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 As I do each year, I celebrate my birthday by writing about my feelings on aging. Although my 86th birthday was five days ago, today is also my birthday. Are you confused? Don’t be. Every … more
How Do I Prepare for Tomorrow - Today? You can’t plan for everything but making sound financial decisions can help you plan for the things you want to do - and be prepared for the … more
I have read of five emotional stages that people will go through before and during retirement: Imagination. About 10 years before retirement, you begin to dream about that period of leisure … more
Is There a Final Thought on Annuities?Annuity income is guaranteed for life, no matter how long you live. It’s pretty comforting to retire with an income that you know will always be there. … more
What are the Ramifications of the Life Annuity and its Different Options?Life AnnuityA life or lifetime immediate annuity is used to provide an income for the life of the annuitant similar to a … more
What are the Different Repayment Options that Annuities Offer?As I’ve explained earlier, with an annuity, the longer you live, the greater the return you can expect to earn. This means of … more
What are the Basic Criticisms of Annuities?DeferredDeferred annuities are generally sold by financial professionals, some of whom may work directly for an insurance company. Most financial … more
What are the Risks and Tax Consequences associated with Annuities?RisksRegardless of where you purchase an annuity, even at a bank, the insurance company- and not the bank-stands behind the policy. … more
What is the difference between a Variable Annuity and a Mutual Fund?A variable annuity offers a range of investment options. The value of your investment as a variable annuity owner will vary … more
How Do Variable Annuities Work?A variable annuity has two phases 1) An Accumulation Phase and 2) A Payout Phase. Last week our discussion covered the Accumulation Phase. This week: the Payout Phase. … more
How Do Variable Annuities Work?A variable annuity has two phases 1) An Accumulation Phase and 2) A Payout Phase. This week our discussion will cover the Accumulation Phase and next week the Payout … more
What Factors should I consider between a Fixed Annuity and a CD?1. LiquidityIf you need access to the funds in a CD prior to its maturity date, you may pay an interest penalty ranging from 30 days to … more
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