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RYAN: As life expectancy grows, annuities gain supporters

{January 17th, 2014} by J. Brendan Ryan is an East Walnut Hills insurance agent

What a difference a couple of decades make. It was about that long ago when annuities came under constant fire from the investment community and even from the federal government for being expensive rip-offs. One of the most common observations from the critics was that it was a waste of money to put a tax-favored [...]

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5 Cardinal Rules Of Retirement Planning

{October 21st, 2013} by Glenn A. Herring

Whether you are currently retired or planning for retirement, there are five cardinal rules investors must follow to provide a stress-free retirement.There is an investment product that will achieve all five of these rules, automatically. Although it has been around for almost two decades, many haven’t heard of it. It is called the Fixed Indexed [...]

Reaching for Retirement

{April 29th, 2013} by Wade Carter

A few days ago I had a prospective client, Richard, come in to my office to  discuss his retirement plans. He had no idea what he needed to do to make his  retirement a reality. Almost everyone out there dreams about the last years of  their life being relaxing and carefree but don’t really know [...]

Paycheck or Playcheck: It’s All About The Lifestyle

{January 4th, 2013} by Michael B. Cratty

By Michael Cratty Published January 02, 2013 We all want to be able to keep the lifestyle that we have become so accustomed to having while we are working. But, how do we keep that lifestyle going once we retire? Is it even possible? The answer is yes to both. I have a client who [...]

Why You Should Purchase an Equity Indexed Annuity

{January 4th, 2013} by Joseph Carter Gray, CLU

By Carter Gray Published January 02, 2013 Sometimes, people can be so afraid of being sold something that they strangle their own deductive reasoning. I had a meeting with a handful of our affiliated agents last week. One of the agents said, “Carter, if people actually understood the mechanics of an Equity Indexed Annuity, everyone [...]

Worst of Times? Best of Times!

{September 30th, 2012} by Dennis Sweenor

By Dennis Sweenor Published September 28, 2012 Affected by declining interest rates more than any other group, seniors’ dependent on interest income from investments such as CDs and Treasury Securities find themselves scrambling just to maintain a modest living. Interest rates are at the lowest levels not seen in more than 10 years! Seniors continue [...]

Taming a Bear

{June 1st, 2012} by Ron Adams

By Ron Adams Published May 29, 2012 Years ago I trained animals for television and performed stunt work for movies. There were a few movies where you may have seen my face, but I was mostly a stunt double or behind the scenes animal trainer. I worked with the bear you knew as Ben in [...]

Top 50 Annuities

{June 1st, 2012} by Karen Hube

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012 By KAREN HUBE  Americans are eager to lock in steady retirement income. We pick the best annuities from a dizzying array of choices. When wealth manager Peter D’Arruda talks about the “old days” for annuities, he isn’t talking about the Roman Empire, where these income-generating insurance products were invented and payments [...]

Annuities for 2012 could see even more interest

{April 1st, 2012} by Henry Steelman

By Henry Steelman on March 27, 2012 at 2:01 am Annuities are not something that were often talked about in the mainstream media just five years ago. At that point in time, most people were perfectly happy to continue to allow their stock market investments to continue to grow. All of the media was happily [...]

Five things … about investing in a rising-tax environment

{March 20th, 2012} by N/A

11:29 PM, Mar. 18, 2012 | The fate of the Bush cuts will likely be decided by a “lame-duck” Congress convening between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2012. If the deadline for the cuts is not extended, the top tax rate on capital gains will rise from 15 to almost 24 percent. The top tax rate [...]

Is an annuity in your future?

{March 10th, 2012} by Mark Miller

CHICAGO | Wed Mar 7, 2012 12:02pm EST CHICAGO (Reuters) – You’ve done a good job building your 401(k), and retirement is not far off. The question now: how to make sure that nest egg generates sufficient income to sustain you through a retirement that might last two or three decades. For years, retirement income [...]

Longevity insurance may be for you

{February 27th, 2012} by J. Brendan Ryan

5:33 PM, Feb. 24, 2012 | There are a lot of risks for retirees to worry about. There is inflation risk, market risk, interest-rate risk, and many more. But there is another risk that is just recently being talked about: longevity risk. This is the risk that one will live longer than the finances were [...]

Annuities Now Permitted To Be Unleashed in Retirement Plans

{February 5th, 2012} by Elizabeth Festa

By Elizabeth Festa February 2, 2012 Retirement, Image Courtesy AP So, you can have your annuities and eat them (or have them feed you for life), too, now.  The life insurance industry got a boon today when the Obama Administration endorsed the use of annuities in retirement plans, but also was affected in a final [...]

The return of pensions? Treasury backs annuities in retirement plans

{February 5th, 2012} by Mary Beth Franklin

Department proposes new rules to promote partial annuities, longevity insurance By Mary Beth Franklin February 3, 2012 American retirement security now ranks as a top concern of the White House, right up there with unemployment and the federal budget deficit. In a joint announcement Thursday, the Departments of Treasury and Labor unveiled two executive actions to [...]

Maybe your 401(k) isn’t all it was supposed to be

{February 4th, 2012} by Susan Moore Vault

By Susan Moore Vault | Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 6:00 am “60 Minutes” recently re-aired an installment about 401(k)s and the fact that so many baby boomers are putting off retirement because they’ve lost so much money due to volatility of the markets. If you’re a babyboomer with a 401(k), I urge you to [...]

Why consider an annuity?

{January 22nd, 2012} by Scott Lunsford

Jan. 22, 2012  |   Written by Scott Lunsford Are you frustrated with the interest rate your bank is paying you? Can’t quite handle the twists and turns of the stock market? Are you interested in an investment that is paying 3.25 percent and is guaranteed never to pay less than 2 percent? Would access to 10 [...]

Annuities Can Be A Great Way To Invest Safely

{January 19th, 2012} by N/A

(RTTNews.com) – In times of market mayhem, annuities can be a safe way to invest your money, especially if you’re eying retirement. An annuity is a financial product sold by financial institutions, such as an insurance company. It is designed to accept and grow funds from an individual and then pay out a stream of [...]

Do You Need an Annuity?

{January 11th, 2012} by Phil Taylor

By  Phil Taylor January 6, 2012 For most of us, our 401(k) plan in conjunction with some savvy savings is what we are depending on to fund our golden years.  A few lucky individuals also have a traditional pension, but fewer and fewer people will have this benefit to rely on.  So, how do you [...]

How to Fix Your 401(k) Plan

{December 4th, 2011} by Dan Kadlec

By Dan Kadlec | @dankadlec | November 28, 2011 As the traditional pension disappears, the 401(k) plan is evolving into something that one day might actually be just as good. That’s saying a lot. The certainty of monthly income for life, which traditional pensions promise, is a high bar. Meanwhile, 401(k) plans have taken their [...]

59½ or older and still working? Consider a 401(k) rollover

{December 4th, 2011} by Susan L. Moore Vault

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 7:00 am “The question isn’t at what age I retire, it’s at what income.” – George Foreman, former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and entrepreneur Since the advent of the Defined Contribution Plan – the 401(k) – people have had to deal with choices of various securities: stocks, bonds and mutual [...]

How to Use Annuities for Retirement Income

{November 27th, 2011} by Phil Moeller

August 2, 2011 RSS Feed Print With retirement outlooks growing increasingly uncertain, the safety of guaranteed income streams looks more attractive each day. Annuities can provide such guarantees, so let’s take a look at them and consider whether they make sense for you. Simply stated, an annuity is a financial product sold by insurance companies [...]

The ABCs of Annuities

{October 25th, 2011} by Allianz Life

Please click here for a video from Allianz on the ABCs of Annuities.

Life Insurers and Long Distance Relationships

{October 4th, 2011} by Wendy C. Waugaman

By Wendy C. Waugaman Published September 29, 2011 | Retirement  Miracle You have known your family insurance agent a long time. He has helped you  with your insurance needs for years, understands your family and  your financial situation. He has always done a good job for you. You like him,  and not just that, you [...]

How Annuities Can Shine in Risky Markets

{September 12th, 2011} by Phil Moeller

September 9, 2011 In booming markets in which all investments seem to  move upward, fixed annuities fall by the wayside. Fixed annuities  promise modest returns and may have costly fees. The products offer  guaranteed returns of principal, and thus function in part as a life  insurance policy. But such guarantees can be cheaply secured with  [...]

Bhojwani Says `Boomers’ Buying Annuities for Retirement

{July 22nd, 2011} by Sheryl J. Moore

Click here for a Washington Post video of Allianz’s Gary Bhojwani discussing “boomers” quest for lifetime income.

Bhojwani Says `Boomers' Buying Annuities for Retirement

{July 22nd, 2011} by Sheryl J. Moore

Click here for a Washington Post video of Allianz’s Gary Bhojwani discussing “boomers” quest for lifetime income.

RETIRING: Retirees Need Less Stocks, More Annuities

{July 11th, 2011} by Robert Powell

By Robert Powell, A DOW JONES COLUMN Less stocks, more annuities. That, in essence, is the advice gleaned from two just-published reports for the benefit of those living in or approaching retirement. Retirees should invest just 5% to 25% of their portfolios in stocks, or at least that’s the case for those whose primary goal [...]

GAO Highlights Annuity Benefits, Policy Recommendations

{July 6th, 2011} by Sean P. Carr

WASHINGTON July 05 (BestWire) — A U.S. Government Accountability Office report highlighted the merits of investing in annuity products to protect retirees from outliving their savings in a time of fewer guarantees. The report also encouraged the adoption of policies to promote the growth of annuities. The GAO identified recommendations from industry and consumer sources, [...]

Best Annuities

{June 20th, 2011} by Karen Hube

By KAREN HUBE Shortly after George Altmeyer of Bucks County, Pa., retired from his senior-management job at a large industrial company, half his stock portfolio vanished. It was wiped out by the stock-market crash of 2008. But Altmeyer, 67, never lost a night’s sleep, and he doesn’t worry about whether he will run out of [...]

Financial Markets – Financial Writers Called Upon To Practice Financial Reporting With Due Diligence

{June 1st, 2011} by Steve Salerno

Media reporting on retirement products is conveniently slanted to reflect the “Wall Street view.” Periodically, when financial writers tire of explaining why their fail-safe prognostications didn’t come to pass, they fall back on another favored hobby: bashing any alternative investing philosophy that diverts money from the stock market. So it is with the latest round [...]

CEO Blog: It’s Time to Stop One-Sided Retirement Planning

{April 29th, 2011} by Wendy Waugaman

Published: Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 3:27 PM ET By: Wendy Waugaman CEO & President, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company Americans have lost more than $2 trillion in retirement savings in the last three and a half years. A recent AP poll says 42% of Baby Boomers surveyed said they’d delayed retirement due to [...]

The Annuity Imperative

{April 7th, 2011} by Bob Seawright

As retirement nears, return of capital must trump return on capital. Research Magazine | April 1, 2011 | By Bob Seawright Retirees and near-retirees often wonder whether they should purchase an annuity to provide sustainable lifetime income — in effect, a guaranteed retirement paycheck — that they cannot outlive. Most do not. That’s often a [...]

Retirement Investing With Annuities–How Consumers Find More Security For Their Retirement Income And Expenses

{April 6th, 2011} by Randell Jenkins

04/06/2011 By Randell Jenkins Retirement investing options through annuities have been one of the ways which consumers have found more security when it comes to investing in a way that will allow them to avoid outliving their income, but there are different options for investing in an annuity which individuals must consider for their particular [...]

Retirement Income Market Expands

{March 25th, 2011} by Danielle Andrus

Widening age spectrum offers opportunities for advisors Advisor One | March 24, 2011 | By Danielle Andrus, AdvisorOne The market for retirement income products is expanding as more people look for opportunities to replace income in retirement, according to a report released Tuesday by the Financial Research Corporation. There are two components to the growing [...]

Making the Case to Buy an Annuity

{March 9th, 2011} by Lavonne Keykendall

Retirees may get more financial security by combining insurance products and mutual funds, some analysts say. By LAVONNE KUYKENDALL Many investors approaching retirement think they have no need for annuities. But the lifetime-income guarantees offered by these insurance-company products can add security to portfolios that are mostly composed of stock and bond mutual funds. A [...]

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The value of annuities

{January 5th, 2011} by Matthew Taylor

Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 1:01 AM  By Letters to the Editor  I disagree strongly with Tim Decker’s column: “Consumers beware when it comes to annuities” in Your Money (Dec. 19). Annuities are highly regulated financial products. All annuity contracts must be approved by the Pennsylvania Insurance Commission, with specific provisions and contractual guarantees. A [...]

Weighs in on financial reform

{December 10th, 2010} by Jean Toillion

To the editor: The recently signed federal financial reform bill had a significant impact for Iowa’s insurance industry and rural Iowa. A special thanks is owed to Iowa’s congressional delegation for including language that stopped an attempt by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate fixed indexed annuities, which offer guaranteed returns to investors. [...]

Be sure you understand that annuity before buying

{December 10th, 2010} by Humberto Cruz

Be sure you understand that annuity before buying By Humberto Cruz, Tribune Media Services 3:53 PM CST, December 9, 2010 The topic of annuities generates much confusion — and passion. In response to a recent column, one annuity seller said I had “seemingly been brainwashed” against index annuities. Another reader considered the column favorable to [...]

Insurance pros pitch annuities as antidote to market downturns

{October 25th, 2010} by Mark Shoeff, Jr.

Prudential CEO Strangfeld says Americans may now be more open to annuities to ensure income By Mark Schoeff Jr. October 25, 2010 3:56 pm ET After seeing their retirement savings devastated by the financial crisis, Americans may be more open to annuities as a way to ensure an income stream and protect against market downturns, [...]

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