Remember the yellow page ads from years ago – “Let your fingers do the walking, it’s a snap!”
The yellow pages still exist in the phone book (I think), but how often do you use them to make a crucial decision when choosing a professional that specializes? Would you rather choose a doctor or dentist based on the best advertising or would you rather ask a few friends and co-workers or even other professionals from related fields of expertise?
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Today, most of us have replaced the yellow pages with the internet. We Google-it now to find the information we need. The Internet can give us reviews and information about all sorts of products, services, and professionals – however, is it really any better than the old phone book? Actually, it’s much better! Yet, it is not likely to ever replace a quality referral from a trusted source and finding a retirement planning expert is no exception – a great retirement advisor can easily make the difference of barely surviving or thriving throughout retirement. Thus, do not skip the referral advantage when it comes to retirement planning!
Prior to picking a great retirement advisor make sure to talk with a few friends who are already retired. Solicit information from professionals in related fields like attorneys and accountants. We tell people to take their time planning for retirement, because typically they only get to do it once. A good retirement advisor will take the time to listen to your goals and dreams and then help you to craft a plan that has the highest degree of success.
A great advisor will examine a variety of products and options to construct a prudent plan that can meet your goals and objectives with the highest degree of certainty and **guarantees while offering flexibility for unexpected needs. The best advisors don’t promise more than they can deliver and if it sounds too good to be true, beware.
Picking a great retirement advisor is not an impossible task, there are many great advisors out there. Just ask.
Here is another helpful article on choosing the right advisor.
Is Your Adviser Still Right for Your Retirement?
The financial pro who gets you to your golden years may not be the right one to get you through them. Here’s how to tell.
By GLENN RUFFENACH
Let’s say you get a call from your financial planner, who, concerned that markets are significantly overvalued, has decided to park 20 percent of your portfolio in cash. Your first reaction might be, “Sure, that sounds prudent.” But, in fact, it might not be. Your planner may be giving the same blanket advice to all his clients the ones preparing for retirement now as well as those who are already retired and tapping their savings.
And if that’s the case, you might want to find a new adviser.
Yes, even if you have a good relationship with your financial planner perhaps especially if you do now is the time to consider: Is the person helping you prepare for later life really the best person to get you through that period? The answer, frankly, is often no.
For the past 30 years, the majority of financial planners have been doing primarily one thing: helping millions of baby boomers build a nest egg. That’s good. We’ve needed that
Problem is, the distribution phase of retirement the time when you withdraw funds from savings makes the accumulation part look like child’s play, says Michael Gilbert, chief executive of Gilbert Advanced Asset Management in Kingsport, Tenn. When you’re working, your paycheck allows you to ride out periodic declines in your investments. But once you retire, you can’t afford a portfolio or an adviser that asks you to sit patiently through bear markets.
Take our starting example of a nest egg with one-fifth of its holdings in cash. If you’re retired and pulling a steady 4 percent from your savings each year (traditionally considered a safe withdrawal rate), and if the return on the cash portion of your portfolio is zero, you end up losing 4 percent on that chunk of savings. But if your financial planner invests that same money in the bond market and can get close to a 4 percent return you aren’t eating into your principal. “It’s the difference between a total-return manager and a retirement-income manager,” says Charles Farrell, a principal with Northstar Investment Advisors in Denver.
The former, which best describes the bulk of financial planners today, puts your money in the markets, diversifies and waits. And that works well if you have a long time horizon and don’t need the money. The latter is (or should be) focused on several chores at once: producing income, reducing taxes and growing your portfolio, “all for 20 to 30 years, regardless of market conditions,” Farrell adds. “That’s hard work.”
Indeed it is. And horsepower appears to be in short supply. “Do we have sufficient numbers of advisers with the needed expertise? I don’t think so,” says Craig L. Israelsen, an associate professor at Brigham Young University who teaches personal and family finance. Too often, he says, investors, no matter what stage of life they’re in, “get the same medicine,” the same financial strategies.
Don’t misunderstand: We aren’t recommending you dump your adviser tomorrow. But if you’re getting ready to retire, you need to ask him or her some pointed questions.
“How will we create income in retirement?” What you don’t want to hear, says Gilbert, is that an adviser is simply attaching an automatic 4 percent distribution strategy to your savings, adjusted annually for inflation. If you’re unlucky enough to retire into a lengthy bear market, your nest egg could expire long before you do. A better approach and again, one that takes time and effort is to assemble a diverse basket of income-producing securities (dividend-paying stocks, bond funds, master-limited partnerships) that yield both a stable “salary” and long-term growth. And speaking of income…
“What do we do when the sky falls?” Here, you want to pin down your adviser about potential sources of income for when the next economic calamity hits. (And it will.) Experts recommend getting your planner to articulate her strategy for sheltering your money in worst-case scenarios. And asking questions like these: What does my portfolio look like if markets fall 50 percent? How would I get distributions? What **guaranteed streams of revenue are built in? The answers, Farrell says, are not something to learn after the fact.
“Have you put my portfolio through a stress test?” As part of a recent study, Israelsen compared two mutual fund^s, each with a starting investment of $100,000. Both funds, over the course of a decade, had identical annualized returns of 5 percent. But when he applied a real-world test to each withdrawing $5,000 at the end of each year the two funds had very different ending balances: approximately $68,000 and $101,000, respectively. The former, as it turns out, had steep losses early in the 10-year period. The lesson: A nest egg can look quite good on paper, he says. But when you subject it to stress (withdrawals, different levels of inflation, taxes), that’s when you see just how durable a portfolio really is.
Of course, whether you realize it or not, you’ve almost surely been down this road before. When you were young, a family pediatrician or, say, a high school coach provided the help you needed when it came to your health or developing your athletic skills. But once you moved beyond those years, you needed doctors and mentors with different, and sometimes more sophisticated, abilities. That same kind of thinking applies to your retirement.
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.
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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 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"...
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*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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