Can Annuities Help You Avoid the 2016 Crash?… Absolutely!
If you think like many Americans and some economic experts that a crash is coming in 2016 to the equities market and you would like to move some of your assets to a safer place, fixed and fixed index annuities (FIA) could be a viable option for those investment dollars. Fixed annuities and FIAs have the ability to offer **guaranteed rates of growth that typically exceed…[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]… what you can find from any banking institution presently by two to six times their interest rate growth. Fixed index annuities allow for a participation in the upside of many equity indices without having investment risk from those indices should the equity market correct or even crash.
Many FIAs allow you to choose from a variety of growth options that allow you the flexibility of choosing a fixed interest growth rate in one year and the option of choosing index based growth for greater growth potential in another year. So, the majority of fixed index annuities provide for re-allocation annually based upon your individual preference or with some guidance from your advisor.
Should you take all of your money out of the equities market? For most people the answer is no. Historically the stock market has produced higher positive returns over the long haul… So as long as you have the time to recover from losses in a protracted downturn that will not impact your lifestyle or health, you may elect to keep money in the market and hopefully ride out the downturns. We are not fans of trying to time the market since repeated studies and most active management results have shown that it is virtually impossible to do so. However, we know that with fixed and fixed index annuities you no longer have to even try. Since, you can get interest growth from a portion of a market index that is rising with NO market index downside risk.
Article from Seeking Alpha, January 7, 2016
Could This Be 2008 Again?
- Investors are very nervous again, especially as they see another huge crash happening in China.
- The current economic problems can be best observed in the energy and commodities markets, which have crashed.
- However, the situation is very different from 2008, and this time central bankers will have no choice but to intervene before things get out of control.
People are starting to get nervous, especially when they are looking at another 7% crash in China. George Soros said it sounds like 2008 again. Of course, one day it will be the end of the world, at least financially, and many times there will be deep crises which will panic people so badly that they will feel like it is the end of the world. It is inevitable to have such episodes once in a while.
But can this time things get so bad that would be another end-of-world scenario like 2008? 2008 didn’t start well. 2016 hasn’t started well at all. If at least the start, or the first quarter, is to resemble 2008 then 2016 can have further to go, downwards (as can be seen in the chart of the S&P 500).
There are several worrying real issues out there to which we do not know what may be the outcome a few months from now. One is the economic and financial unraveling that seems to be going on in China. Another is the energy and commodities crash that seems to continue, at least for now. And what is actually most important is that asset valuations in some parts of the rich world are quite high, compared to historical levels, and can therefore easily fall to lower levels. […Read More at Seeking Alpha]