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Annuity Watch USA Awarded Top 100 Retirement Blogs

Monday, February 13th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Uncategorized

Last week Feedspot announced their Top 100 Retirement Blogs List winners, and Annuity Watch USA made the list!

Annuity Watch USA placed number 65 on the list of the Top 100 Retirement Blogs in the world. Read More

The Top 7 Retirement Planning Ages & Why

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Uncategorized

Retirement Planning Birthdays You Don't Want to MissWhen planning for retirement, there are ages, or birthdays, that matter more than others and can make or break your portfolio. This is because of IRS rules and penalties like contribution limits, early withdrawal penalties, and eligibility ages, just to name a few of the items among the cumbersome and extensive Title 26 of the United States Code, commonly known as the Tax Code.

The retirement planning ages that you really need to be aware of are 50, 59-1/2, 62 + one month, 65, 66 or 67, 70, and 70-1/2. If you incorporate these ages into your retirement plans, it could substantially help increase your nest egg as well as your retirement income in your golden years. Read More

Average Retirement Savings: What’s Right For You?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

Average Retirement SavingsIt doesn’t matter how much money you’re making right now if you don’t put any of it away for retirement. Average retirement savings show that most Americans are about to find out the hard way that they have not saved enough for retirement… not by a long shot.

The average median working age couple only has $5,000 saved for retirement. That likely wouldn’t even cover unexpected medical expenses, much less twenty to thirty years of retirement expenses. Read More

DOL Fiduciary Rule and Annuities – In Your Best Interest

Monday, January 16th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

DOL Fiduciary Rule and AnnuitiesIt’s Time…You have done your due diligence and you’re ready to choose a Financial Professional to help you purchase an annuity with some or all the money you have saved in your retirement account – now what? Well one thing to remember is that, beginning April 2017, a new “Best Interest Contract” (BIC) exemption takes effect. This fiduciary level of care means your Financial Advisor must act in their client’s best interests and disclose any conflict of interest (like your doctor or attorney). Firms are allowed to continue to accept commissions and shared revenue as long as they commit to this exemption. Read More

2017 IRA Changes – What You Need to Know

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Uncategorized

2017 IRA Changes and What They Mean for Your Retirement AccountEach new year brings change and 2017 is no different when it comes to keeping up with your retirement savings accounts. Here is what you need to know when it comes to 2017 IRA changes.

IRA Charitable Contributions

After age 70 ½, withdrawals from traditional IRAs are required and income tax may be due on each distribution. However, if you’re age 70 ½ and donate all or part of your distribution ($100,000 max) directly to a qualified charity you won’t owe tax on that transaction. Introduced as a temporary measure in 2006, this ruling was made permanent by an appropriations bill in December 2015. Read More

Pocket More Money in 2017 – KDAF Interview

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Uncategorized, Videos

In this KDAF interview, Cathy DeWitt Dunn and Neeha Curtis discuss how to pocket more money in 2017.

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The 401k Confiscation Conspiracy Theory

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 and is filed under Uncategorized

Is the federal U.S. government 401k confiscation an actual plan or is it just merely another conspiracy theory? The truth may worry you.Is the federal U.S. government 401k confiscation an actual plan or is it just merely another conspiracy theory? There have been rumors circulating for years that a government takeover of retirement assets was indeed in the works, but are there supporting facts to back up these rumors?

In a criminal investigation, one of the key elements of that investigation is to determine a motive. In this case, does the federal government have a motive to confiscate the retirement assets of Americans? One simple look at the numbers and a motive is easy to surmise. The U.S. Federal Government is over $19 trillion in debt. Americans have over $24 trillion in retirement assets. The short answer is yes – money is the motive. Read More

How do annuities make money?

Monday, December 26th, 2016 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

How do annuities make money?Annuities are popular retirement planning vehicles where a large principal payment is held with an insurance company in exchange for regular sums paid out over a predetermined period of time. With their focus on steady income generation, fixed annuities can be a very valuable component to a retirement portfolio. A fixed index annuity is a twist on this traditional style; in addition to earning a baseline fixed interest rate over a fixed term with principal guarantees, alternative also includes a market-based growth component to annuity earnings. Thus, along with the base contract rate agreed upon in an annuity contract, these insurance products can also earn extra value when the market performs well. By tracking indices like the S&P 500, a fixed index annuity can provide more earning potential when times are good, and will earn the minimum guaranteed rate––without risking principal––should market downturns occur. Read More

Buying an Annuity: A How-To Guide

Monday, December 19th, 2016 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

The Process of Buying an AnnuityIf you are retired or planning for retirement, you may have learned that transferring the burden of generating lifetime income and managing market risk to an insurance company makes a lot of sense. Peace of mind and guaranteed retirement income come through the purchase of an annuity.

But which type of annuity is right for you? Which company should you trust your hard-earned retirement money to? Who has the highest returns with the best income payouts? Where do you even start? Read More

What does the Fed rate hike mean for Americans?

Friday, December 16th, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized

On Wednesday the Federal Reserve increased its key interest rate by 0.25%, marking the first interest rate increase since June of 2006. According to financial professional Cathy DeWitt Dunn, the Fed is likely to increase rates even further in the coming year. Read More