Timing is everything. Unfortunately, 99 percent people who say they are only in the stock market when it is going up and then get out just before it goes down got lucky once, are delusional or lie!
The level of recent volatility makes even the most staunch buy-and -hold investors take notice; and for those counting on their investments to fund an impending retirement, it can…[continued below video]
Video: Annuity Guys Dick and Eric talk about the roller coaster ride the market has experienced lately and how MarketFree® Annuities might help smooth out the ride.
**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.
…create extreme anxiety and sleepless nights. For near retirees who have enjoyed the recent bull market run and feel positive about their ability to fund a comfortable retirement. Now may be a great time to secure that retirement by protecting some of those gains.
In 2008 and 2009, we spoke with numerous pre-retirees who were distraught because their retirement plans were decimated when their IRAs and 401ks lost 20-50% over the course of just a few months. Discussions went from talking about traveling and spending time with family to serious deliberations about working longer and downsizing homes. Now, does volatility of this level imply that a correction or bear market is imminent? We are not so bold as to predict it; but would it be nice to not have to worry about it at all?
Some of the best conversations we have ever had were with clients who had allocated a portion of their portfolios to annuities in 2007. These clients were able to protect their gains by using MarketFree® Annuities thereby eliminating the market risk. By allocating a portion of their assets into annuities, they were able to smile knowing that they did not lose any of those annuity dollars during the severe market down turn of The Great Recession. In contrast to those who were directly in the stock market of 2008-2009 who lost their money our MarketFree® annuity clients were actually making money!
One of my favorite phone calls of all time was in 2010 from a client concerned because his annuity payment had increased and he wanted to make sure he could keep the money. What he had forgotten was that his annuity contract provided for an increase to his income when his annuity grew. He was ecstatic – not only did he survive the recession with all his assets intact, he actually benefited from the market downturn which allowed his indexed annuity to reset to the lower level in 2009 and produce gains without having to overcome the 30% losses of the stock market first.
Using a MarketFree® Annuity to protect principal and provide modest interest gains coupled with for life can be a solid strategy for both retirees and pre-retirees. This strategy removes the uncertainties of requiring market performance and replaces it with safety of principal, income predictability and some interest gains from upward market movements .