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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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We receive several requests from fixed and indexed annuity shoppers about which insurance companies offer the best premium bonuses on first year and subsequent yearly deposits. Interest rates and bonus amounts are constantly changing, so it is best to give us a call in order to compare current yields and illustrations as one size does not fit …

March 30, 2011

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Conservative investors looking to protect a portion of their individual retirement account will often consider an annuity as a means to establish predictable growth and reliable income now or in the future. IRA annuity investments provide steady growth and are ideally suited for required minimum distributions. There are several types of annuity accounts to choose from, but …

February 23, 2011

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Let’s face it, sometimes annuities get a bad rap in the investment world and perhaps some of that is deserved. In fairness, those who are talking down these accounts are usually trying to sell some other financial product. However, the bottom line is investors are usually and understandably concerned about access to their deposited funds. Safe …

August 19, 2010

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There are three types of deferred annuities for investors to choose from in order of least to most risk: fixed, fixed-indexed, and variable.  Variable accounts are most risky as they are directly tied to the ups and downs of the overall stock market which is why you you see variable annuity complaints. In an attempt …

August 9, 2010

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Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of misinformation that has spread about annuity investment contracts. What is not clear is whether these untruths are intentional or a general lack of knowledge, but it is beyond time to set the record straight. One of the biggest concerns potential annuity investors have is what happens to their money …

July 1, 2010

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As an annuity agent, I am often asked which insurance company offers an indexed annuity with the best returns. And that is not an easy question to answer. There are dozens of companies offering several fixed indexed accounts each. However, I did come across an annual statement recently that even amazed me – and I have …

May 20, 2010

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Indexed annuity accounts credit interest based on the performance of chosen stock and bond market indexes, however they are not variable in nature and have no direct market exposure. This simply means that when the market goes down, there is no risk of losing your invested principal or interest gains from previous years. During the past twelve months, …

May 6, 2010

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