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10 Mistakes by Annuity Shoppers


By: Stan Haithcock   It seems like everyone is trying to sell you an annuity.   Your banker, your broker, and your life insurance agent are all on the annuity sales train. In addition, you are continually bombarded with TV and radio ads, which now features ridiculous celebrity endorsements. It’s important to tune out all of that […]

401(k)s Welcome Annuities


By: Jeff Rose Via Huffington Post   Want to have a steady stream of income after retirement for a lifetime? The new rules issued in October by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service make this goal easier to achieve by including deferred income annuities in your 401(k) investment options.   As traditional […]

Retirement-Account Standards May Tighten


Brokers who recommend retirement-account investments would have to put their clients’ interests ahead of personal gain under rules expected to be endorsed by the Obama administration as soon as next week. At present, the brokers’ recommendations for 401(k) plans and other retirement accounts generally have to be “suitable,” a weaker standard that critics say permits […]

Debt Vs. Retirement


By Laura Shin via Forbes Recently, a good friend asked me a seemingly simple question: “Laura, does it make sense to save for retirement while also carrying debt?” The answer, however, is anything but simple and depends on a number of different factors. “A lot of people are trying to figure out, how do I balance multiple goals? […]

How Women Can Increase Their Confidence in Retirement


Knowing how much to save and how to invest can help women feel more secure. Here’s a cheat sheet.   Half of women report feeling worried about having enough money to last through retirement, according to a new survey from Fidelity Investments of 1,542 women with retirement plans.   Those anxieties aren’t necessarily misplaced either.   Women […]

How to Receive Lifetime Income


  Eight-four percent of adults polled in a new TIAA-CREF survey want a guaranteed income stream in retirement and 46 percent are concerned they will run out of money. However, only 14 percent have purchased an annuity to secure a steady stream of lifetime income.   “For many Americans, annuities are often unknown or misunderstood, […]

25 Tips on Retirement

Retirement Ahead

Small steps that can make a big difference.   Retirement planning is serious business that requires diligence and patience. But a quick tip, or even an irreverent one, can sometimes be helpful, too.    1. If you’re not sure whether you’re saving enough for retirement, you probably aren’t. You can find out for sure pretty […]

4 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits


    You’ve spent years saving up for retirement, and collecting your Social Security benefits is an important piece of the financial puzzle. Because you’ve been paying into the system for years, you deserve to get the most out of your benefits, right?  Here are four ways to help you maximize your Social Security payments:   […]

Steps To Take When Behind on Retirement Savings


You’re in your 50s, the kids have moved out and the panic sets in: you don’t have nearly enough retirement savings.   More than a third of the country’s workforce is with you: 36% say they and their spouse have less than $1,000 saved for retirement, according to a 2014 survey from the Employee Benefit […]

The New Congress and Retirement


  By: Rodney Brooks via USA Today   A new Congress is in session, and a big question is this: Exactly what do they have in store for older Americans and retirees?   Are changes to Social Security and Medicare on the table, as some activists wonder? And, are changes in store for the tax […]