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What Are Annuities?

You’re a first time investor, female, sixty years old. Your financial planner mentions annuities. You’re thinking, “What are annuities”? The homework begins. An annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company that requires the insurer to make payments to you. A lump-sum payment or a series of payments. Payments either immediately or in  Click to Continue

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What Questions You Should Ask Before Purchasing a Fixed Indexed Annuity?

What should you do before sinking your hard earned money into one of the hottest investments around, fixed indexed annuities (FIAs)? First, get some background information on FIAs by doing some research. You should understand any financial product before plunking a portion of your retirement savings into it. Armed with that knowledge, here are six  Click to Continue

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What’s New For Retirement Accounts?

What’s new for retirement accounts? The new product is called a qualified longevity annuity contract (QLAC). What is a qualified longevity annuity contract (QLAC)? It’s a special deferred income annuity (DIA) for creating income inside a retirement account. DIAs are quite popular products. New IRS regulations may make DIAs even more popular by introducing this  Click to Continue

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AARP Fixed Index Annuity Article Rebuttal

At Retirement Think Tank, we believe that education is key to making the best retirement planning decisions, so we are happy to see that an article just got published on Annuity123 giving a very detailed rebuttal to an article published on AARP that was overly negative towards fixed index annuities. In this AARP Fixed Index  Click to Continue

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Income Annuity Illustrations Are Showing High Demand in 2014

Cannex USA, which is a leader in compiling annuity data and annuity illustrations tools to the financial services industry, announced that income annuity illustrations have doubled over the past year. During the first quarter of 2014, the annuity database at Cannex received 240,000 illustrations, compared with 118,000 one year ago in 2013 (in regards to  Click to Continue

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Using Longevity Annuities in 401ks Just Got a Bit More Enticing

Longevity Annuity, aka deferred income annuity, aka longevity insurance is one of the fastest growing insurance vehicles in the country, and certainly the fastest growing annuity in 2014. And with the latest news today involving the Treasury Department announcement concerning annuities inside of 401(k) plans, these longevity annuities in 401ks are poised to help this  Click to Continue

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