Annuities: Why You Need To Know How They Work

You need to know how they work, because many financial planners recommend them to their clients for retirement planning purposes. In fact, one study shows that almost 90 % of planners recommend them. Does that mean you need them? Well, you can decide if you do, and if...

Two Tax Questions to Ask Yourself About Retirement Planning

Tax Day is just around the corner, and now is a good time to review your financial habits and goals, particularly as they relate to retirement planning. This reflection is also timely because retirement preparation can have significant tax implications—ranging from...

Pre-Retirement Checklist: Tips for How to Prepare for Retirement

Get tips on what to do if you’re 10, 5 or 1 year out from retirement. What is your current retirement outlook? If you’re 10 years or less from retirement, does getting everything in order seem like too much to process? Do you know where to even start? According...

NCPW: How planning for retirement can be empowering, not frightening

March celebrates National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), a time to help people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money and saving for their retirement. No matter your age, some of the most important financial decisions relate to...

How the New Political Landscape Impacts Retirement

Last year, our study on the state of America’s workforce showed that over one-third of workers from small businesses say that their employer is “not helpful at all” in terms of retirement planning and that one in eight workers are not offered any type of retirement...

The Difference Between Annuities And Life Insurance

Both annuities and life insurance should be considered in your long-term financial plan. While both include death benefits, you buy life insurance in the event you die too soon and an annuity in case you live too long. In other words, life insurance provides economic...

How An Annuity Improves A Retirement Plan

“Your article on annuities [Does An Annuity Belong In Your Retirement Plan?] did not demonstrate that an annuity always improves a retirement plan.” True, Warren Buffet’s retirement plan would not be improved by an annuity because he will not face the mortality and...

The Benefits of Filing Taxes Early

Tax season has officially started and if you’re an early bird looking ahead to April, you might have already started filing your 2018 taxes. Regardless where you are in the process, here are a few tips to keep in mind for tax season this year. Taxes in retirement are...

3 Trends Changing the Retirement Landscape

The last two decades mark a distinct time of change, even in the retirement landscape. As we continue to start 2019 off on the right foot, it is important to keep in mind current retirement trends that could affect our overall well-being during our golden years. So...

Looking for Guaranteed Lifetime Income? Join the Club

In case you didn’t know, there is such a thing as a lifetime income club. Of course, it goes by another name: annuities. To an economist, an annuity is the most sensible way to provide safe income in retirement. In fact, economists spend more time researching...

Fixed Indexed Annuity: Suze Orman and Annuity

Annuities are getting more and more popular among seniors, and for good reason. Annuities are not right for everyone but are a real blessing for many seniors. Annuities are a popular choice for investors who want to receive a steady stream of income in retirement. The...

2019 Social Security Earnings Test Limits

If you work while collecting Social Security benefits, you can get hit with hefty benefit reductions. Here are the earnings limits for this year. Can you work and collect Social Security at the same time? The short answer is yes, it’s possible. However, if you...

Is retirement good for health or bad for it?

Patrick J. Skerrett Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health For many people, retirement is a key reward for decades of daily work—a time to relax, explore, and have fun unburdened by the daily grind. For others, though, retirement is a frustrating period marked by...

Retirement Savings Resolutions for the New Year

Every New Year we think about our resolutions, which typically includes some promise to better ourselves. Pledging to go the gym more, eat healthier, be more active, spend additional time with friends and family, and decrease our social media intake, are a few that...

The Social Security Retirement Age Increases to 66.5 in 2019

By Emily Brandon, Staff Writer Workers with an older retirement age get smaller Social Security payments throughout retirement. WHILE YOU CAN START Social Security payments at age 62, your monthly checks are reduced if you begin collecting benefits at this age. To...

Holiday Wish List 2018: Financial Security

What’s on your loved one’s gift wish list? Are they asking for the latest technology? Fashionable apparel? A must-have toy? No matter the buzz-worthy item, what they may want consider is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Remember, it is just a matter of time before a new...

Fixed Indexed Annuities FAQ

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...

A Retirement Recipe for a Hearty Turkey Day

Coming to you from the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) is a new recipe to add to your Thanksgiving menu. We all have our Thanksgiving favorites, from turkey to stuffing, to sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and more. But as you sit around your table reflecting on...

7 Surprising Ways Retirement Will Change Your Life

YOU CAN PLAN FOR IT, dream about it and try to visualize it, but there’s no way to tell for sure what retirement will be like for you until after you’ve actually pulled the trigger and left the job. As you contemplate this major life change, remember to...

‘Safer’ harbor for annuities can help fix retirement woes

Americans are living longer into retirement, but the financial solutions needed to support them have not kept pace with their needs. With a number of bipartisan proposals currently under consideration, the U.S. Congress has the opportunity to take significant steps...

Did You Let Retirement Scare You Off This Halloween?

Halloween might get less scary as we age, but there are a lot of frightening aspects of retirement in 2018. In fact, recent data on the state of America’s workforce shows just how underprepared for retirement many Americans are. While running out of money, drastic...