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Do you have the 21st century super retirement plan?

Alin David Lozada, RICP®, CSA

For years, Americans have been told that the best way to save for retirement is by contributing to accounts like 401(k)s, IRAs, SEPs, and Tax-Sheltered Annuities (TSAs). These have two things in common: You receive a tax deduction based on your tax rate, and you must pay a tax when you withdraw the money. Most accountants and CPAs are more concerned with saving taxes today than in the future, so they will advise you to maximize your retirement plan to receive the greatest tax deduction. Also,...

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The concept of the family office

Matt Redding

Recently, I had a potential client that was frustrated with their financial situation. They had a financial advisor for their stock and bond investments, a CPA doing their bookkeeping for their business, an attorney handling their estate planning, wills and trusts, and an insurance agent doing their life insurance.  In large part, their frustration was trying to coordinate with these parties and get them all on the same page to formulate a cohesive plan that takes care of their needs today, tomorrow, and for future...

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Use Your Assets to Boost Your Cash Flow

Jon Sanchez

Most of us have assets that are of some value. It may be something as large as your home or as small as the tools in your garage. If you took an inventory of your assets and created a plan so each asset produced a steady flow of cash, you could have more income than you know what to do with! There are several tremendous ways to turn your existing assets into a cash flow machine. However, get ready to put in the hard work...

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How do I protect my retirement?

Granger Hughes

Many people today are faced with the harsh reality that they may wake up one day and their 401(k), or other retirement plan, may be cut in half. We put our lifetime and hard-earned savings onto the proverbial blackjack table. In reality, many people who play blackjack wouldn’t dare take their entire stack of chips and bet it on one hand; however, we do it every day with our retirement. Is this because we don’t know better, or have we been hardwired to think this...

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Who Does Your Financial Advisor Work For?

Joseph A. Grutta

Have you ever asked your financial advisor who they work for? Do they truly represent your best interests or those of the firm they work for? Are they acting on your behalf? Is their advice based on a fiduciary standard or a suitability standard? Do you know the difference? These are very important questions to know the answers to before turning your hard-earned money over to someone to manage on your behalf. For many years, I have encouraged people who are looking for help managing...

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Why Some People Like Annuities

Nick Davis

Annuities are considered an enormous and confusing topic. If you’ve searched “annuities” on the internet, you know that everyone has something to say about the topic. With the wild stock market swings in recent years, most people are looking for alternatives. As of right now, annuities are the best answer for a lot of people. At the same time, annuities are widely misused, which results in heated conversations about the product. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, everyone wants to grow...

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Is a Split Annuity Right for You?

Abe Abich

Many people look for ways to not only create the retirement income they need but also to preserve their principal. Relying on bank savings often falls short, and having your retirement savings exposed to the ups and downs of the market can be nerve-racking. Fortunately, there is a solution that does provide guaranteed tax-advantaged income, tax-deferral, and principal preservation. If you are currently living off of interest from your brokerage account or other investments, then a split annuity could be a strategy for you to consider. A split...

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High Income Tax Strategies with Low-Cost Variable Annuities

Jeremy Reif

In the technologically advanced age that we live in, why does every major insurance company have their advisor base-peddling their costly products? There are other options that cost significantly less, have better investment options, more investment options, no surrender penalties, and no trade costs. Then why is it almost never brought up in conversation by financial advisors? These large insurance companies don’t want the consumer to know the direction our industry is heading — fee-based. There are several fee-based annuities available. They have been gaining...

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The Role of Index Annuities in Financial Planning

Jim Heafner

What role do index annuities play in financial planning? Can they provide growth or just income? First, let’s address index annuity growth versus market growth. Since 1995, some of the better index annuities have historically averaged 4 to 5%.1 Many would dismiss this growth, compared to the stock market’s “higher returns.” The disconnect is that we often focus solely on actual market returns, pointing to the S&P or Dow during good market performance periods only, rather than focusing on actual return performance in an investor’s...

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Finding an answer to the CD interest crisis fixed annuity vs. CD’s

Henry Monahan

A co-worker once told me the CD didn’t stand for certificate of deposit anymore, it stood for certificate of disappointment. For the past 7 years, the United States has been in a historically low interest rate environment. For many retirees, who are accustomed to supplementing their income with their certificate of deposit interest, the lower interest rates made it necessary to look elsewhere for safe income while protecting principal. As of April 22, 2016, the most competitive 5-year CD rates were around 2.1% to 2.2%....

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