Let’s be honest, there are plenty of reason why someone should not buy an annuity. As Annuity Guys, we understand that there are numerous times when an annuity might not fit the goal of the interested party and part of our job as a Financial Advisor or insurance agent is to counsel clients and web site visitors toward other alternatives when the fit is not right.
There are numerous financial products available; and yes, we feel annuities should be examined as an option for a portion of a well-designed retirement plan – to determine if it fits or not.
Here are our Top Five Reason to definitely NOT buy an annuity.
- Too old or too young;
- A lack of sufficient assets;
- Expectation of an unrealistically high return;
- Probability of needing annuity dollars prior to maturity;
- Missing a reasonable cursory understanding of how annuities work.
At our core, we believe in… [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] …holistic financial planning that works toward designing a solution to meet a client’s financial goals. That means we occasionally have to tell clients – “No, an annuity cannot help you accomplish that goal or an annuity is not the better choice for solving your objectives.”
This is when we usually get asked, “but aren’t you the Annuity Guys?” Yes, we are Annuity Guys and we know that annuities are not the evil products that some biased brokers make them out to be. They can be part of a solution, but sometimes when they are misapplied they become part of the problem. So our counsel to you would be to make sure that you are working with an advisor who can show you multiple planning scenarios for success and they can explain why they excluded and included specific products in their recommendations.
You have heard the old saying, “you can’t have your cake and eat it too!” But what if you could?
Retirees often desire lifetime income **guarantees while maintaining their principal balance – which has been possible with some annuity strategies – even in this low interest rate environment if income expectations are inline with assets. The greatest challenge recently has been the ability for annuities or banking products to grow at a level commensurate with the level of return required to meet the income desires of the annuity owner. The key element to this equation is not one we often discuss with fixed annuities and that is the element of growth potential verses **guarantees. Before we go too much further… [Read More]
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.
"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 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.