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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If you are over 65 and leaving your group health insurance, you’ll need to plan carefully when considering COBRA as your semi-permanent insurance. If you do not enroll in Medicare Part B upon separation from employment, you can face late enrollment penalties including fines and delays. Unfortunately, the transition from group health insurance to Medicare – and the …

July 14, 2015

Category: Medicare Supplements, Retirement Planning

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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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Through our independent agency, you can compare hybrid long term care insurance quotes and illustrations from One America State Life Insurance Company. They offer both single and joint annuity and life plans to fit most situations. We offer their hybrid annuity and life plans direct to consumer. Using our expertise and guidance, we can help …

July 31, 2014

Category: Long Term Care Insurance, Retirement Planning

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If you are researching hybrid long term care policies, then you may want to consider the Lincoln MoneyGuard life insurance product. In this post, we will discuss how this policy works and provide examples of the benefits it will provide now and in the future. Addressing Long Term Care Using Hybrid Insurance Plans Asset based …

June 26, 2014

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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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Recently, I was contacted by a prospective client who had been going without a Medicare supplement insurance policy for a few years. She was in good health and did not feel the urgency to purchase a plan that would help fill in the gaps of Medicare Parts A & B. In the insurance industry, it is …

March 18, 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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Each year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) make changes to Original Medicare that affect all Medicare supplement insurance polices – both old and new.  We highlight those changes below. Purchasing a Medicare supplement insurance policy can be a stressful endeavor.  Using our independent insurance brokerage and the information below, you can take …

December 11, 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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If you are in the workforce beyond age 65 and covered by your employer’s group health insurance coverage, it is important to be aware of your Medicare insurance options.  There are a few common penalties (both monetary and temporal) that you might face should you miss your enrollment deadlines. Penalties and Medicare enrollment delays can easily be …

September 12, 2012

Category: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, Retirement Planning

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It’s almost a new year which means changes to the Medicare Part A and B deductible amounts for 2012 are here.  The Part A deductible is increasing by a nominal amount, but the Part B deductible is decreasing. You read that correctly, the Part B deductible is going down which means that some Medicare supplement insurance plans …

November 22, 2011

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