By protecting your income foundation with an annuity or annuities — and we include Social Security and/or a pension as non-commercial lifetime income annuities – you have established an income floor you cannot fall below for the remainder of your life. This floor is protected no matter what the economic circumstances. By creating this income floor, you allow for greater flexibility in retirement portfolio construction and greatly reduce the risk of loss presented by… [continued below video]
[continued] …unfavorable market returns. The flexibility of taking additional withdrawals for non-essential needs when returns are good; and otherwise, forgoing or limiting withdrawals from assets creates a greater chance for your preferred lifestyle to be successful in retirement.
As for annuities, the financial comfort created by the knowledge that your check is coming each and every month for as long as you live, shall we say, is priceless!
Life insurance companies are the only viable options to take longevity risk off the table because they operate on both sides of the longevity equation. The longer that someone lives, the more the insurance company pays in annuity benefits. However, conversely, it also delays the amount of death claims paid out and has longer time periods when life insurance premiums are being paid in keeping the actuarial needs of the insurance company in balance.
“Only a lifetime income annuity can optimize income over the indefinite period of a human life.” – Menahem Yaari
Annuity advocate Tom Hegna, the author of Pay Checks and Play Checks, cited the research of Menahem Yaari and insisted that it is a mathematical and economic fact that the only way a retiree can address the risks of retirement income needs effectively is through the ownership of a lifetime income annuity. Hegna stated that longevity risk is the number one risk in retirement. He argued that failure to address longevity risk multiplies the impact of other retirement risk elements including market risk, order of return risk, withdrawal rate risk, interest rate risk, inflation risk, and deflation risk.
Need more research on annuities and longevity? Check out this paper by Jeffrey Brown on Life Annuities and Uncertain Lifetimes.
As the baby boom generation begins the transition into retirement, concerns about retirement income security are rising in importance on the agenda of policymakers and academic researchers across the globe. Recent decades have witnessed many changes to the retirement income landscape, including the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pension plans in the United States and the introduction of personal accounts as part of public pensions systems in dozens of other countries. A common theme in these changes has been a shift toward increased individual self-reliance in retirement planning.
While researchers and policymakers have placed enormous attention on the accumulation phase of retirement accounts, such as how individuals save and invest, they are becoming increasingly aware that asset accumulation is only part of the retirement security equation. The other part is how individuals convert their accumulated savings into a retirement consumption stream, particularly when most of us do not know how long we will live. Indeed, uncertainty about length-of-life is one of the most significant sources of financial risk facing today’s retirees.
Dramatic advances in life expectancy over the last century mean that today’s typical 65-year old man and woman can expect to live to age 81 and 85 respectively. Perhaps even more striking is the fact that almost a fifth of 65-year-old men and nearly one-third of 65-year-old women will live to age 90 or beyond. Without appropriate financial planning during retirement, increased longevity means that individuals face a greater risk of being forced to substantially reduce their living standards at advanced ages.
Life annuities are financial instruments that allow an individual to exchange a stock of wealth for a stream of income that continues for life. An annuity provider, such as an insurance company or the government, pools the resources of annuitants and uses the resources of those who die young to fund increased consumption for those who live a long time. Because of their ability to insure against the consumption uncertainty that arises from longevity risk, life annuities have played an important role in economic models of consumption for at least four decades, and recently have begun to attract considerable policy attention as well. This article provides a brief summary of the rapidly growing body of research dedicated to better understanding annuity markets in the United States and abroad. [Read More…]
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.
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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.
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