The Department of Labor (DOL) was in the news a few years ago with a push to require fiduciary standards for annuity insurance agents working with tax qualified accounts like 401Ks, IRAs, 403Bs, etc. This may have confused some investors looking for a true fiduciary financial planner who is series 65 licensed as a Registered Investment Adviser to assist with holistic balanced financial planning as a fiduciary for their retirement. The DOL rule also would not have extended to retirement savings that are not in tax qualified accounts, possibly causing further confusion!
Intuitively, most of us have a negative connotation with a salesperson/agent selling us an investment product or an insurance annuity – using their persuasive pressure “supposedly for our retirement’s benefit” verses being… [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] …fairly advised and informed of investment or annuity pros and cons in a no-pressure or hype planning process by a fiduciary financial planner who advises you with a balanced and holistic planning approach on such important retirement decisions.
Caveat Emptor, the Latin version of “buyer beware”, is the watchword for knowing who you are working with when it comes to choosing annuities or planning your retirement. Most folks are not aware that the odds are about *ten to one in favor of ending up with a sales rep or agent by default, rather than consciously choosing “a preferred true fiduciary planner” from the broad field of financial service providers.
In today’s marketplace, many sales agents brand themselves with descriptions like Retirement Specialists, Retirement Planners, Retirement Experts, Annuity Specialists, etc. Rarely, if ever, based on our field observations, does an annuity sales agent say frankly that they are primarily an annuity salesperson!
This can be very confusing to investors who want fair, honest advice from someone that is licensed as a true financial planner. So, how do you tell one from the other? Simple. You must ask the right questions and get your answers in writing, an email or snail-mail will usually suffice.
What to ask:
- Are you a Fiduciary Financial Planner? Answer – Yes
- What licensing do you have? Answer – Series 65 is a must, others are a plus.
- Are you licensed to sell annuities? Answer – Yes
- Have you earned any financial credentials? Answer – Yes
- If so, what are their credentials? Answer – CFP or RICP (may help)
- How many years of experience do you have? Answer – More’s better
- Are you willing to provide client references? Answer – Yes
- Will you put your answers in writing for me? Answer – Yes
Advisors licensed only as a sales oriented securities broker, registered rep, or insurance agent, are not fiduciary financial planners! Most work on a much lower legal standard of Suitability which does not require full disclosure and only requires a suitable product sale, NOT what’s best for their client!
Fiduciary Financial Planners by law are subject to the highest standard of financial planning and investment advice accountability. Hence, clients of a fiduciary planner will know that their advisor is required legally to work strictly for their highest benefit.
The fiduciary legal standard is also referred to as the “prudent man rule”, which in simple terms means that by licensing as a Series 65 Investment Advisor and Financial Planner, they must give their clients the best advice they can based on all the knowledge they possess and information they have access to – the same way they would advise and help close friends or family members.
Fiduciaries also must disclose all known conflicts of interest that could potentially bias their advice, such as – selling financial products that pay them higher commissions with higher fees or costs, and their lack of investment product availability for their clients’ needs, just to name a few.
Choosing your advisor can have “The Largest Single Impact on Your Retirement’s Success or Failure”.
*Fiduciary Financial Planners: We estimate at less than 10% of total US financial advisors based on industry statistics aggregated from various websites readily available on Google. The other estimated 90% of financial service providers are salespeople such as brokers, bank reps, registered reps and insurance agents.
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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