The Golden Years – those days we will get to spend relaxing, traveling the world, and reaping the benefits of our years laboring to sock away dollars for retirement. With some expense planning, we know just how much income is needed to enjoy the lifestyle we so justly deserve. However, the bigger question is… [continued below video]
Video: The Annuity Guys, Dick and Eric, examine how MarketFree® Fixed Index Annuities can be structured to hedge against inflation in retirement.
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.
…for how long? The typical baby boomer will, in all likelihood, spend over 20 years enjoying their golden years.
Do you remember what a gallon of milk cost 20 years ago? Just under $2.00 compared to over $3.50 today. The average new car cost was just over $15,000 while today the average cost is over $30,000.
MarketFree® annuities are frequently used for income yet many people do not realize that they can be structured to help hedge against the loss of purchasing power due to inflation. Even annuities that have a level payout can be “laddered” to create an increasing income plan where additional “income rungs” are turned on when additional income is needed. Laddered plans typically utilize a combination of annuity types with the 2nd and 3rd rungs often using **guaranteed roll-up annuities to insure income growth that can hopefully keep pace with or possibly exceed inflation.
Another annuity design that can be used to help offset the effects of inflation utilizes cost of living adjustment (COLA) provisions of the annuity for growth, annuitization or an income rider to generate an increasing income. Some of the annuities use a formula tied to a cost of living index such as the consumer price index while still others provide growth at a predictable preset percentage each year – typically 2-3%. It is not unusual for annuities that provide increasing income to start somewhat lower than level payout annuities; however, they can significantly outpace the lifetime income amounts of a level income annuity if the owner lives a good long life.
While annuities do not have the full upside of the stock market when it comes to fighting the ravages of inflation, they also can never lose what is gained or go backward on one’s principal. Using MarketFree® annuities to further diversify can make sense as part of a safer and more secure income plan. And, when properly designed, it will go a long ways toward preserving the purchasing power of retirees in their golden years.
My grandfather always reminds me that a hamburger only used to cost him ten cents when he was young and not the few dollars it costs today. While this is a familiar story to many people, the hidden lesson is the impact of inflation over a lifetime. While inflation typically only slightly increases the cost of goods and services from year to year, it represents a serious risk and challenge for retirement income planning, as its impact is magnified over an extended period of time. For example, if an item costs $1 today, after one year of 5% inflation it would cost $1.05. However, after ten years of 5% inflation that $1 item would cost nearly $1.63. The impact of inflation is often referred to as a decline in purchasing power, as one dollar does not buy as much in ten years as it does today. A retirement income plan that does not take into account inflation and the potential decline of purchasing power could meet the retirement needs of the client early in retirement but fail to meet his or her needs ten to fifteen years into retirement. However, there are a variety of strategies that can be leveraged in order to better insulate a retirement income plan against the negative impacts of inflation.
The average U.S. inflation rate from 1913 until 2013 was a mere 3.22%. However, international rates over this time were much higher. Furthermore, inflation rates in the U.S. have varied a lot over this period, with the highest 30 year average being 5.44% and the lowest 30 year average being 0.78%. While the cumulative impact of an average annual inflation between .78% and 5.44% over 30 years is huge, the U.S. has managed to avoid prolonged periods of hyper-inflation over the past 100 years, an issue that has plagued other countries such as Brazil, which experienced annual inflation in 1990 of 30,377% (and no, that is not a typo). Hyper-inflation can have a tremendous impact on retirees, rapidly evaporating their purchasing power and leaving them without sufficient retirement income to meet their required expenses. While hyper-inflation is difficult to protect against, as it will cause a widespread shock to the financial system, inflation must be accounted for when planning for retirement. [Read More at Forbes.com…]
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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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.
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 an Annuity Guy's 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 an Annuity Guys' retirement and annuity advisor 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 Annuity Guys® 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 annuity and retirement advisors out of about two hundred licensed insurance agents that we eliminated. Your survey feedback is what helps us make these tough decisions. The Annuity Guys advisors have an independent financial practice, specializing in annuities and retirement planning, which helps ensure that you are given the best annuity 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 annuities for income, inflation, growth, return of principal, and tax advantage. Typically, there is not just one annuity that can accomplish all of these objectives. It is how an annuity 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 annuities 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 an annuity 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 annuities 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 annuity specialist;
- Do not settle for that one dubious best plan or annuity 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 annuity specialist must answer before helping you select the best annuities for your situation;
- Watch this telling video "Avoid Annuity Gimmicks, Amateurs and Charlatans"...
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