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2016 was another great year for Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs). In fact, several quarters saw record-breaking sales as consumers recognize the benefits and balance FIAs can provide to a retirement portfolio. During 2016, LifeHealthPro, MarketWatch and Huffington Post all identified how FIAs are attractive retirement products for retirees.
In order to guarantee a secure and relaxing retirement, staying informed and educated is crucial—and it is not as intimidating as people think. Here are 3 (simple) ways to start saving for retirement:
Imagine fearing life more than death. That’s a reality many Americans face as nearly 50 percent of Americans are afraid of outliving their income or their inability to pay for basic necessitates like healthcare, according to a new survey released by the IALC.
Too often when reviewing a job offer, we focus just on the salary or the number of vacation days. However, it’s important to evaluate the entire offer package and consider what benefits a prospective employer is offering not just yearly but also over time.
In the past, some consumers looked at Fixed Indexed Annuities, or FIAs, as “overcomplicated products,” that over-promised and under-delivered. That’s no longer the case. Even with today’s volatile market, these products have performed extremely well over the past 15 years. After raising the overnight rate this past December, Janet Yellen and the U.S. Federal Reserve kept rates stagnant in the first quarter of 2016, with global economic uncertainty as the main reason. If the Fed is unclear of the economy’s future, how can you make clear financial predications?
With the recent market volatility, those saving for retirement may be becoming more and more nervous about the stability and security of their retirement savings. While Americans may not have direct control over the stock market, there are things they can control when it comes to saving for retirement, and simple mistakes they can and should avoid.
When it comes to saving for retirement, starting early is key. And while putting money away can seem like a huge and daunting task, it doesn’t always require major lifestyle changes. If you implement changes slowly and in small ways, you may not even realize how much you’re saving. Continue reading
Nearly one in three millennials have no money saved for retirement, and a quarter of millennials – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – report owing more money than they have currently saved, according to a survey released by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC).
With current rates being “low,” they may seem befuddled when asked to consider purchasing an annuity. I explain that today’s rates are not low. In fact, I believe these to be the “new” rates—and today’s rates may be the highest rates we could see for a very long time! Continue reading