Considering all that is going on today, “pre-retirees may be asking questions about the impact of a stock market sell-off on their retirement savings”, and if there are “any steps that can be taken to protect savings and investments against future volatility.” This week’s article tells us “it’s a sobering reminder that volatility can strike at any time” and “it’s still important to protect your retirement portfolio against those lows.” Pre-retirees can work “to diversify their portfolio in a way that distributes risk” and “it’s even possible to build in some principal protection with the inclusion of insurance products that guarantee income.” How can that be, you might ask, someone has to incur the loss of market downturns. Here, with FIA’s “the insurance company absorbs the risk of market downturns, guaranteeing a minimum floor, and protecting contract holders from market losses.” If this is of interest to you, or you think that you would benefit from principal protection and income for life, call us. We’re always here to help.
This week’s article discusses a type of “retirement plan” that some Americans who have had their retirement savings wiped out by COVID are engaging in, and that plan simply involves moving in with their millennial children. Instead, if you are looking to shore up your retirement savings with products where your principal is protected from market declines, and that can provide you with a guaranteed income you can’t outlive, call us. We’re always here to help.
This week’s article helps explain why the “economic gut punch of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt by retirees.” “With the U.S. economy staring at a recession and the stock market having plunged more than 25% from its peak in February, retirees have seen the value of their retirement funds badly eroded and are looking for ways to generate cash for their living expenses.” Call us if you are trying to regain your footing. We may have some ideas that can help in situations like this. We’re always here to help.
Insurance takes many forms, from covering our homes to our lives, and one form of insurance that we have received many questions on over the past few months relates to Life Insurance. This week’s article tells us that when a study was conducted in 2018 “Half of all consumers say they are more likely to purchase life insurance if priced without a physical examination.” There are pros and cons to different types of Life Insurance coverage. Call us if you have any questions about what you own, or would like to discuss what you believe your needs are. We are aware of options that will likely serve your purpose, and also help you during your retirement years.
We speak a lot about annuities and are often asked to describe the type of person who benefits from owning one. In responding, we often say they benefit both “the Builder” and “the Protector”. A Builder can be described as the person nearing retirement, concerned about risk exposure, and someone wanting growth opportunities. A Protector can be described as the person entering retirement, wanting supplemental income, and looking for flexibility. So we ask you, are you a Builder or a Protector? Call us, we’re always here to help explain more about options that will help you fulfill your goals regardless of where you are in your retirement planning.
The approach to retirement is a balancing act between growing and protecting assets. In general, the closer we get to taking retirement income, the more the balance tends to shift toward protecting years of hard-earned dollars. That balance may be more relevant now than ever. Call us if you’d like to discuss what options you have where your principal is protected and your risk is lower. We’re always here to help.
We’re being told the reopening process is being done with “tremendous gusto and vigor,” but have we forgotten how to join in and left our gusto by the wayside? The dictionary tells us that we can do many things with gusto, or hearty enthusiasm, whether it’s playing a game or cheering someone on. Since the 17th century gusto has been helping speakers describe things that are done with vigor and enthusiasm. The doors are opening, slowly but surely. Maybe it’s time to go out and eat a steak with ‘gusto’ and get the flavor of life back again.
We can’t control the impact Covid-19 has had on our savings, so maybe it’s time to come up with a plan and move forward. Yahoo finance shows us that the stock market is down 20% to 30% from the beginning of the year. The bond market is flat or down and not offsetting the stock market losses. The yield on the 10-year Treasuries has been below 1% for weeks. If we apply all of this to a typical IRA or other retirement account, most likely the losses are more than 15%. This means that whatever percentage you were planning on withdrawing in your retirement either has to decrease, or what you end up with is less. Either way we need to talk. It’s time to come up with a plan on plugging that hole. Call us, we have some ideas.
We’ve always told you that we are here to help. That means in connection with choosing retirement savings options that make you feel good about your future. But that also means to provide assistance in any way we can while you are staying at home. Need help with something? Call us, we are here for you.
We are receiving calls from clients fearful that their market losses are going to require them to claim social security benefits years earlier than they had otherwise planned. This has an impact on their long term income [i.e. the sooner you collect, the lower the amount monthly], but there are ways to supplement that lower income stream using savings you still have. Call us if you’d like more information on the new Covid-assistance bill that permits you to withdraw funds from some types of retirement accounts that prohibit you from purchasing an Annuity that would provide you with an income stream you can’t outlive, and moving those funds to a different retirement account where you can make that purchase. Call us if you’d like more information on this. We’re always here to help.