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QLAC Limit Remains at $130,000 in 2019

The IRS QLAC limit for how much of your 401(k) or IRA you can convert into a Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract remains at $130,000 for 2019.

Inside Blueprint Income

Q&A with Annuity Expert Matt Carey

I sat down with Matt Carey, annuity expert and CEO of Blueprint Income, to get his thoughts on the annuity market and hear what he and his team at Blueprint Income are doing to improve our retirements.

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Annuity Trends

November Market Update: Fed Cuts Rates Again, But Annuity Yields On The Rise

This past Wednesday, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 0.25% to a targeted range of 1.50% &#8211; 1.75%. The move was widely expected by financial markets and the reaction was muted. This is the third straight rate cut. On October 30, the Fed cut rates, continuing the downward pattern in short-term interest rates that &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Retirement Income

Do Immediate Annuities Have Beneficiaries?

An immediate annuity can have beneficiaries as long as you elect to include a refund at death (a.k.a. a cash refund or death benefit) or a certain period (number of years where payments are guaranteed even if the annuitant has passed away). For immediate annuities purchased with a refund at death, the beneficiary will receive &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

At What Point Does the Beneficiary to an Annuity Acquire Rights?

The beneficiary to an annuity acquires rights upon the death of the owner. In most cases, the beneficiary will receive a lump sum cash refund of the contract, although, with certain annuity contracts, the beneficiary can take over the policy as the owner for the remainder of the term. Annuities typically avoid the probate process &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Insurance Companies

What Is the Best Company for Annuities?

Deciding what the best company for annuities is depends on what you’re looking for in an annuity. Some companies offer better rates for one type of annuity than another. And, some companies that offer annuities have higher financial ratings than others, but they might offer lower rates. Blueprint Income is a marketplace that distributes simple &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Retirement Income

What Happens to the Money in an Annuity When You Die?

What happens to the money in an annuity when you die depends on the type of annuity and the options chosen. If you have an immediate or longevity annuity and pass away, the contract will terminate unless you include a refund at death (a.k.a. cash refund or death benefit). Including the refund at death ensures &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

What Is the Best Annuity?

The best annuity depends on your goals. If you’re looking for a pension-like monthly income stream for life, an income annuity is likely the best fit. If you’re looking for a CD-like guaranteed return for a set number of years, a fixed annuity is likely the best fit. If you’re looking for something that changes &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Who Should Not Buy an Annuity?

You should not buy an annuity if Social Security or pension benefits cover all of your regular expenses, you’re in below average health, or you are seeking high risk in your investments. Take our quiz here to decide if an annuity makes sense for you. If you’re interested in reading more, here are several articles &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Retirement Income

Should I Put My 401(k) into an Annuity?

Putting a portion of your 401(k) savings into an annuity makes sense if you’re looking to diversify your retirement savings and add a guaranteed piece to your portfolio. Your 401(k) is a basket of savings tied to market performance that does not protect you from the risk of living longer than expected (and needing an &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Should I Invest in an Annuity?

You should consider investing in an annuity if you’re saving for retirement, consider yourself to be a moderate to conservative risk investor, and are interested in guaranteed income or growth.  If, on the other hand, you’re looking to access funds for a near-term purchase, only want to invest in higher risk/higher return potential assets, an &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Are Fixed Income Annuities a Good Investment?

Fixed income annuities are a good investment for those looking for guaranteed lifetime income in retirement. An income annuity is a lifetime income guarantee (typically paid monthly for the rest of your life) that you purchase from an insurance company as a way to reduce the risk that you run out of money in retirement. &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Retirement Income

What Happens to an Immediate Annuity When You Die?

If you have an immediate annuity and pass away, the contract will terminate unless you include a death benefit (a.k.a. a cash refund or death benefit) or a period certain. Including the death benefit ensures that a beneficiary receives the premium paid less any income payments the owner had received prior to death. Even if &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Are Fixed Annuities a Good Investment?

Fixed annuities are a good investment for those looking for a safe, tax-advantaged way to earn a guaranteed return on retirement savings needed in the near future (3 to 10 years). Fixed annuities operate very similarly to CDs. Both vehicles offer a safe way to save money, crediting higher interest rates than those available through &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Can I Take My Annuity as a Lump Sum?

Whether you can take your annuity as a lump sum depends on the kind of annuity you purchase, as well as when the annuity was purchased. The following annuities offer the ability to take a lump sum: Fixed annuities Variable annuities Indexed annuities However, if you purchased the annuity within the last few years, you &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Is an Annuity a Good Investment?

An annuity is a good investment for those looking for guaranteed income or guaranteed growth of their retirement savings that is safe from market volatility. An annuity is generally not a good investment for those who need near-term access to their money and is generally not a good investment for those looking for higher risk &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Are There Any Good Annuities?

Yes, there are good annuities out there, but it’s important to do your research to make sure you get one of them. Originally annuities only existed to provide a pure guarantee, whether guaranteed income or a guaranteed return. Over time, a few different types of annuities have been created with different value propositions, demoting the &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Should I Annuitize My Annuity?

In order to decide whether or not to annuitize your annuity, you need to be clear about your goals for the annuity and how you expect to use in the future. You also need to understand how your current annuity works, whether the income amount is guaranteed, and how much your benefit has earned in &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Trends

July 2019: 10 Year Treasury Yields Drop Below 2%

It continues to be a wild ride in the financial markets. You’d think that trade war fears and some soft recent macroeconomic data would push markets lower. But that’s not what has happened at all. The stock market had its best first half of the year in recent memory. And bond prices have risen to &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Trends

June 2019: Bond Yields and Annuity Rates Down Again

In response to a decline in bond yields, many insurers reduced annuity rates this month, but top fixed annuity rates have held steady. Lincoln Financial increased longevity annuity rates, but all other carriers have reduced rates. Sentiment has shifted from believing the Federal Reserve would not change rates any time soon to conventional wisdom now &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Basics

Should I Put My Money in an Annuity?

You should consider putting your money in an annuity if you’re saving for retirement, consider yourself to be a moderate to conservative risk investor, and are interested in guaranteed income or growth. If, on the other hand, you’re looking to access funds for a near-term purchase, only want to invest in higher risk/higher return potential &hellip; <a href="https://www.blueprintincome.com/resources/annuity-trends/november-market-update-fed-cuts-rates-again-but-annuity-yields-on-the-rise/">Continued</a>

Annuity Trends

May 2019: What Will the Fed Do Next?

Annuity rates have held steady this month. After several consecutive months of Treasury Bond declines, things leveled off in April.

Annuity Trends

February 2019: Annuity Rates Continue to Decline

The Fed sent a strong signal last week that rates were less likely than previously thought to move up in the near-term. After the Fed’s meeting, Wall Street thought there was now only about a 10% chance of any rate increases this year.

QLACs

QLAC Limit Remains at $130,000 in 2019

The IRS QLAC limit for how much of your 401(k) or IRA you can convert into a Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract remains at $130,000 for 2019.

Inside Blueprint Income

Q&A with Annuity Actuary Lauren Minches, FSA

I sat down with Lauren Minches, FSA, an annuity actuary at Blueprint Income, to hear what she and her team at Blueprint Income are doing to improve annuities and our retirements.

Inside Blueprint Income

Q&A with Retirement Income Expert Nimish Shukla, CFA

I sat down with Nimish Shukla, CFA, retirement income expert and co-founder of Blueprint Income, to get learn about Blueprint Income's approach to helping clients with their retirement income.

Inside Blueprint Income

Q&A with Annuity Expert Matt Carey

I sat down with Matt Carey, annuity expert and CEO of Blueprint Income, to get his thoughts on the annuity market and hear what he and his team at Blueprint Income are doing to improve our retirements.

Annuity Basics

Stocks Lose 7% in October While Annuity Rates Continue to Rise

There are warning signs building that the 8-10% average market returns we’ve experienced over the last decade likely are not here to stay. The guaranteed 4%+ growth of most top-paying fixed annuities are starting to look more attractive.

Inside Blueprint Income

Blueprint Income Launches Fixed Annuity Marketplace

Easy and free access to the marketplace of simple, fixed annuities for consumers. The platform provides real-time fixed annuity rates from 25+ insurers, native digital application with automation-assisted suitability review and eSignature capabilities.

Retirement Income

Should You Buy a Fixed Annuity?

A fixed annuity provides a safe, tax-advantaged way to earn a good return on savings needed in the near future, similar to a CD. We’ve created this quick checklist so you can know if a fixed annuity is a good fit for you.

Retirement Income

The Pros and Cons of a Fixed Annuity

Fixed annuities have several financial benefits to help make retirement planning simpler, but also have some drawbacks. Find out what a fixed annuity has to offer before you purchase.

Retirement Income

Customizing Your Fixed Annuity

There are many features you can add to your fixed annuity so it best fits your needs. We’ve broken down the options you can select to customize your fixed annuity.

Annuity Basics

Recent Fed Moves and Their Impact on Annuity Pricing

Annuity rates didn’t really budge in August. But given the declines in bond yields, that’s actually a good thing and means that annuity pricing might soon decline. If you’re thinking about making an annuity purchase before the end of the year, now is an attractive time to do it.

Annuity Basics

Optimizing a Retirement Portfolio Using Annuities

If one's goal is to avoid running out of money in retirement while leaving the largest possible legacy behind at death, then income annuities play a crucial role. In Blueprint Income's recent white paper, we demonstrate that portfolios made up of just stocks and annuities produce the best outcomes.

Retirement Income

New Study Highlights Baby Boomers Need for Retirement Income

A recent study by the Insurance Retirement Institute (IRI) shows that baby boomers are not adequately prepared for retirement. Retirement income from an annuity can help baby boomers retire with the peace of mind that they will not outlive their retirement savings.

Retirement Planning

Use Technology to Address These 3 Retirement Challenges

Preparing for retirement can be challenging but new technology is making it easier to prepare, plan and manage retirement. Using technology can lower fees, provide better education and access to new opportunities

Annuity Basics

The Yield Curve Is Flattening — Here’s What It Means for Annuities

A flattening yield curve (one where the difference between short-term and long-term Treasury yields is smaller than usual) suggests two annuity buying strategies. Either buy a fixed rate annuity now, and wait for rates to rise before buying an income annuity. Or, start buying income now but do so in small pieces over time.

Retirement Planning

Taxes in Retirement

Taxation has a large impact on your retirement preparedness. Developing a plan to handle the differing rules and regulations on various types of retirement income is an important step to effectively plan for retirement. This article provides an overview of taxation on retirement income and links to resources that will help you understand taxes in retirement and make the decisions that are right for you.

Pensions

Should You Keep Your Pension or Do the Lump-sum Buyout?

The majority of people who are offered a lump-sum buyout should keep their pension, but there are some situations where it is worthwhile to consider taking the lump-sum buyout and using a portion of it to purchase an annuity.

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