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the premium you pay, you receive certain fixed and/or interest crediting options able to compound tax deferred until withdrawn.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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Thirty years ago, developed markets were seen as much more stable than smaller, emerging countries. But as political division and uncertainty permeates the West, the differences have faded, and emerging markets (EM) have shed the high-risk perception that accompanied foreign investment.
Sound government situations, conservative monetary policy and lower levels of debt were once staples of developed markets, while EMs posed higher risks with regard to politics and central bank policies. EM countries have evolved, along with their institutions and policies, while populist politicians have gained prominence in the West by touting the benefits of isolationism and protectionism.1LISTEN
If you look on the internet, you can find step-by-step instructions to do almost anything. But what about retirement planning? You can get a lot of information but putting the final plan together is something best done with professional help and guidance. Today Jon and Karyn provide four areas where a financial pro can be most valuable in getting things in shape for your post-working years.
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Each quarter we give our clients the chance to huddle together and receive some analysis regarding what transpired in the U.S. markets in the proceeding quarter. One of the staples we like to share is how the major asset classes performed and compare it trailing performance during recent years (like this chart below). It is always interesting to see how much fluctuation there can be in short period of time. For example, notice 2017’s leading sector of “Emerging Markets” fell completely to the bottom in performance in 2018 while “Cash” demonstrated the inverse.LISTEN
You may be getting near the finish line and set to retire. But are the investment decisions you have made the right ones for you? Jon and Karyn look at four strategies which explore retirement expenses and ways to address them, to protect against unnecessary risks and allow the right growth pathways for that valuable nest egg.
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What’s the secret to Col. Sanders’ recipe for fried chicken? Is the reason Coca-Cola tastes different from Pepsi based on a formula locked up in a vault at corporate headquarters? For many companies, their trade secrets – also known as intellectual property (IP) – are a key differentiator and the primary reason for their success. For some, it’s a recipe or a chemical formula. For others, it’s customer data or proprietary technology.LISTEN