A goal without a plan is mostly just a hope and a wish. So, do you have a retirement strategy or a retirement hope and wish?
We feel comfortable utilizing annuities to provide consistent income as part of a well designed retirement plan. Does this mean we believe that every retirement plan should [continued below video…]
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[continued…] have annuities? Of course not! If you are comfortable taking some stock market risk and you have ample core income from pensions or Social Security to cover your foundational income need, then an annuity may not be one of the better options for your situation.
Before pro-annuity owners or advisors start questioning our prior statement, we agree that there are additional savings and growth benefits to annuities beyond their ability to provide a lifetime of retirement income.
Annuities are not (typically) the whole answer to a solid retirement plan – nor are equities. We have however often spoken with many clients whose retirement plan is reliant upon the overall performance of the securities market and their simply hoping for a successful retirement outcome.
When in comes to retirement planning, our retirement number is 100%. Make sure you have done everything to insure you are 100% comfortable with your retirement plan and its 100% balanced to your goals and to the limits of downside risk you can accept.
5 things every retirement portfolio should have
While millions of people strive to achieve their own vision of retirement, the chaotic investment markets of the past 20 years left many more tired than retired.
To keep yourself on track, there are five critical areas that you need to conquer. They may seem straightforward, even obvious. But this isn’t about knowing how to define them. It’s about having an ironclad strategy for pursuing them.
It’s the start of baseball season and developing a successful and relevant retirement investment strategy is a lot like scouting ballplayers. In baseball, the ideal player is one who excels at all five skill areas of the game: hitting for power, hitting for batting average, fielding throwing and running. That special athlete who gets high grades in all areas is known as a “5-Tool Player.” They are hard to find.
Similarly, investors should aim for their retirement strategy to possess these five abilities. In future articles I will explore each of these in more depth, so you can start to personalize this approach for your own situation.
1. Consistent income
Years ago, retirees simply bought bonds, collected the coupon interest and lived happily ever after. But that fairy tale is over.
After over 30 years of falling interest rates, today’s income investor faces a similar situation predicament. Higher rates will be a vicious surprise to many as bonds produce negative returns (as some major bond indexes did in 2013). Even if bond rates stay in their current range, their income yields are quite low by retiree’s standards.
If rates continue to fall from these pathetically low levels, they can only go so far before hitting zero. Please don’t root for that to happen, as it will likely signal a deeper economic problem. And look for non-bond approaches to income.
Hint: dividends are taxed at rates that are often much lower than bond interest.
2. Preservation of capital
My number one rule of investing is to do whatever is in my control to avoid the “big loss.” But quantifying how much and over what time period is a big loss is a very personal preference.
To think it through, take the size of your portfolio and figure out what level it must drop to cause you to start freaking out. That’s a pretty good estimate. Many emotional, irrational retirement investing decisions occur when you get close to your big loss point and the feelings of fear and regret sneak up on you.
Read more… Thanks to Robert Isbitts and MarketWatch for this weeks article.
So knowing in advance what is your stress point is good preventive medicine.
Using OutCome Based Planning™ for Your Retirement
"The Annuity Guys will never call you unless you request our assistance". When you are ready for specialized help we will be available to assist you.. We practice and recommend a "Holistic - OutCome Based Planning™ process when considering annuities." This approach has the effect of balancing your overall portfolio with annuities so you can meet your retirement objectives by "first identifying the least amount of your investments or savings that should be considered for annuities." OutCome Based Planning™ analyzes and models multiple outcomes so you can clearly identify your best income and growth opportunities.
"Working with an Experienced Fiduciary Financial Planner can help you Avoid a Trial & Error or Risk Based Retirement"
If you have done a little internet research, you are probably aware that you can choose from hundreds of annuity advisors/salespeople who will try to convincingly promise you that they have the best annuities and advanced strategies for all of your money. Indeed, there are many advisors who claim to have "that one best solution, best annuity or best strategy; this, however, is not the way we approach or recommend that you do retirement and income planning" since we believe that there are many good solutions for you to consider. Our recommended process is directed towards looking at several plausible financial strategies with different successful outcomes based on your financial situation. This process helps you to compare and select one of the best solutions "that you are most comfortable with.
This type of approach does take considerably more time, effort and analysis which will show you mathematically the successful possibilities by comparing various outcomes rather than trying to sell or convince you of that "so-called one best solution." Clients frequently tell us that this process removes some of the confusion and emotion to help them objectively identify a better retirement plan; rather than just ending up with the most convincing salesperson or advisor.
When requesting help you can be assured of working with an experienced Annuity Guys' Retirement Planner who is an independent, licensed insurance agent and (also a securities licensed fiduciary financial planner) who has access to many different companies and annuities in helping you choose the best annuities using a holistic-outcome based planning approach. We consider the high quality advisor recommendations we make to our website visitors as a direct reflection back on us.