Some Critical Moves

This week’s article points out that “Social Security payments are one of the biggest assets that most people have,” and “how you handle that income has an important impact on an overall plan.” A “critical move” that is highlighted is not only to know your full retirement age and to weigh the advantages of delaying your Social Security benefits, but to “coordinate the timing of benefit claims with your spouse.” A law “phases out a strategy known as restricting an application for spousal benefits, which could boost a couple’s total payout by tens of thousands of dollars.” Call us if you have made your critical moves and still need options for income that you can’t outlive. We’re always here to help.

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Aging is an Opportunity

Aging is an Opportunity
This week’s article reminds us “silver is the new green”, and that “around the world, people are living longer as birth rates decline.” Because of this, it isn’t just public policymakers and the private business sector that must reevaluate their long-term strategies. As Seniors, we are reminded a “changing landscape offers significant rewards for those with the foresight to adapt.” Call us. It pays to think ahead, and we’re always here to help you do that.

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Building a Portfolio with Principal Protection

Building a Portfolio with Principal Protection
This week’s article reminds us that pre-retirees can “diversify their portfolio in a way that distributes risk and prepares their retirement savings for growth in a variety of economic environments. It’s even possible to build in some principal protection with the inclusion of Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs). FIAs are insurance products that can guarantee income to contract holders over a period of time — even over a lifetime”. With this financial product, “the insurance company absorbs the risk of market downturns, guaranteeing a minimum floor, and protecting contract holders from market losses.” If you are concerned about having to absorb the risk of market downturns in your portfolio, call us, we’re happy to see if an FIA is right for you. We’re always here to help.

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Solutions not Problems

If you are like many, you are tired of reading so much about the negative consequences of COVID on our finances, employment and plans – whatever they may be, and you long to hear more about solutions. This week’s article tells us things we already know – that the “economic downturn prompted by the coronavirus comes at a particularly bad time for older workers.” And, that “older workers are just as able to work from home, but fewer than half have the opportunity to do so. Meanwhile, new jobs often don’t offer the pay or benefits they may be looking for.” If we are that ‘older worker’ what do we do? One solution may be to look for options other than new employment opportunities that can generate an income for use in retirement. Call us, we have some ideas you may not be aware of. We’re in this together, and are always here to help.

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Formula for the math

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I’ve been asked to explain how the dollar amount of what someone receives in social security is impacted by their age at filing for SS. This week’s article does that. It tells us “One of the most important factors affecting your retirement security is how long you work. Additional years make it easier to increase annual Social Security benefits through delayed filing: Filing at the earliest age (62) gets you 75 percent of your annual full benefit; every 12 months of delay past your full retirement age (currently around 66, depending on your year of birth) gets you an additional 8 percent until you turn 70. Working longer also can mean saving more, living off those savings for fewer years and getting more years of employer-subsidized health insurance”. Let us know if you need help in applying these formulas to your personal situation to determine how much additional income you may need to help you live out a more stress-free retirement. There are products that can provide additional income that you may not know about. Call us, we’re always here for you.

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Back Roads of the Economy

J.P. Morgan’s chief global strategist David Kelley recently gave a speech concerning there still being a long way to go before the US has a full economic recovery and it is “therefore wise for investors to be cautious.” “He compared the current situation to when he used to drive to New York from Massachusetts. It’s only about a four-hour drive in theory, but it always takes longer, he noted. That is because you’ll be “speeding along the highway, but you always know by the time you get to Bridgeport, Connecticut,” you hit traffic, so you try to avoid the traffic by taking the side roads, he recalled, adding: “Eventually you do get there — it’s just much slower going.” He said that “When you take the back roads, there are lots of twists and turns and the bottom line is that that makes it very difficult to see what is ahead, and speeding on a back road … will get you into trouble.” It may be time to think of ways of generating income in your portfolio without materially adding to your overall volatility. Call us, we can tell you about a product that protects your principal when the market goes down, and also guarantees income for life. We’re always here to help.

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Without retirement savings

This week’s article discusses a type of “retirement plan” that some Americans who have had their retirement savings wiped out by COVID are engaging in, and that plan simply involves moving in with their millennial children. Instead, if you are looking to shore up your retirement savings with products where your principal is protected from market declines, and that can provide you with a guaranteed income you can’t outlive, call us. We’re always here to help.

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Regain your footing

This week’s article helps explain why the “economic gut punch of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt by retirees.” “With the U.S. economy staring at a recession and the stock market having plunged more than 25% from its peak in February, retirees have seen the value of their retirement funds badly eroded and are looking for ways to generate cash for their living expenses.” Call us if you are trying to regain your footing. We may have some ideas that can help in situations like this. We’re always here to help.

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Life

Insurance takes many forms, from covering our homes to our lives, and one form of insurance that we have received many questions on over the past few months relates to Life Insurance. This week’s article tells us that when a study was conducted in 2018 “Half of all consumers say they are more likely to purchase life insurance if priced without a physical examination.” There are pros and cons to different types of Life Insurance coverage. Call us if you have any questions about what you own, or would like to discuss what you believe your needs are. We are aware of options that will likely serve your purpose, and also help you during your retirement years.

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Are you a Builder or a Protector?

We speak a lot about annuities and are often asked to describe the type of person who benefits from owning one. In responding, we often say they benefit both “the Builder” and “the Protector”. A Builder can be described as the person nearing retirement, concerned about risk exposure, and someone wanting growth opportunities. A Protector can be described as the person entering retirement, wanting supplemental income, and looking for flexibility. So we ask you, are you a Builder or a Protector? Call us, we’re always here to help explain more about options that will help you fulfill your goals regardless of where you are in your retirement planning.

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