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If you are shopping for (or own) a fixed index annuity, you likely have your eyes on a few different indices. Fortunately, 2016 was a good year  for most markets and many annuity accounts showed positive returns. Posted below, we have summed up the returns of the major indexes (like the Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ, [...]
January 4, 2017

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It depends who you ask. For those selling annuities, the answer is usually yes. For those who only sell competing accounts like stocks, bonds and mutual funds – the answer is almost always no. Most everyone has some skin in the game and they’ll work hard to make the case for their products over others. …

January 18, 2016

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Qualified longevity annuity contracts (QLACs) are popular retirement vehicles for those who want to create a deferred income stream later in life using pre-tax dollars. Longevity contracts were approved by the IRS in June of 2014 and offer very attractive tax reduction strategies. Many institutions offer these plans, but insurance companies are uniquely suited to …

May 27, 2015

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If there is a knock against fixed annuity accounts lately, it’s low interest rates. The Federal Reserve has kept rates low for several years to spur economic growth. In turn, the stock market has provided much higher returns than most fixed interest investments. In response to the overall economic climate, State Life has issued the …

January 15, 2015

Category: Annuities, Articles, Long Term Care Insurance

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It’s an interesting question. In our experience offering hybrid long term care coverage, the answer is: It depends. Some of our clients will benefit more from an annuity and others from a hybrid life insurance plan. We will discuss the pros and cons of each below. Some of the answer can also be found in your …

June 11, 2014

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The Pension Protect Act (PPA) was passed by Congress in 2006 and became effective in 2010. The law provides tax advantages for consumers who wish to purchase a long term care policy using a non-qualified annuity policy. The provision in the I.R.S tax code allowing for this is called a 1035 tax free exchange. Consumers can use …

March 10, 2014

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Understanding monthly point to point annuity with cap accounts is very important if you are a current or potential indexed annuity investor. Typically, these accounts offer some of the highest potential for yearly returns when markets steadily trend upward. This post is the second in our ongoing series discussing indexed annuity sub-accounts. Our first was an explanation …

February 14, 2014

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In response to market demand, several insurance companies are offering annuity accounts with a guaranteed death benefit rider. These new riders increase the contract value each year by a guaranteed interest rate. The annuity death benefit proceeds will be passed on to the insured’s beneficiary(s) in a lump sum – or over the course of a predetermined …

December 26, 2013

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If you own or are considering investing in fixed-indexed annuities, it is important to understand how a point to point annuity sub-account works.  In this post, we will discuss how these accounts operate and what investors can expect from them. Considered the most conservative of most indexed annuity investment options, point-to-point accounts are the least complicated.  There …

August 1, 2013

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There are several types of retirement annuity accounts offered from various insurance companies. The one that will work best for you will depend on your short and long term financial goals. If you are closer to or at retirement, then a single premium immediate annuity account might be best. If you are saving toward retirement, then a [...]
July 2, 2013

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We have written extensively about the benefits and limitations of annuity income riders. There is a lot to learn about these accounts and we do our best to educate consumers online, over the phone and in person. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the innovations with newer income riders. Not all are …

May 23, 2013

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Asset based long term care is quickly growing in popularity as those nearing retirement plan for potential long term care costs. There are only a few companies marketing long term care annuity policies and Mutual of Omaha is one of them. Their policy is called the Living Care Annuity. The primary advantages of their hybrid annuity …

April 10, 2012

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The Pension Protection Act of 2006 became law in January of 2010.  The new law offers several provisions to incentivize the purchase of long term care insurance coverage. One significant component of the new law allows you to use what would normally be taxable annuity dollars to purchase a long term care insurance policy. This …

July 29, 2011

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Planning for retirement income is an often overlooked but necessary piece of any financial plan.  Some retirees rely on stocks and bonds, others opt for annuity accounts, and many use a mixture of both in order to diversify their assets. Annuities have grown in popularity based on their history of safe & reliable returns and the …

July 6, 2011

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Compared to what other investments? Is an annuity a good investment if you had invested the majority of your dollars with Bernie Madoff or Alan Stanford? How about if you invested in Countrywide, General Motors, Lehman Brothers, Enron, WorldCom Inc, Citi Group, Fannie Mae or Feddie Mac? Or maybe you were unlucky enough to have saved …

June 2, 2011

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