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Our 7 Point Retirement Planning Checklist Has You Covered

Friday, June 16th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities, Videos

Retirement Planning ChecklistDo you have a retirement planning checklist that is up-to-date? Unfortunately, most people don’t, and what’s worse, they don’t even have a retirement plan in the first place.

Without a retirement planning checklist or detailed plan in place, it is extremely difficult to feel confident about retiring. You can’t have confidence in something that doesn’t exist.

Did you know that only 18 percent of the American workforce feels very confident in their retirement plan? Read More

Annuity Growth Rate Guarantees

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

Annuity Growth Rate GuaranteesSo far in our series on retirement annuities, we have discussed many aspects of annuities, especially the fixed index annuity. We have covered the four types of annuities, fixed index annuity basics, principal protection, and multiple annuity crediting methods including point to point, monthly sum, and monthly average. Next, in our series, we will discuss annuity growth rate guarantees.

Over the past several years we have seen the stock market go pretty much all over the map…everywhere from 50% downturns to record highs…and everywhere in between. And who knows where it’s going to go next?! Read More

Retirement Annuity Crediting Methods – Monthly Sum

Monday, April 17th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

Retirement Annuity Crediting Method - Monthly SumIn our series on retirement annuities, we have previously covered the four types of annuities, fixed index annuity basics, principal protection, and one of the types of annuity crediting methods – the point to point annuity crediting method. In this article, we will discuss another crediting method called monthly point to point, which is also known as monthly sum crediting. Read More

Fixed Index Annuity Basics

Monday, March 13th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities

Fixed Index AnnuitiesIn a recent blog, we explained the four different types of annuities where one of those four was the fixed index annuity. Now we’ll take a closer look at the features of Fixed Index Annuities to illustrate why we believe the fixed index is the better choice over the other types of annuities.

When looking at the different kinds of investment vehicles and plans that are available, we can put them into two basic groups: those that risk your principal, and “safe money” options that protect it.

The traditional investments most of us know about fall into the group that put our principal at risk: stocks, mutual funds, real estate, commodities, and so on.

On the other side of the equation, we have what we call “safe money” plans, where our principal is guaranteed from loss. Read More

Four Types of Annuities

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities

Four Types of AnnuitiesBefore we delve into the four types of annuities, let’s start with a simple question:  What is an Annuity?

An Annuity is simply an insurance product that guarantees income – usually during your retirement years, but can also be used to meet other long-range goals. An annuity may be purchased with either a single payment or a series of payments or contributions. Then the insurance company is obligated to make regular payment to you either immediately or at a scheduled date in the future.

There are four different types of annuities. At Annuity Watch USA, we specialize in fixed index annuities, and when you understand the basics of each type, you will see how fixed index annuities stand out above the rest. So, let’s start by taking a look at each of the four types of annuities. Read More

Annuity Income Riders for Fixed Index Annuities Explained

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

Cathy DeWitt Dunn“Consumers are practically bombarded with annuity marketing these days. Retirees need to know a retirement income plan is about much more than a flashy interest rate. Get the facts, and work with an expert who truly understands the nuances of different annuity plans and which plan best fits your retirement income goals.” – Cathy DeWitt Dunn, the Annuity Expert

With about 200,000 Americans retiring each month, and that number increasing as baby boomers age, it’s no wonder annuity advertising has increased sharply in the last few years. Most of that advertising highlights attractive guaranteed interest rates and lifetime income. Though it isn’t usually disclosed in ads, these features come packaged in income riders. In order to understand the real value of these products, you first have to understand the two types of income riders. Read More

Annuity vs. 401k – Income as the Outcome

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

Annuity vs 401kRelying on a 401(k) as a main source of retirement income is sort of like buying a Smart Car to pull your boat. When planning for retirement, just like in practical everyday life, success depends on choosing the right vehicle for the job.

So what makes the 401(k) the wrong vehicle for producing income? Simply put, 401(k) plans were created to be supplemental savings vehicles, not income generators. Let’s look at the annuity vs 401k plan as a retirement income stream and see who comes out on top. Read More

Fixed Annuity Sales Skyrocket As Consumers Seek Safety

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

retirement-planning-with-annuitiesThe popularity of annuities – especially fixed index annuities – with people planning for retirement is on the rise. Americans are living longer and longer, so guaranteed lifetime income is essential to the success of any retirement plan. Since the vast majority of employers have eliminated pensions, understanding the benefits of fixed index annuities is more important now than ever before.

It is estimated that only about 20% of American workers currently have a pension plan. Most employers, if they still offer any kind of plan, have shifted to defined contribution plans, such as 401ks. Why? Transfer of risk. Read More

Choosing the Right Retirement Income Plan

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized, Videos

With so many different retirement income plans on the market, trying to choose which one is going to be best for you can be overwhelming, to say the least. That’s why I’d like to introduce to you Annuity Watch USA’s Retirement Income Plan Analysis. It is a great new tool developed for us by a seasoned actuary that will help you zero in on the best retirement solution for you. Read More

A Fresh Look at Retirement

Monday, July 8th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Working with annuity experts –– like us here at Annuity Watch USA –– can make a huge difference when it comes to how much income you’ll enjoy in retirement.

When most people are thinking about retirement, they typically miss the mark on two key points…longevity risk and inflation. That’s why we recently collaborated with an actuary to develop a planning tool that can help you see retirement income in a whole new way. Read More