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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

Do 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. Here is our 7-point retirement planning checklist: 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

Rising Healthcare Costs Draining Retirement Savings

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized

Cost of HealthcareThere’s no way around it: healthcare is becoming increasingly more expensive in the United States. With the rapidly changing insurance landscape driven by the so-called Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), millions of Americans, and retirees in particular, are spending more and more on healthcare costs, dipping into retirement savings far ahead of schedule just to cover basic medical expenses. Without appropriate savings, it only takes a few unwelcome surprises to drain the money you earmarked to carry you through retirement. Read More

2016 Retirement Plan Deadlines You Can’t Afford to Miss

Monday, January 11th, 2016 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Uncategorized

Retirement Plan DeadlinesRetirement planning, while necessary, can be extremely overwhelming. With so many moving pieces and parts that make up the core of your strategy, staying on track takes a significant amount of time and attention to detail. Missing a retirement plan deadline or cutoff may not seem so significant in the present, but a few skipped contributions or enrollment periods can severely impact the success of your financial position in retirement. In order to make the most of what a new year can mean for your future, these nine retirement plan deadlines in 2016 should be at the top of your to-do list. Read More

Is Phased Retirement Becoming the New Norm?

Thursday, December 17th, 2015 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

Phased RetirementDespite the initial interest in joining the workforce that comes with a new college degree and what seems like endless possibility, it all has to come to an end eventually. As decades of work pass, many people come to look forward to retirement, relishing in the idea of enough free time to travel, volunteer, and take up new hobbies. Historically, retirement has been a single event in which a traditional job is abandoned and a new period begins, but today, many people are easing into retirement slowly, reducing hours and time commitments while adapting into a new lifestyle. This transition, known as phased retirement, is growing in popularity across the world, providing a way to test the waters of retirement. Read More

7 Top Retirement Regrets

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 and is filed under Annuity News, Uncategorized

Retirement RegretsWhether you’re eagerly looking forward to retirement or dreading a life without work, the end of your career is inevitable. For many people, the moment a job of many years ends is a bittersweet yet joyous occasion, but for others, this initial happiness may soon be overshadowed by regret.

Planning for retirement isn’t exactly a science, but inadequate preparation can lead to negative emotions after making the decision to retire. While it’s not possible to anticipate everything that may arise once you close your office door behind you, acknowledging these top seven retirement regrets now can help make sure that the last decades of your life will be smoother sailing. Read More

Why Buying Longevity Insurance Can Make Sense

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

Longevity InsurancePlanning for the future, and most notably retirement, can be an incredibly stressful and difficult journey. With no way to anticipate what the future will bring, what your investments will be worth, and what choices you’ll make after bidding employment a fond farewell, there are many question marks in the preparation process.

There are numerous options when it comes to retirement planning, from pensions to 401(k)s to personal brokerage accounts, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. Whether you’re saving for retirement on your own or working with a financial advisor, there’s no limit to the different ways you can strategize for the future, no matter what it may bring. Read More

Long Term Care Insurance – A Little TLC with LTC

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

Long Term Care Insurance Hitting that century mark or even living well into our nineties is hard to fathom––so much so, that a lot of us are guilty of just ignoring the “what ifs” of making it that far in life. However, for women, facts show that we ARE living longer and longer. This is great news but living longer may create some pretty severe financial challenges. It’s a smart idea to put a solid long-term care plan in place, either by saving for it or through insurance planning … the sooner, the better. Read More