The biggest challenge to a successful retirement is living too long and running out of money – regardless of how much money one may have accumulated for retirement.
Fixed Annuities (non-variable), when properly structured, provide two elements that safeguard retirements – lifetime income **guarantees and safer growth without the risk of investment loss to principal. One of the greatest determining factors in whether or not a retiree will have enough money through retirement are the unpredictable…[continued below video]
**Guarantees, including optional benefits, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer, and may contain limitations, including surrender charges, which may affect policy values. During this segment, Dick and Eric are referring to Fixed Annuities unless otherwise specified.
[continued] …sequence of returns as withdrawals are taken from their investment portfolio – rather than just the overall rate of return risk for the life of the portfolio.
Eric’s Sequence of Returns Calculator Link.
There are oodles of examples on the internet of how negative returns in the early years of retirement can have catastrophic results on a retirement plan built heavily on the performance of equities. If you want to insure a greater likelihood of retirement success, then simply reduce the level of risk in your portfolio. You can de-riskify your portfolio by adding fixed income assets such as annuities and holding them to maturity or by adding income options that go beyond maturity.
The multitude of annuities can sometimes lead to a level of confusion when trying to determine the correct annuity for your needs. All annuities have the ability to provide a lifetime income through annuitization; however, the more recent options provide lifetime income **guarantees through the use of policy riders rather than having to surrender control of your asset to the insurance company.
In addition, there are types of annuities including fixed and fixed index-annuities that provide for asset growth while preventing any loss of principal. For retirees in their early retirement years, safeguarding their portfolio from loss can be of paramount importance. The idea of capturing gains when the indexes are doing well and then not suffering any losses when the indexes go negative is particularly appealing to retirees who understand the potential impact of how a negative sequence of returns can impact their entire retirement.
Here is an article from MarketWatch on the issues of sequence of return risk.
How to avoid sequence-of-return risk
It’s important in comedy. It’s equally if not more important in retirement. In essence, we’re talking about the timing of your retirement and how much you plan to withdraw from your retirement accounts.
Get the timing right and your money is likely to last over the course of your household’s entire retirement. Get the timing wrong and your money, sorry to be the bearer of bad news again, isn’t going to last over the course of your lifetime.
So says Wade Pfau, a professor of retirement income at The American College. In a recent blog post, Pfau ran some numbers, Monte Carlo simulations, to show the effects of what’s called sequence-of-return risk.
In one case, he showed what would happen to 151 hypothetical investors who work and save the same amount for 30 years and get 30 years of market returns, but who differ only in which 30-year period they worked and saved in a 180-year simulated historical time frame.
And what he found was this: Those hypothetical investors could expect to build on average a nest egg equal to 10 times their salary, but the outcome ranged from a little less than three times salary to more than 27 times salary. “These are very different outcomes for people who otherwise behaved exactly the same,” Pfau wrote.
What’s more, Pfau noted that in some cases, the hypothetical investor who retired one year after the one who accumulated 27 times their salary built a nest egg of just 17 times their salary. In other words, there’s a bit of serendipity going here for all us saving for and hoping to live in retirement. And in some cases, investors might miss their chance to reach their savings goal after 30 years, wrote Pfau.
“This is sequence of returns risk,” wrote Pfau. “People are more vulnerable to the returns experienced when their portfolios are larger because a given percentage change has a bigger impact on absolute wealth. A big portfolio drop at the end could possibly wipe out all of the portfolio gains from the first 25 years of one’s career.”
Well, according to Pfau, the same risk exists in retirement, and perhaps even more strongly, if retirees are using a constant inflation-adjusted withdrawal strategy, Pfau wrote. Using Monte Carlo simulations, he showed that for his 151 hypothetical retirees, the actual maximum sustainable withdrawal rates over 30-years ranged anywhere from 1.9% to 10.9% “for reasons beyond one’s control reflected simply by the luck of when they retired.” [Read More…]
Using OutCome Based Planning™ for Your Retirement
We practice and recommend a "Holistic - OutCome Based Planning™ process when considering annuities." This approach has the effect of balancing your overall portfolio so you can meet your retirement objectives by "first identifying the least amount of your investments or savings (if any) 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.
"The Annuity Guys will only call if you request help". Hence, when you are ready for specialized help we will be available."Working with an Experienced Fiduciary Financial Planner can help you Avoid a Trial & Error or Risk Based Retirement"
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 independently insurance licensed and securities licensed as a fiduciary financial planner having access to the vast majority of annuity companies 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 our commitment to serve all client's with a high standard of excellence in financial planning for retirement.
Based on survey feedback on advisors from our website visitors, we eliminated about two-hundred local advisors and now only recommend a few that we consider experienced vetted Annuity Guys' Fiduciary Advisors. Many local advisors continue requesting us to recommend them as a vetted advisor. However, our reputation and future business is driven only by satisfied website visitors. So, unfortunately we've had to tell the vast majority of local advisors no, since we changed our business model four years ago. At that time we stopped trying to satisfy everyone with local advisors, we now primarily work with individuals who are comfortable using today's internet technology to their fullest advantage by working with a select group of vetted, experienced and knowledgeable Annuity Guys' Fiduciary Planners.
Selecting the Best Annuity & Retirement Income Advisor
Are you willing to work with one of our retirement and annuity advisors based on their experience and expertise as a first priority rather than being limited by a local or regional area? The good news is that technology has forever eliminated our geographical limitations and leveled the playing field for everyone! As a result of today's technological advances, all of us can now work confidently with experts in any field including personal finance. We are no longer confined by regional or local boundaries limiting our choices and ultimate success. A high quality advisor is now as close as a click or phone call away.
"There is no room for trial and error when it comes to choosing MarketFree® Annuities or a Successful Retirement Planner."
"There are no undo buttons in retirement so it is vitally important that you do it right the first time!"
We are fortunate to have a select few who we believe are truly the highest qualified advisors out of about two hundred licensed insurance agents that we eliminated. Your survey feedback is what helps us make these tough decisions. Our advisors have an independent financial practice, specializing in annuities and retirement planning, which helps ensure that you are given the best options available for your retirement planning.
"It takes an experienced expert to know how to structure annuities for income, inflation, growth, return of principal, and tax advantage."
"Anyone can sell you an annuity; however, it takes a truly qualified and experienced advisor to know how to structure them for income, inflation, growth, return of principal, and tax advantage. Typically, there is not just one that can accomplish all of these objectives. It is how an advisor structures multiple annuities in balancing your total portfolio that makes it possible to achieve your most important retirement objectives."
Why Searching for the Best Annuities on Your Own Can be so Frustrating...Almost everyone nowadays turns to the internet for answers on everything - from buying new widgets to researching just about everything under the sun; and finding the best annuity is no exception!At first, it may seem that researching will be straightforward but the more time you spend researching them, the more frustrating it can be. Why is this? First of all, it does not take long to realize that gimmicks abound - such as warnings and alerts from salesmen who just want your attention so they can sell you one or the "too good to be true" claims of 8% to 14% **guaranteed interest and of course the claim that you can get the full market upside with no downside risk! If you have done any research you have heard all of these claims in advertising which are mostly half truths and not fully explained.So how can you find the best annuities on the internet? The truth is... you can't! And what is even more frustrating is all the conflicting points of view from so called experts. There are well over 6,000 different annuities - all designed for different reasons, so is it any wonder that the deck is stacked against the average researcher or do-it-yourselfer. Add to that the fact that they pay high enough commissions to attract a plethora of both good and bad agents. This does not make annuities good or bad; they are simply a financial tool that truly benefit those who use them correctly.How can you find the best annuities for your unique situation?
- Use the internet cautiously;
- Work with a vetted and experienced specialist;
- Do not settle for that one dubious best plan. Compare multiple Outcome Based Plans to decide on the one that is truly best for you;
- Be keenly aware of scare tactics and hyperbole - avoid those advisors and websites;
- Avoid websites that are focused on rushing free reports, rates and quotes to get your contact information they are rushing you to speak with them, instead, take your time and choose someone you are more comfortable with that works on your time-table;
- Know the Five Vital Factors (listed above) that an experienced specialist must answer before helping you select the best options for your situation;
- Watch this telling video "Avoid Annuity Gimmicks, Amateurs and Charlatans"...
** Guarantees, including optional benefits, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer, and may contain limitations, including surrender charges, which may affect policy values. Annuities are not FDIC insured and it is possible to lose money.
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Annuities do not accept or receive deposits and are not to be confused with bank issued financial instruments.
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