Today, the majority of the burden for retirement income seems to have shifted to the individual. For this reason, you may want to consider a guaranteed* fixed income component to your retirement strategy. In short, adding an annuity may be an opportunity to help ensure a portion of your retirement income will be guaranteed.* An annuity is a contract you purchase from an insurance company. For the premium you pay, you receive certain fixed and/or interest crediting options able to compound tax deferred until withdrawn. When you are ready to receive income distributions, this vehicle offers a variety of guaranteed* payout options. Most annuities have provisions that allow you to withdraw a percentage of the value of the contract each year up to a certain limit. However, withdrawals will reduce the contract value and the value of any protected benefits. Excess withdrawals above the restricted limit typically incur “surrender charges” within the first five to 15 years of the contract. Because they are designed as a long-term retirement income vehicle, annuity withdrawals made before age 59½ are subject to a 10 percent penalty fee, and all withdrawals may be subject to income taxes.
*Annuity guarantees rely on the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Annuities are insurance products that may be subject to fees, surrender charges and holding periods which vary by carrier. Annuities are NOT FDIC insured.
Your investment advisor is not permitted to offer, and no statement contained herein shall constitute, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult a legal or tax professional on any such matters.
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced federal income tax liability for some, but not all, Americans. Wealthy residents of California, New York, and other high-tax states could face a higher tax bill when they file their 2018 return.
While cutting tax rates on ordinary income, increasing the standard deduction and doubling the federal estate and gift tax exemptions, the tax legislation also capped the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). While once open-ended, the SALT deduction is now limited to $10,000 ($5,000 if married, filing separately).LISTEN
Risk is a necessary element of any retirement plan – because investing in things like stocks which can decrease in value can also give you big increases. Today Jon and Karyn talk about how to manage the risks involved to your own tolerances to give you the right plan with the right amount of risk so that your money will be there whenever you need it.LISTEN
What sneak attacks could try to derail your retirement plans? Well, some include long-term care and other health costs, or kids coming back home as adults. Jon and Karyn discuss these and a number of other things which could throw your retirement plans for a loop if they are not addressed or planned for.LISTEN
We all know what a balance sheet is when it pertains to a business. Well, when we retire, we need to check our personal balance sheet – if it’s out of balance, we may not have the money and resources we need to retire in the first place. Today Jon and Karyn go over the steps which need to be taken to be sure your personal balance sheet is where it needs to be in order to live your best retirement.LISTEN
Given a choice, which would you choose: a guaranteed fixed income for the rest of your life, or a lump sum that you could invest? As it turns out, lots of people prefer a sure thing.
This is what a recent survey showed about public sector employees posed with the option to select a defined benefit pension plan or a 401(k)-type defined contribution individual account. In fact, even when the defined contribution plan was the default option and workers had to proactively choose the defined benefit pension plan, they made the effort. In the eight states studied that offered a choice between the two options, all had employees choosing pensions at rates of 75 percent or higher in 2015.LISTEN