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What Are Fixed Index Annuities?

Assembling the optimal retirement plan is critical for today’s seniors given that their retirement years will likely be much longer than that of the parents.  Most troubling, is that many of today’s retirees do not have the comfortable pension plans to offset the ever-increasing risk of life longevity (living longer than ones retirement savings can  Full Article…

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Major Annuity Carrier Gets Downgraded

A.M. Best Company, a leading ratings agency in the insurance and annuity marketplace, announced this week that it has downgraded its ratings for The Phoenix Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries.  Not only did A.M. Best Company downgrade Phoenix on its financial strength rating, but it also lowered the rating for its issuer credit ratings.  Headquartered  Full Article…

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Solution to a Rising Interest Rate Environment

A year ago when a client or prospect was approached by an advisor to move a portion of their “save money” into an annuity, some common objections were: “rates are too low”, or “why would I lock my money up now “what if interest rates start to rise?”  All are valid points.  And I’m sure  Full Article…

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When is an Annuity Free Withdrawal, not really Free?

Annuities are not known for their liquidity. In fact, actuaries will tell you that liquidity is the most expensive feature in an annuity. In an indexed annuity, in general, the more liquid the product has, the less opportunity for upside the product provides. First, let’s define liquidity. Liquidity, in an annuity is any way the  Full Article…

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