Are Annuities Taxable? A Guide to How Annuities are Taxed

Are Annuities Taxable? A Guide to How Annuities are Taxed

Annuities offer powerful tax benefits to those planning for, or entering retirement. Unlike money market accounts, savings accounts, certificate of deposit (CDs), and most bonds, annuities carry the potential to create tax-deferred accumulation. For example, interest...
What Is Good About Fixed Indexed Annuities?

What Is Good About Fixed Indexed Annuities?

Fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) have grown in popularity over the years, primarily due to their unique combination of safety, growth potential, and guaranteed income streams. In this people-first guide, we’ll explore the benefits of fixed-indexed annuities, how they...
Many Older Americans Haven’t Saved Anything For Retirement

Many Older Americans Haven’t Saved Anything For Retirement

More than a quarter of Americans have no money saved for retirement. That’s according to a new survey from personal finance site Credit Karma, which found older respondents are even less prepared by some measures than their younger counterparts. Nearly one in five...
What Is the Ideal Retirement Age for Your Health?

What Is the Ideal Retirement Age for Your Health?

Average life expectancy has risen by 16 years since the national retirement age was set at 65. We asked health experts when they think people should stop working now. In 1881, the conservative German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, plagued by a rise in socialist...
15 Surprising Retirement Facts and Stats for [2023]

15 Surprising Retirement Facts and Stats for [2023]

There are a lot of myths about retirement out there. Here are several retirement statistics that might just surprise you. While we may know family members or friends who have retired, we don’t usually discuss what their finances look like and the things they wish...
Fixed index annuities: potential plus protection

Fixed index annuities: potential plus protection

Fixed index annuities can help you accumulate money for retirement and provide guaranteed income after you retire. A fixed index annuity may be a good choice if you want the opportunity to earn indexed interest, but don’t want to risk losing money in the market. What...
10 Things You Need to Know About Social Security

10 Things You Need to Know About Social Security

Answers to frequently asked questions about your retirement benefits Social Security provides benefits to more than 66 million people, and those monthly payments have an enormous impact on older Americans’ financial health. According to Census Bureau data: • Social...
Are Annuities A Good Investment?

Are Annuities A Good Investment?

The first question you need to ask yourself is, what are your financial goals? An annuity may be a good option if you are looking for stability in retirement. There are 13 types of annuities, each with its pros and cons. Reasons why an annuity makes a good investment...

Successful Retirement Requires More Than Financial Planning

Are emotional health and personal fulfillment part of your retirement portfolio? Retiring successfully requires careful planning to ensure financial and physical health, but what about other important aspects of retirement, such as emotional health and personal...
Can Remote Work Get You a Head Start on Retirement?

Can Remote Work Get You a Head Start on Retirement?

If you have a dream destination in mind, careful planning and a willing boss could help you make the move ahead of schedule Rob Nehrbas was winding up his career as an executive at an Arizona-based laser device company he’d sold to a bigger competitor when he realized...
7 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2023

7 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2023

Tax changes, RMD rules, Social Security COLA and more will affect older Americans’ finances You might have heard about big changes coming to retirement finance due to Secure 2.0, a package of provisions included in the massive spending bill enacted by Congress and...
2 Big Changes to RMDs That Will Affect Retirees in 2023

2 Big Changes to RMDs That Will Affect Retirees in 2023

KEY POINTS Retirees can push back RMDs to age 73 in 2023. The penalties for not taking RMDs will drop significantly. A big change is coming to workplace accounts with a Roth designation in 2024. The $1.7 trillion spending bill that Congress passed last week includes...
How much life insurance do I need?

How much life insurance do I need?

In most cases, if you have no dependents and have enough money to pay your final expenses, you don’t need any life insurance. If you want to create an inheritance or make a charitable contribution, buy enough life insurance to achieve those goals. If you have...
Rising Prices Lead to Changes in Lifestyle and Shopping Habits

Rising Prices Lead to Changes in Lifestyle and Shopping Habits

AARP Financial Security Trends Survey: Wave 2 In January 2022, AARP launched its Financial Security Trends Survey, which is designed to monitor the financial experiences, behaviors, and attitudes of adults age 30-plus. The survey examines perceptions of overall...
Rising Prices Lead to Changes in Lifestyle and Shopping Habits

Rising Prices Lead to Changes in Lifestyle and Shopping Habits

AARP Financial Security Trends Survey: Wave 2 In January 2022, AARP launched its Financial Security Trends Survey, which is designed to monitor the financial experiences, behaviors, and attitudes of adults age 30-plus. The survey examines perceptions of overall...
7 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2023

7 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2023

Tax changes, RMD rules, Social Security COLA and more will affect older Americans’ finances You might have heard about big changes coming to retirement finance due to Secure 2.0, a package of provisions included in the massive spending bill enacted by Congress and...