Annuities can get a bad rap, but used correctly they can play a central role for clients who both want to leave money to heirs and also ensure they themselves will never run out of income, according to a recent academic study.
Buying protection for a client's retirement income can be overwhelming. Should you choose a variable annuity with a lifetime income rider? Or an immediate annuity? Here's how to wrap your head around the answer.
Called contingent annuities, these securities are less expensive than variable annuities and offer better tax treatment for wealthy investors. But availability is limited and some worry the risks will be difficult to cover.
The age group projected to show the greatest percentage increase in the United States and Western countries is the centenarian population. Are your clients financially equipped to live a century or more?
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After 18 months in the industry, all at WFA, I will be leaving the firm. I have not had great success at a wirehouse. It started well in the apprentice period and the first 6 months, but I missed my hurdle at the 9 month mark and have been scraping by ever since. After taking a further look at the requirements for the next 3 years, I realize that my head is going to be on the chopping block for most of that time barring someone in my network hitting the Powerball. I take full responsibility for this, but I will add that my firm has offered me little, if any, support at the local level....More
Challenging economic climates often bring unforeseeable opportunities. New opportunities could, of course, help your clients maximize their potential. With the evolution of new technologies, financial products and account needs, new custodians have emerged to provide specialized services....More