• 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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    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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    Fixed Annuities: Guaranteed Investment Performance  With a fixed annuity, the owner is guaranteed at least a minimum rate of investment return. The insurer declares a specific credited rate of return based on the investment performance of its general account assets. In the case of a deferred fixed annuity, the insurance company guarantees a minimum interest rate (also known as a minimum credited[...]

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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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    Fixed annuity sales have bright prospects in the next five years, due in large part to anticipated strength in sales of income annuities and fixed index annuities, according to researcher Joseph E. Montminy. In fact, income annuity sales are on such a tear that “their sales will double by year 2018,” predicted the assistant vice president at LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute (LIMRA SRI).[...]

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    Living comfortably in retirement is indeed possible. However, many Americans fail to develop a strategic plan that allows stability in their golden years to be reality. In fact, the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) commissioned data that found insights into American’s retirement savings – or lack thereof. Nearly 90 percent of Americans are not very confident in their retirement [...]

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    Your golden years might be a little less golden if you’re a woman. In its 2016 study “Shortchanged in Retirement,” The National Institute on Retirement Security explored financial hardships facing employed women, women approaching retirement and retired women. Co-authored by Manager of Research Jennifer Brown, the study identified that women are much more likely to face poverty in [...]

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    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 guaranteed income to [...]

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    Annuities: Part I

    December 6, 2017

    In today’s volatile climate, investments seem to be wading in uncertain waters.  Even one-time solid choices like blue-chip stocks are swimming in rough seas.  Because of this, investors sometimes examine a myriad of possibilities to secure or help their money grow. So what are annuities?  They are products that take the form of insurance contracts.  How do they work?  Essentially, the [...]

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    Recent research by retirement income expert and former U.S. Treasury Department official Mark Warshawsky shows that immediate annuities generally provide you with more lifetime income than you could get by following the take-out-4-percent-of-savings-a-year rule or a similar strategy of systematic withdrawals. One reason: Annuities have a unique and valuable advantage investors simply [...]

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    Today, Americans are faced with endless uncertainty, like what’s ahead for the tax code, health care and Social Security, to name a few. But removing some uncertainty surrounding retirement is an obtainable goal all Americans can strive to achieve. The retirement crisis has become a staple in our country’s rhetoric, and it has escalated in recent years due to steadily growing life [...]

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    Last week, the IALC launched its interactive game Master of Retirement. Shocking new data points, found from IALC surveys, power the game’s questions and demonstrate the need to offer approachable and light-hearted ways of boosting Americans’ confidence when it comes to saving for retirement. In the coming days, we will share tips to help you rise in the retirement ranks. Start by [...]

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    Working in Retirement: Fantasy or Reality?

    To work or not to work? That is the retirement planning question. Let's take a closer look at this modern-day riff on the famous line in Shakespeare's "Hamlet," where Prince Hamlet laments about life's unfairness but reflects that the alternative (not being alive) could be worse. Lately, many analysts and journalists have written about the necessity of older workers continuing to work in [...]

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    Retirement planning: 4 safe ways to boost income When your bucket list doesn't match your budget, these investing strategies may help

    Even retirees who do everything right can find themselves coming up short when it comes to affording some of the little luxuries they had planned for their remaining years. Just take a look at Mike and Judy, a hypothetical couple very similar to many retired couples, who saved and invested for decades in order to enjoy a secure yet stimulating retirement. Mike, 75, and [...]

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    AT WHAT AGE SHOULD YOU PURCHASE AN INDEXED ANNUITY?

    The great thing about fixed indexed annuities is that they are a reliable retirement planning vehicle appropriate for people in a variety of life stages. However, there are a few rules of thumb to follow when thinking about purchasing a fixed indexed annuity. Of course, always speak with your retirement planning professional to see what makes most sense for you and your family. Mid-40s to [...]

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    2 Huge Things People Get Wrong About Retirement

    So much for the "golden years." Some 28% of recent retirees complain that life is actually worse in retirement than it was when they were working, according to a recent survey by Nationwide. The cause may be mismatched expectations. Pre-retirees tend to overestimate two factors that will be important to their wellbeing, the survey suggested: their future retirement income and their future [...]

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    Retirement in 2017: 5 Stats Everyone Should Know

    Here's the state of retirement saving in the U.S., and what to do if you need to catch up. If you read the financial news often, you may have heard about the "retirement crisis" many Americans are facing. While it's true that the average American doesn't save nearly enough for retirement, the good news is that this is a fixable problem. Here are a few statistics to give you a true picture of [...]

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    Americans are spending more money after they retire

    Most people expect to spend less money after they retire. But that might not be the case -- at least not at first. Spending rose for more than half of taxpayers during the first three years after claiming Social Security, according to a report based on tax data and analyzed by economists at the Investment Company Institute and the IRS. Those with lower incomes were most likely to be [...]

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    New Data: Extreme Lack of Diversification Could Add to Retirement Crisis

    Balance Gained By Considering Alternative Financial Products Such As FIAs Americans need to take additional steps in order to ensure a financially stable retirement – one that allows them to pay for medical bills and essential costs of living while enjoying their bucket list. Our new data shows most Americans are at risk of an unstable retirement. In fact, only 9% are diversifying their [...]

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    Extreme Lack of Diversification Could Add to Retirement Crisis Balance Gained By Considering Alternative Financial Products Like FIAs

    The retirement crisis has become a topic of conversation in the United States, and while its actualization is still widely debated, there is no doubt Americans need to take additional steps in order to ensure a financially stable retirement – one that allows them to cross off items on their bucket list while managing to pay for medical bills and other essential costs of living.   New data [...]

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    Social Security tips for singles

    Not married? Here are strategies to help you maximize your Social Security benefits. Key takeaways ✔ The longer you delay Social Security, the higher your monthly benefits. ✔ Divorced: Your benefit can be based on your ex-spouse’s work history. ✔ Widowed: Consider claiming survivor’s benefits or your own, and switch later. ✔ Consider all your income sources when [...]

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    Americans are spending more money after they retire

    Most people expect to spend less money after they retire. But that might not be the case -- at least not at first. Spending rose for more than half of taxpayers during the first three years after claiming Social Security, according to a report based on tax data and analyzed by economists at the Investment Company Institute and the IRS. Those with lower incomes were most likely to be spending [...]

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    There’s no better time than today to develop your retirement plan and consider options that may be suitable for your future. Fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) can offer lifetime income and provide peace of mind when looking for ways to protect your nest egg from market downturns. Read about the 5 W’s of FIAs to find out if this is the right option for you. What is an FIA? A fixed indexed [...]

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    How to Find Serenity Despite Retirement Uncertainty

    “How can I feel fine?” That’s what Julie Elman, from Ohio, wants to know. Julie is 57, retirementis right around the corner, and she’s worried. Despite doing “all the right things,” whenever she spends time reviewing her financial situation, Julie never, ever feels fine about the finance part. Julie, there is one thing I want you to know. You. Are. Not. Alone. I’ve traveled all [...]

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    Putting Strings on What You Leave Your Children

    How to protect beneficiaries from themselves. Billionaire Warren Buffett was famously quoted as saying that when it came to leaving your children money, the sweet spot is “enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.” Few of us need to worry about leaving our kids so much that they could comfortably choose to do nothing. But many [...]

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    3 SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT

    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 [...]

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    DEVISING A SUMMER SAVINGS PLAN

    Summer is here and that calls for some down time relaxing with family and friends. Whether you plan on spending your summer days in the sun or binge-watching your favorite television series, developing a summer savings plan will help you enjoy your days now, and stay on track with your retirement plan to make sure you can enjoy more summer days down the road. Save smart this summer with these 4[...]

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    How to Find Serenity Despite Retirement Uncertainty

    “How can I feel fine?” That’s what Julie Elman, from Ohio, wants to know. Julie is 57, retirementis right around the corner, and she’s worried. Despite doing “all the right things,” whenever she spends time reviewing her financial situation, Julie never, ever feels fine about the finance part. Julie, there is one thing I want you to know. You. Are. Not. Alone. I’ve traveled all [...]

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    INFLATION WATCH - 2017

    July 13, 2017
    INFLATION WATCH - 2017

    INFLATION WATCH - May 2017 The I.I.I. Inflation Watch spreadsheet contains the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Both current and expected near-term general inflation continue to be low by historical standards, but there are pockets of rising inflation. The CPI-U—the popular measure of inflation, sometimes called headline inflation—rose by 1.9[...]

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    10 Things You Must Know about HSAs

    As the summer heats up, healthcare remains a hot topic. Will the ACA survive? Will Congressional Republicans succeed in repealing and replacing it? As we reach July these questions remain unanswered. One thing that is clear, however, is that Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are playing a significant role in the healthcare deliberations. Proponents advocate expanding these accounts as a way to save [...]

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    DO YOU LOSE THE BALANCE OF AN ANNUITY IF YOU DIE?

    DO YOU LOSE THE BALANCE OF AN ANNUITY IF YOU DIE? One common misconception about annuities is that you lose the balance of the annuity if you die. In the case of  Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs), the money remaining in your annuity can pass to one or more named beneficiaries after your death. You can even choose to set up your FIA as “joint life” in order to provide you and your spouse [...]

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    Here's How Much a Job Loss Now Will Cost You by Retirement

    Here's How Much a Job Loss Now Will Cost You by Retirement When Americans struggle financially—if they face a job loss or a bout with illness, for example—one of the first places they turn for relief is their retirement savings accounts. This makes some sense, at least in the short term: Such accounts typically provide ready cash. But the long-term costs are significant, and they plague more[...]

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    7 Instances When You Will Want Life Insurance for Retirement

    7 Instances When You Will Want Life Insurance for Retirement A frequent question among those nearing and in retirement is: Do I need life insurance for retirement? The answer, like most financial planning related questions, is that it depends.  When you are working, the purpose of life insurance is to replace your income or pay off large debts in order to help provide for your loved ones or [...]

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    Three key decisions to make before you retire

    Three key decisions to make before you retire When to take Social Security, how to pay for health care, and how to generate income. Key takeaways: ✔ The longer you can delay collecting Social Security, the higher your benefit. ✔ Plan for health care costs and figure out how you will pay for them. ✔ Match essential expenses like food, housing, and health care with guaranteed [...]

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    4 WAYS TO SAVE WHILE PAYING OFF STUDENT LOANS

    You’ve walked across the stage, shook the university president’s hand, and waved to your beaming family and friends. All of those late nights in the library suddenly feel worth it, but you know with the student loans, the work of school is not quite yet complete. According to a report from HelloWallet, every dollar in student loan debt can end up reducing your overall retirement savings by 35 [...]

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    Planning For Your Retirement: Understanding Annuities

    Planning For Your Retirement: Understanding Annuities An annuity can be a very smart retirement investment for many people. That's not just because an annuity can provide a secure revenue stream — a monthly check — for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live. On top of that, the longer you live, the more you get what's called a "mortality credit" as you outlive other people who [...]

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    ANNUITY SHIFT

    May 25, 2017
    ANNUITY SHIFT

    ANNUITY SHIFT National Retirement Planning Week took place in April, and the whole month was Financial Capability Month. April was full of encouragement for individuals to move their retirement savings plans forward. California’s insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, took part: He put out a widely circulated press release encouraging all Californians, and all Americans, to consider the role[...]

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    NEW STUDY: 1 IN 3 AMERICANS CONFESS STOPPING RETIREMENT SAVINGS AT LEAST ONCE

    NEW STUDY: 1 IN 3 AMERICANS CONFESS STOPPING RETIREMENT SAVINGS AT LEAST ONCE While a whopping 94 percent of Americans currently give themselves a passing grade on retirement, a third of them have confessed to stopping retirement savings at least once, according to a new report from the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council.[1] In fact, 20 percent of Baby Boomers don’t have a single dollar put [...]

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    1 in 4 workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement

    1 in 4 workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement You're not alone if you have next to nothing saved for retirement. But that doesn't mean you're in good company. Almost one-quarter of workers said they and their spouse combined have less than $1,000 saved for retirement, according to a report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Nearly half of everyone surveyed said they had [...]

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    The power and pitfalls of retirement savers' illusions

    The power and pitfalls of retirement savers' illusions Study finds that the format in which information is presented affects an individual’s perception of wealth (or poverty) A new study has found that one difficulty workers saving for retirement have in judging whether they’re on track is that they could be under the “illusion of wealth” or, conversely, under the “illusion of [...]

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    10 misconceptions about saving for medical care in retirement

    10 misconceptions about saving for medical care in retirement Retirement isn’t the only thing workers have trouble saving for; the other big gap in planning is health care. According to a Voya Financial survey, Americans just aren’t ready to pay for the health care they might need in retirement. Their estimates of what they might need are low—when they estimate them at all, that is—and[...]

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    The power and pitfalls of retirement savers' illusions

    The power and pitfalls of retirement savers' illusions Study finds that the format in which information is presented affects an individual’s perception of wealth (or poverty) A new study has found that one difficulty workers saving for retirement have in judging whether they’re on track is that they could be under the “illusion of wealth” or, conversely, under the “illusion of [...]

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    4 Things to Eliminate From Your Life for a Happy Retirement

    4 Things to Eliminate From Your Life for a Happy Retirement What you remove is just as important as what you add. Many retirement articles have been written about all the wonderful things you can do with the free time you will have after you retire. Once you leave work, you’ll have more time to travel, volunteer, take courses, play golf, enjoy hobbies and so much more. The possibilities [...]

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    What Are the Different Types of Annuities?

    What Are the Different Types of Annuities? 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 [...]

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    5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE PURCHASING AN INDEXED ANNUITY

    5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE PURCHASING AN INDEXED ANNUITY Indexed annuities offer a unique and attractive blend of safety, growth potential, tax advantages, lifetime income and liquidity. But, it’s important to understand the terms of your individual contract. Here are some questions you can ask your insurance agent before signing on the dotted line. 1) How long is the term? Review the term [...]

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    How to Save For Retirement When You’re Raising Kids Alone

    How to Save For Retirement When You’re Raising Kids Alone It can be hard to save when you’re the only adult in the house, but putting money aside for retirement should be non-negotiable. Whether you are divorced, widowed or a single parent by choice, raising kids alone can be financially challenging. There is typically no second income to rely on, and tax breaks for singles can be less [...]

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    3 WAYS TO BRIDGE THE GENDER SAVINGS GAP

    3 WAYS TO BRIDGE THE GENDER SAVINGS GAP This post originally appeared on the National Life Group Main Street blog on 3/9. By Maria McLendon. When it comes to savings, the gender savings gap is huge. A recent study[1] indicated that women have 50% lower savings than their male counterparts. There are a number of reasons that this disparity exists, among these are that, on average, women earn [...]

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    DON’T TAKE THE JOURNEY THROUGH RETIREMENT SAVINGS ALONE

    DON’T TAKE THE JOURNEY THROUGH RETIREMENT SAVINGS ALONE We live in a high-tech world where information about all topics under the sun is available at our fingertips. We are moving toward self-service and automatic access to everything. You can look at your checking account balance on your phone; you can make dinner reservations with a couple of clicks, and you can confirm a dentist appointment [...]

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    Fixed Indexed Annuities: Principal Protection and Growth Potential

    Fixed Indexed Annuities: Principal Protection and Growth Potential Whether aiming for asset growth or protection, clients today face tough decisions when it comes to investing their retirement assets. They may be concerned about tying up money in a low-rate fixed account and missing the boat if rates increase. And with the unpredictable stock market, clients may see securities and variable [...]

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    CELEBRATING THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF FIXED INDEXED ANNUITIES

    CELEBRATING THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF FIXED INDEXED ANNUITIES Move aside, Valentine’s Day… there’s another reason to celebrate! This week, we’re commemorating the 22ndanniversary of Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs). While we can’t guarantee flowers or heart-eyed emojis, this anniversary marks the continuous advancement of a retirement product that can offer guaranteed lifetime income. Fixed[...]

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    FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN

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    10 Common Spending Regrets

    February 10, 2017
    10 Common Spending Regrets

    10 Common Spending Regrets Wasted money on a purchase? Here's a look at items people buy and wish they didn't Time-shares 1) The time-share industry, known for its seductive marketing practices, plays on people's fantasies of owning property in popular vacation areas and being able to travel the world by simply swapping time-shares. In reality, many time-share owners find that ever-increasing [...]

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    Why Retirees Should Consider Indexed Annuities

    Why Retirees Should Consider Indexed Annuities Given their inverse relationship, when bond interest rates begin to climb, bond prices decrease in market value—as they have been for the last year especially. When approaching retirement, what strategies are retirees left with to ensure long-term financial success? Principal Protection Planning for the future, and retirement [...]

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    20 Things You Can Learn From Your Parents’ Retirement Millennials are saving more than ever for retirement, at an average 7.5 percent of income. Still, this number, which was released as part of a recent report on retirement readiness from investment firm Fidelity, is far from the firm’s recommended benchmark of 15 percent per year. For today’s young workers, planning for retirement [...]

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    New Study: America's Retirement IQ is Low

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    BRINGING BALANCE TO YOUR RETIREMENT PORTFOLIO

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    11 Money Lies to Stop Telling Yourself

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    6 Social Security Changes Coming in 2017

    Social Security beneficiaries will receive a slight increase in their Social Security checks in 2017. There have also been several recent tweaks to the program that change how married couples can collect benefits. Here’s a look at the new Social Security rules for 2017: A modest increase in payments. Social Security payments will increase by 0.3 percent beginning in January 2017. [...]

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    The run up to the holidays at the end of the month is an especially great time to teach young children some money and life lessons. Have The Kids Clean Their Closets, Rooms, and Playrooms. The goal is to create a single pile of all the toys, books and clothes that are no longer used or wanted. As a family take a look at the pile and separate the stuff that was used a lot-but has outgrown its [...]

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