The closer you are to retiring, the easier it is predicting how much income you will need in retirement to be comfortable and enjoy the standard of living you are accustomed to – at least for the first five years or so. But what about the twenty-five to thirty years after that?
As you start budgeting for your retirement lifestyle, certainly you’ve considered the necessities like food and shelter. However, did you think about the fun things that you may have put off during your working years, like travel or golf, or in your later years the ever increasing cost of health care or long-term care? What about home maintenance or the purchase of a new vehicle? Further, is there a secure way to grow your future income that can keep pace with or exceed inflation? There is no substitute for a solid well thought out retirement plan with multiple contingencies.
**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.
Here’s a US News and World Report article.
What Are Your Real Retirement Costs?
A major element of the retirement planning process is calculating the amount of money you need to save in order to live the way you want to during retirement.
As you’re calculating your retirement savings goal, consider all of the potential expenses you may encounter after you retire. The more expenses you forget to include, the less reliable your planning will be. Here are five important yet often-overlooked retirement costs that you’ll want to consider.
Health Care and Long-Term Care
Right now, you may be covered by a health care plan through your employer–many people are. However, most employers don’t continue to carry health care coverage for retired employees. So if you’re planning to retire prior to Medicare’s current coverage age of 65, you definitely need to have a plan in place to pay for other coverage. If you’re in your 20s, 30s, or even 40s now, there’s every possibility your Medicare coverage age will be higher than 65. Plus, even people with Medicare and other health insurance coverage face out-of-pocket medical expenses.
And don’t forget long-term care. There are health conditions related to aging that aren’t covered by health insurance. If you require some form of long-term care to assist you with these health problems, you’ll either need to pay out of pocket or have a long-term care insurance policy.
Don’t be caught off guard when such costs arise. Make your plans and budget accordingly.
Home and Car Upkeep
A lot of people assume that retiring with a fully paid-off house and car means they’ll be free of housing and transportation expenses. That’s probably incorrect. If you retire at age 65 or 70, you could live 20 or 30 years or more beyond retirement– – and you won’t be the only one aging. Houses and cars will require repairs sometime along the way. Think roof, water heater, air conditioner, transmission, suspension, and fan belt, for starters, and you’ll have a more realistic expectation of what your housing and transportation expenses may be.
Once you’re retired, you’ll finally have the time to do the things you want to do. But that can be an expensive proposition. So you have to consider the ways you may want to spend time during retirement–such as hobbies–and arrange your budget so you’ll be able to afford it.
Some traditionally popular retirement pastimes are downright expensive, like travel, golf, and photography. Others could be cheaper but still may require an initial outlay for supplies and/or lessons. It’s difficult to predict what may interest you in 10, 20, 30, or 40 years, let alone what you’ll physically be able to do. One way to ensure you’ll be able to afford at least one hobby is to plan for an expensive pursuit — like golf, sailing or travel–and use it as a means of figuring your potential expenses. You may never swing a golf club or sail a boat, but you’ll have a robust budget ready when it’s time to identify and pursue your passion. [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.
They are insurance products that require a premium to be paid for purchase.
Annuities do not accept or receive deposits and are not to be confused with bank issued financial instruments.
During all video segments, Dick and Eric are referring to Fixed Annuities unless otherwise specified.
*Retirement Planning and annuity purchase assistance may be provided by Eric Judy or by referral to a recommended, experienced, Fiduciary Investment Advisor in helping our website visitors. Dick Van Dyke semi-retired from his Investment Advisory Practice in 2012 and now focuses on this website. He still maintains his insurance license in good standing and assists his current clients.
Our vetted and recommended Fiduciary Financial Planners are required to be properly licensed in assisting clients with their annuity and retirement planning needs. (Due diligence as a client is still always necessary when working with any advisor to check their current standing.)
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