A cardinal rule of etiquette we all have heard and usually with some degree of sarcasm is “never talk about religion or politics”. We all know how these subjects can be highly contentious and typically result in heated arguments or hurt feelings instead of a meeting of the minds.
So, it is with some trepidation that we wander into the minefield of the 2016 presidential election to look at the question, “Will your retirement be safe with Trump or Clinton?” In case you were wondering,… [continued below video]
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[continued]… we don’t make any endorsements. We simply look at the some of the positions that the candidates have taken and attempt to extrapolate the potential impact on our country’s retirees.
Unfortunately, many of the key issues for retirees are being largely ignored; hence, we are left to come to our own conclusions on future concerns such as Social Security, the national debt, and low interest rates on savings while the candidates throw ever increasing amounts of mud at one another.
Therefore, as a retiree, is there a safer haven that can provide protection from the potential impact of a Clinton or Trump presidency? Yes, in fact there is! While no single product is a perfect solution, we believe fixed and fixed-index annuities are a good option for a defensive position that can provide reliable future income or *safe growth as needed. As you have probably heard many times during your lifetime – the best offense is a good defense – and while fixed and indexed annuities may not hold the market’s attraction of double digit gain potential, these annuities can provide reasonable growth and **guaranteed income while simultaneously protecting you defensively from double digit market losses.
Presidential Election ‘Biggest Threat’ to U.S. Economy for Most Americans
Americans think the next president could have a profound impact on the economy, for better or worse, according to a new study.
By Andrew Soergel | Economy Reporter US News
The vast majority of Americans see the upcoming presidential election as the single greatest threat to the country’s economic well-being, according to a new report published Tuesday by Bankrate.
About 6 in 10 Democrats and 7 in 10 Republicans said “the outcome of the presidential election” would be the “biggest threat to the U.S. economy over the next six months” out of more than 1,000 respondents surveyed in Bankrate’s latest poll.
About 12 percent of all respondents said “terrorism” was their largest concern, while 9 percent cited “struggling overseas economies” and 8 percent worried over a “decline in the stock market.”
“Surprisingly, the outcome of the presidential election was the runaway choice as the biggest threat to the economy over the next 6 months among every age group, income group, ethnic group, political affiliation, and regardless of gender,” Bankrate said in a press release Tuesday. “Older millennials, those ages 26-35, and younger baby boomers, ages 52-61, were most likely to name this as the biggest threat economically.”
Bankrate also tracked Americans’ sense of financial security, the results of which help explain why so many respondents feel so antsy about the election. The company’s Financial Security Index, which surveys Americans’ feelings about personal debt, savings, net worth and job security, dropped in September to its lowest level in more than two years. With so many across the country on edge over their own finances, it’s not surprising to see anxiety over such a significant and contentious upcoming election.[…Read More at US News]
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