the previous [...]

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    August is an exciting time of year. As the start of a new semester approaches, families across the country begin to pull themselves out of vacation mode and think more critically about the future. A spirit of learning is in the air, which makes things just a little brighter in anticipation. Of course, if your household doesn’t include school-age children, you can still take August as a time to [...]

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    Tax-free health savings accounts, Roth IRAs, insurance and annuities can help cover retirees' future health-care costs Here's a counterintuitive thought: Healthy clients are likely to have higher medical costs in retirement than their less-healthy counterparts. Why? Because they are likely to live longer than average, and health-care costs tend to increase at the end of life. A newly released [...]

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    America’s senior citizens have their backs to the wall financially a new study confirms. Professor John Pottow, a law professor at the University of Michigan, reports that the rate of United States (U.S.) seniors entering into bankruptcy is on the rise. Pottow’s study reveals that the U.S. recession has taken its toll on seniors. The number of seniors in bankruptcy already surpasses the [...]

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    Financial stress is the number one source of stress for employees, according to a Price Waterhouse Coopers 2019 survey. Financial matters outrank any other source of stress combined, including health and relationships. Retirement can be a key driver in that stress with nine out of 10 people reporting they don’t feel very confident in their overall retirement savings situation. That’s [...]

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    You need to know how they work, because many financial planners recommend them to their clients for retirement planning purposes. In fact, one study shows that almost 90 % of planners recommend them. Does that mean you need them? Well, you can decide if you do, and if you do – how old you should be when you buy one. Because the stock market has become a part of our daily conversation – the [...]

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    Retirement is a stage in life that should be looked forward to and celebrated. But to get there, you have to plan accordingly. Like learning a new skill, planning for retirement is a long-term process that includes countless course corrections and practice along the way. It helps to not only have a clear goal in mind, but also to perform routine check-ups to make sure you’re on the right track.[...]

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    Take it from a professor who has spent the last 10 years focusing on the distribution phase of retirement, here are some lessons to live by. As a professor at The American College of Financial Services and the co-creator of the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®) program, I’m often making lists of what I think everyone needs to know about planning for retirement. And, on a [...]

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    Fixed vs. variable annuities In a fixed annuity, the insurance company guarantees the principal and a minimum rate of interest. In other words, as long as the insurance company is financially sound, the money you have in a fixed annuity will grow and will not drop in value. The growth of the annuity’s value and/or the benefits paid may be fixed at a dollar amount or by an interest rate, or [...]

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    For nearly a decade, the month of June has served as Annuity Awareness Month, a time to help financial professionals and pre-retirees appreciate the value of a diversified retirement portfolio. During this month, organizations like IALC encourage those planning for retirement to investigate options such as fixed index annuities (FIAs), to examine how these products could fit into their unique [...]

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    Bill Benson and his wife had planned to fortify their retirement savings once their children left home, so they’d have enough to travel and relax. But at 68, Benson is still working full-time, and that empty nest he envisioned isn’t so empty. Benson’s eldest daughter moved home with her two young sons after a divorce, and the two children he and his wife adopted later in life are just now [...]

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    This year has been an exciting time for retirement policy: Just over the horizon sit several potential updates to the laws governing how Americans plan for life after work. In May, the House of Representatives passed the most significant piece of retirement legislation in more than a decade, and currently, a handful of agencies are considering changes to the policies guiding certain retirement [...]

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    DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The simulations have been run and the numbers have been crunched: annuities help improve retirement outcomes compared to investments alone. “Workers show strong interest in guaranteed income1, but one-third of individuals report lower interest in the same guaranteed lifetime income product when it is labeled as an annuity2” The research looked at how [...]

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    LONDON — In this city known for grumps and complainers, the happiest people are those with a pension and those too young to understand how a pension works, according to Britain’s first-ever national happiness survey, out last week. Results further show that people living in rural areas and those who own their own house are happier than those living in the city and renting. The inaugural [...]

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    While annuities have long been a viable retirement option, those new to retirement planning may discover a bit of misinformation about them. If you’re considering annuity-based products—such as fixed index annuities—as a way to boost the diversity of your retirement portfolio, it’s important to separate misconceptions from reality. Here, we’re busting 10 myths about fixed index [...]

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    Droves of retiring baby boomers are driving change in late-life transportation and travel. Health care and technology innovations are helping retirees enjoy active lifestyles. Today, boomers are the longest living generation in history and remain at the forefront of the economy.1With control of 70 percent of the nation's disposable income, and average annual spending that tops 3.2 trillion [...]

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    10,000 simulations highlight impact of guaranteed income for retirees “If the hard numbers and math don’t convince you, then take it right from the source. Retirees who had purchased an annuity are more confident than those without one” The research looked at how retirees can use guaranteed income annuities to not only improve financial outcomes, but also increase confidence and reduce[...]

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    April is Financial Literacy Month and a reminder to examine your personal finance habits. A key element of financial literacy is how well-prepared you are for retirement. Unfortunately, few Americans are looking forward their post-working years. Our 2017 survey found nearly 90 percent of us are not very confident in our overall retirement savings. Beyond that, 56 percent admit they are unsure [...]

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    You need to know how they work, because many financial planners recommend them to their clients for retirement planning purposes. In fact, one study shows that almost 90 % of planners recommend them. Does that mean you need them? Well, you can decide if you do, and if you do – how old you should be when you buy one. Because the stock market has become a part of our daily conversation – the [...]

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    Tax Day is just around the corner, and now is a good time to review your financial habits and goals, particularly as they relate to retirement planning. This reflection is also timely because retirement preparation can have significant tax implications—ranging from whether you can deduct your account contributions to which tax rates apply when you start making withdrawals. As long as you feel [...]

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    Get tips on what to do if you're 10, 5 or 1 year out from retirement. What is your current retirement outlook? If you’re 10 years or less from retirement, does getting everything in order seem like too much to process? Do you know where to even start? According to a 2018 survey by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC), 79 percent of workers surveyed admitted to expressing worry about[...]

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    While a women-led revolution plays out in the American workplace, the retirement landscape is still evolving. In the second half of the 20th Century, women’s participation in the workforce rose from 29.6 percent to 46.5 percent.1Among those age 25 to 34, during that time, participation doubled.2Today, women continue to make up nearly half (46.8 percent) of the workforce in the United [...]

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    March celebrates National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), a time to help people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money and saving for their retirement. No matter your age, some of the most important financial decisions relate to retirement. With U.S. adults living longer—and thus spending more time in their post-working years—56 percent of Americans [...]

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    Women’s History Month is a time to look back at the vital role women have played throughout history. In every industry, women are natural leaders and change makers – from Congress to financial services. In addition to driving change around women’s rights, many women in leadership are addressing income disparity and improving retirement security for women. When it comes to retirement, [...]

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    Last year, our study on the state of America’s workforce showed that over one-third of workers from small businesses say that their employer is “not helpful at all” in terms of retirement planning and that one in eight workers are not offered any type of retirement plan from their employer. This leads to retiring later and a “do it yourself” retirement for many workers. But these [...]

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    Both annuities and life insurance should be considered in your long-term financial plan. While both include death benefits, you buy life insurance in the event you die too soon and an annuity in case you live too long. In other words, life insurance provides economic protection to your loved ones if you die before your financial obligations to them are met, while annuities guard against outliving [...]

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    “Your article on annuities [Does An Annuity Belong In Your Retirement Plan?] did not demonstrate that an annuity always improves a retirement plan.” True, Warren Buffet’s retirement plan would not be improved by an annuity because he will not face the mortality and investment risks of a retiree with limited resources. Retirees with limited resources face the risk that if they live too long,[...]

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    A crystal ball into the stock market’s performance – wouldn’t that be useful! While predicting market performance to-a-t is not possible, you can help protect your savings by preparing for market uncertainty. Market Uncertainty Heightens This past December marked the worst decline for stocks since the financial crisis in 2008. This decline brought an uneasiness for pre-retirees. While [...]

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    Tax season has officially started and if you’re an early bird looking ahead to April, you might have already started filing your 2018 taxes. Regardless where you are in the process, here are a few tips to keep in mind for tax season this year. Taxes in retirement are not exactly the same as when you’re working, but you will find some similarities. In retirement you are taxed on income the [...]

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    The last two decades mark a distinct time of change, even in the retirement landscape. As we continue to start 2019 off on the right foot, it is important to keep in mind current retirement trends that could affect our overall well-being during our golden years. So without further ado, here are three key retirement trends we want Americans to know about. Increase in Proposed Retirement [...]

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    In case you didn't know, there is such a thing as a lifetime income club. Of course, it goes by another name: annuities. To an economist, an annuity is the most sensible way to provide safe income in retirement. In fact, economists spend more time researching why more Americans don’t buy annuities than they do estimating whether annuities are a sensible investment. Why are annuities [...]

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    Annuities are getting more and more popular among seniors, and for good reason. Annuities are not right for everyone but are a real blessing for many seniors. Annuities are a popular choice for investors who want to receive a steady stream of income in retirement. The income you receive from an annuity can be distributed monthly, quarterly, annually or even in a lump sum payment. A [...]

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    If you work while collecting Social Security benefits, you can get hit with hefty benefit reductions. Here are the earnings limits for this year. Can you work and collect Social Security at the same time? The short answer is yes, it's possible. However, if you haven't reached your full retirement age, the Social Security earnings test could cause the Social Security Administration (SSA) to [...]

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    Sarah O'Brien While some people might have been saving and planning for decades for retirement, others might not have given much thought to their life after full-time work. If you plan to continue working in some capacity, keep in mind the effect it could have on your Social Security benefits if you tap them before your government-determined full retirement age of about 66 or 67. Make [...]

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    Patrick J. Skerrett Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health For many people, retirement is a key reward for decades of daily work—a time to relax, explore, and have fun unburdened by the daily grind. For others, though, retirement is a frustrating period marked by declining health and increasing limitations. For years, researchers have been trying to figure out whether the act of [...]

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    Every New Year we think about our resolutions, which typically includes some promise to better ourselves. Pledging to go the gym more, eat healthier, be more active, spend additional time with friends and family, and decrease our social media intake, are a few that usually make the list. However, one resolution we should all emphasize as we ring in 2019 is finding ways to become financially savvy.[...]

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    By Emily Brandon, Staff Writer Workers with an older retirement age get smaller Social Security payments throughout retirement. WHILE YOU CAN START Social Security payments at age 62, your monthly checks are reduced if you begin collecting benefits at this age. To claim your full benefit you need to sign up for Social Security at your full retirement age, which varies by birth year. [...]

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    What’s on your loved one’s gift wish list? Are they asking for the latest technology? Fashionable apparel? A must-have toy? No matter the buzz-worthy item, what they may want consider is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Remember, it is just a matter of time before a new version of their favorite technology enters the market, a different clothing trend is seen everywhere, or a new toy makes the [...]

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    Fixed Indexed Annuities FAQ

    November 28, 2018

    Discover our most frequently asked questions about fixed indexed annuities (FIAs). Get the answers you need to help calculate your path to retirement. What is an annuity? In the most basic sense, an annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company that says you will pay for the annuity in either a single lump sum or multiple payments over time. In return, the insurance company [...]

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    Coming to you from the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) is a new recipe to add to your Thanksgiving menu. We all have our Thanksgiving favorites, from turkey to stuffing, to sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and more. But as you sit around your table reflecting on all you have to be thankful for, we encourage you to also think about your recipe for a happy retirement. Retirement brings [...]

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    YOU CAN PLAN FOR IT, dream about it and try to visualize it, but there's no way to tell for sure what retirement will be like for you until after you've actually pulled the trigger and left the job. As you contemplate this major life change, remember to prepare for these potential retirement surprises. The luxury of time. Initially, many retirees keep on doing what they've always [...]

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    Americans are living longer into retirement, but the financial solutions needed to support them have not kept pace with their needs. With a number of bipartisan proposals currently under consideration, the U.S. Congress has the opportunity to take significant steps toward solving these retirement challenges, including ensuring more Americans have access to tools that will guard them against [...]

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    Halloween might get less scary as we age, but there are a lot of frightening aspects of retirement in 2018. In fact, recent data on the state of America’s workforce shows just how underprepared for retirement many Americans are. While running out of money, drastic lifestyle changes, and the cost of healthcare are among Americans’ greatest retirement fears, here are some figures on where [...]

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    With just a few months left in the year, National Financial Planning Month is a great time to take charge of your retirement saving strategy. Some of the most important things you can do are to make sure you’re creating a diverse portfolio that will protect your principal from market swings and will provide for you for life. There are also common obstacles faced along the way, so make sure to [...]

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    October marks National Financial Planning Month, a time when Americans can look at how they are saving, their retirement goals, and how they can create a tailored approach that works for them. October is the perfect time of the year to plan, with summer winding down and the holidays fast approaching, you can look back on how you’ve done in 2018 and what you could do differently before the year [...]

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    Think about your retirement dreams and realities to set a savings goal for the future. By Rachel Hartman, Contributor IN THE PAST, saving $1 million for retirement was considered a benchmark to help you enter retirement comfortably. But times have changed, and that figure may no longer be accurate. “Boomers and the subsequent generations are dealing with a different puzzle than their [...]

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    Teachers are among the hardest working professionals and have the unique responsibility to prepare our younger generations for the future. And, as educators across the country are participating in another back-to-school season, it is a good time to highlight how these individuals are looking toward their retirement future. From teachers to curators and archivists, our data on the reality of [...]

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    Once you turn 65 you are eligible to enroll in the Medicare health insurance system. It is fantastic program that charges a relatively small premium for broad services. But it is a serious mistake to think that all you need to do is make it to 65 and you’re set. No. No. No. Medicare covers a lot, but not everything. Typically, you will need to pay for about 30 percent of your health care [...]

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    By Walter Updegrave People crave guaranteed income in retirement, but they cringe at the mention of the word “annuity.” That disconnect can make it tough to ensure a steady flow of dollars in later life. One answer: Go with an annuity, but keep it simple. The appeal of lifetime income is clear in a recent study: Six in 10 people ages 55 and older place a high value on having [...]

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    This week was a full celebration of America’s workforce! Labor Day kicked off the festivities on Monday, September 3, recognizing the social and economic accomplishments of American workers. At the same time, National Payroll Week(NPW), September 3 – 7, celebrated America’s employees and the payroll professionals who pay them. To top off the festivities, NPW’s Money Matters National [...]

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    Summer is here, and the future is brighter than ever. If you are busy planning, saving and budgeting for a summer vacation, use these tips to make the most out of your summer and get your retirement savings on track. 1. Spend less and save more. With this warmer weather, nothing sounds better than going out to dinner with your family or significant other after a long and stressful week at work. [...]

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    For Retirement Savers

    August 30, 2018

    As a retirement saver, we know the tax reform debate of 2017 reawakened the need for you to examine and evaluate your retirement savings plans and educate yourself on all available options for planning. Our educational videos on retirement planning and fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) is great place to start. Examining Your Retirement Preparedness Plans We suggest examining your retirement [...]

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    Indexed Annuity Leadership Council Every August 21 we honor our seniors and recognize their achievements to society. This tradition began in 1988 when former President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day. Prior to this declaration, many observed August 14 as National Senior Citizens Day when former President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act [...]

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    With pennies in your back pocket and dollars in the couch, money may seem like it’s virtually everywhere. But, do you know when this phenomenon first began? In 1786, 232 years ago today, Congress established the U.S. monetary system. However, the first U.S. dollar was not printed until 1862. When the dollar was born, many Americans found themselves trying to grapple with this new form of [...]

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    Ensure you have the financial security to be in control of your retirement. Before determining if an FIA is right for your portfolio, make sure you understand the specific product features and if the benefits ladder into your goals. If you… have a retirement plan in place, but want to add balance to the mix need your earnings to never fall below zero [...]

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    The Algarve region provides all that a continental lifestyle has to offer, from medieval towns and fishing villages to open-air markets and local wine. Retirees can choose to live or retire in any country in the world. A move to a new country can allow you to live better, reinvent your life and have a grand adventure. Here are ten global destinations to consider for retirement. 1. [...]

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    Retirement might not live up to your expectations. Most retirees are prepared for more free time and less stress, but some other aspects of retirement could be unexpected. Many retirees have significant financial worries and health concerns, and an excess of free time is only fun if you use it well. Here are 10 ways retirement might surprise you. It can be difficult to spend down [...]

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    The Fourth of July may be over, but your financial freedom never has to end, and with the right retirement vehicles in your financial portfolio, it doesn’t have to. In fact, there are many ways retirement can increase financial freedom and ensure security by providing a guaranteed lifetime income stream. For example, a fixed indexed annuity (FIA) is a savings option that works overtime to [...]

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    Annuities can serve many useful purposes. If you are in a saving-money stage of life, a deferred annuity can... Help you meet your retirement income goals. Employer-sponsored plans such as a 401(k), 403(b) or Keogh are an important part of planning for retirement. However, contributions to these plans and to IRAs are limited, and they might not add up to enough for the retirement income you[...]

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    You’re unlikely to reach retirement age without somebody asking you about annuities. They want to know whether you considered buying one, and if they work for an insurance agency, they’re likely to try to sell you on the benefits of a lifetime income that annuities can provide. So, what exactly are annuities? Annuities are an insurance policies that behave like investments. Annuities [...]

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    When you think about retirement, what are your goals? For most people, the answer is a nice balance between stability, favorite pastimes, and new adventures. Balance is also important in your financial life: between reward and risk, nest egg preservation, and growth. No one knows what the future holds. That’s why fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) should be considered by retirement savers looking [...]

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    Although most people know it’s never too early to start planning for retirement, many Americans aren’t truly prepared, and there are many supporting statistics from the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council’s (IALC) data: One in four baby boomers (think: your dad) have less than $5,000 saved for retirement More than 40 percent of America’s workforce reports they are worried about [...]

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    When the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note recently peaked a few basis points above 3% in May, for many market observers, a psychological barrier had been breached. That closely watched benchmark bond hadn’t exceeded 3% since July of 2011. “That’s a pretty significant level,” notes Frank O’Connor, VP of Research and Outreach for the Insured Retirement Institute, a trade [...]

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    Here are four challenges to jump on right now to make sure your retirement is a happy one. I know you’re ready. You’re so close to retirement, you can taste the cool beverages on the beach and feel the sand between your toes. Unfortunately, at the rate you’re going, dear Baby Boomer, your retirement might not be exactly as you dreamed it. Maybe it’s because you never could quite [...]

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    Many seniors are stuck with lives of never-ending work—a fate that could befall millions in the coming decades. CORONA, Calif.—Roberta Gordon never thought she’d still be alive at age 76. She definitely didn’t think she’d still be working. But every Saturday, she goes down to the local grocery store and hands out samples, earning $50 a day, because she needs the money. “I’m a [...]

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    This May we are celebrating Older Americans Month and the 2018 theme of Engage at Every Age teaches us that age is not a factor when it comes to taking part in activities to enrich one’s emotional, mental, and physical well-being. One activity that is key for promoting mental and physical wellness is saving and planning ahead for retirement. New data from our America’s Workforce [...]

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    After one year of retirement, here's what you need to do. Once you get through the first year of retirement, you probably think you can coast for the next 30 years. That's not necessarily true. This is not the time to get comfortable. Things are never that simple in retirement. As you head into year two, it's the perfect time to assess what you're doing right and what you may be doing wrong.[...]

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    Recently, an esteemed group of experts in business and finance, economists and education, convened in Washington, D.C. along with our Executive Director Jim Poolman and editors from The Atlantic for a roundtable dinner to talk about the reality of retirement readiness amid America’s workforce. Our recently released Retirement-Readiness Scores and accompanying data suggests [...]

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    This week the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) released The State of America’s Workforce: The Reality of Retirement Readiness study and corresponding white paper, which found retirement readiness is influenced by two key factors: the industry you are in and your company size. Based on findings from a national survey of more than 2,000 full-time working Americans, across white-, blue [...]

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    Heavy Reliance on Social Security for Income Stream, A Solution Provides Guaranteed Lifetime Income The story of saving for retirement today has two key factors: the industry you are in and your company size. Newly released retirement-readiness scores show workers in two blue- and gray-collar fields, Engineering and Protective Services, are better prepared for retirement compared to all workers [...]

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    April is National Financial Literacy Month and a perfect time to increase your financial literacy, while establishing and maintaining healthy money and finance habits. One way you can become financially savvy is by getting advice from financial professionals. According to survey results from the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council, when seeking information or advice about finances and money, 42 [...]

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    Now that the Powerball winner has come forward to claim her prize of $758 million (before taxes), you can’t turn on the television or radio without hearing the word “annuity.” The winner of the lottery had a very important choice to make: to take an after-tax lump sum or pay the taxes and receive income for life. This got me thinking about the number of people who don’t understand exactly [...]

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    Discover our most frequently asked questions about fixed indexed annuities (FIAs). Get the answers you need to help calculate your path to retirement. What is an annuity? In the most basic sense, an annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company that says you will pay for the annuity in either a single lump sum or multiple payments over time. In return, the insurance company [...]

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    Last month, athletes from around the globe came together to compete in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. While for some, these games were a debut, others retired from their sport following the competition. Each Olympian’s journey is unique from its infancy to its end, for every athlete approaches training, competition, and inevitably retirement very differently. However, these athletes tend[...]

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    Fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) address many basic retirement concerns: protection of hard-earned dollars, tax-deferred growth, balance, and lifetime income. Get some peace of mind — no matter what happens in the market. Consider these five key benefits: Guaranteed Income Stream With Americans living longer and spending more time in retirement, many retirees are concerned about outliving [...]

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    As we celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements this International Women’s Day, the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) wants to raise awareness that when it comes to savings, the gender savings gap is still huge. This post, originally shared on National Life Group Main Street blog on 3/9/17 by Maria McLendon, sheds light on this important issue.  When [...]

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    You may or may not be doing better than average, but you're almost certainly doing better than your parents. Today's elderly are healthier, better educated and live longer than any previous generation, according to a report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Supportive public policies and decades of economic growth have helped retirees to enjoy unprecedented [...]

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    Private Funds: Annuities

    March 2, 2018

    Understanding how Annuities Can Pay for Senior Care An annuity can ensure that a retiree is able to afford assisted living. Immediate annuities promise a steady stream of payments, no matter how long you live. The catch is that you must hand a large chuck of money over to an insurance company that you can't get back for emergencies or give to heirs, and the costs of this investment can sometimes [...]

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    If you’re like me, when you first read the qualified disclaimer rules, the phrase comes “must be nice” comes to mind. And while it’s true these rules are used more often by wealthier Americans, anyone can incorporate them into their estate planning as a tool to make last minute changes. In fact, disclaimers can be a valuable postmortem planning tool giving beneficiaries one last [...]

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    This Valentine’s Day, join the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) in spreading the love for fixed indexed annuities (FIAs). With the ability to grow and protect your nest egg, FIAs could be the long-term relationship you have been looking for to ensure a steady income stream during retirement. Designed for the long run, FIAs won’t break your heart, as you work toward reaching your [...]

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    THE MISUNDERSTOOD FIA

    February 8, 2018

    In recent years, we have seen an uptick in the interest of fixed indexed annuities (FIAs), but there is still a great deal of misunderstandings about this retirement product – down to even its most basic principles. Let’s start with defining FIAs. These products are long-term retirement options purchased from an insurance company that guarantee principal protection, tax-deferred growth, and[...]

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    With President Trump signing the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax reform system in more than twenty years, you may be questioning the future of your retirement planning portfolios. Even though no notable retirement plan provisions were included in the final tax bill, the IALC’s Executive Director Jim Poolman shares a valuable lesson from the debate in a new Forbes article. He explains [...]

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    Social Security will look a bit different in 2018. Every year, Americans eagerly await the announcement outlining the various changes being made to what many consider the most important social program in the country. Will your benefits increase? What about the strict guidelines tethered to the program? Will they be modified in a way that affects your ability to get by? These are all [...]

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    One in five Americans have absolutely nothing saved for retirement. That’s according to new data released in October by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC). Just as alarming as the number of nonexistent retirement accounts: More than half of Americans admitted they do not have a retirement plan that will carry them through their golden years. Those Americans, understandably,[...]

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    Many retirement investors use annuities for guaranteed income. But some find their annuity payout options to be confusing. There are a variety of methods to receive annuity income payments. With so many choices, it can be hard to decide what’s right for you. People tend to feel more confident in their decisions when they are well-informed. So, this article will take a look at some common [...]

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