The Personal Pension

Monthly Retirement Paycheck for Life

The Personal Pension is a monthly retirement paycheck guaranteed by insurance companies. Every dollar you put in buys you steady monthly retirement income that you can't outlive.

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Private Pensions to Supplement Your 401(k)

The Personal Pension provides guarantees and protection that the 401(k) does not, namely from longevity and market risks. Use a Personal Pension to supplement your 401(k), making sure to always take advantage of the 401(k) employer match.

Inside Blueprint Income

Blueprint Income Was Started For This Reason

We started Blueprint Income to bring back the pension so that everyone has an easy and secure way with a private pension platform to prepare for retirement.

The Personal Pension

Employer Pension Vs. Private Pension

If you don't have an employer pension plan, you can use a private pension (Personal Pension) to create one for yourself. Every dollar you put in buys you insurer-guaranteed income.

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Can We Solve the Annuity Puzzle by Reframing Annuities?

Annuity adoption is less than would be expected in traditional economic models, as economists have shown that purchasing an annuity can lead to higher retirement income than a self-managed portfolio. Reframing annuities as a mechanism to improve consumption in retirement can improve utilization of annuity products.

Retirement 101

Comparing Bonds and Annuities for Retirement

Bonds and annuities have unique features that make them important components of your retirement portfolio. Understanding the role each plays in preparing for retirement can help you optimize the conservative, or safe, portion of your portfolio.

Annuity Basics

Annuities & Inflation Risk in Retirement

Inflation risk in retirement captures the possibility that the prices of goods will increase beyond what your retirement income and savings can handle. Annuities do not do a good job protecting you from that risk, and instead are built to protect you from the other two big risks: market risk and longevity risk.

Pensions

Pension De-risking and Risk Transfer, Demystified

For many pensioners, corporate pension de-risking and risk transfers may have a minimal impact on their lives and could ultimately promote their retirement security. Read on to understand these transactions better.

Retirement Planning

How to Restore the Three-Legged Retirement Stool

The rise of the 401(k) and the corresponding decline of defined benefit pension plans upended the three-legged stool model for retirement savings, leading to retirement insecurity. Blueprint Income is working to restore the broken leg of the stool: pensions.

Retirement 101

Insurance and Consumer Backstops for Retirement Savings

We entrust our long-term retirement security with companies and organizations who we hope will be around when we retire. What happens in the rare instances when they fail? This guide provides an explanation of forms of government-aided insurance and consumer backstops that protect your retirement nest-egg.

Annuity Basics

State Guaranty Associations for Annuity Contracts

An annuity is a lifetime income guarantee that you purchase from an insurance company, who is overseen by state-based guaranty funds that insurers your annuity purchases. In this article, we discuss this important protection, as well as provide some helpful resources that you should be aware of.

The Personal Pension

5 Reasons Why Annuities Without Cash Value Is Best

Annuities without cash value, a.k.a. income annuities, offer you protection from running out of money by providing guaranteed retirement income. These are the 5 reasons why income annuities are the best option for your retirement plan.

Annuity Basics

Annuities 101 — Annuity Basics for Beginners

An annuity is guaranteed lifetime income that reduces the likelihood that you’ll run out of money in retirement. Income from an annuity is predictable, steady, and cannot be outlived. This Annuities 101 article provides an overview of annuities and links to resources that will help you decide if an annuity is right for you.

Retirement Planning

How Stock Market Drops Affect Your Retirement

401(k)s have become the predominant way to prepare for retirement, which leaves retirement savings exposed to market volatility. As a result, we are more sensitive to changes and drops in the markets. Knowing how stock market drops affect your retirement means it's important to protect your investments from movements in the market.

Annuity Basics

Ready to Buy an Annuity? Here’s How the Process Works

To make the process of buying an annuity as seamless as possible, prepare to go through the following steps and be familiar with the following terminology. In addition to providing free, real-time annuity quotes, Blueprint Income will take care of the rest of the annuity buying process for you.

Retirement Income

Navigate Market Crashes with Retirement in Mind

The market performing poorly reminds us that we need to be cautious with the risks we take so we navigate market crashes well. Defend against recency bias by having a financial portfolio that will do what you need it to do through all kinds of market cycles.

QLACs

New Legislation, If Passed, Would Increase QLAC Limits

One part of the The Retirement Plan Simplification and Enhancement Act, calls for making upward revisions of the QLAC limit. Under the new proposed rules, you could contribute up to $200,000 or 100% of your 401(k) or IRA account balance to a QLAC, but it is still up in the air as to whether this will get passed.

Annuity Basics

Annuity Tax Forms for a Qualified and Nonqualified Income Annuity

Qualified and nonqualified income annuities have differing tax treatment, meaning that once your retirement income has begun you will receive different tax forms reporting the amount of income generated from your qualified or nonqualified annuity. Here are the tax forms for your annuity and when you can expect to receive them.

The Personal Pension

Personal Pension 401(k) Rollover

If you have an old 401(k) sitting with a former employer, consider a Personal Pension 401(k) rollover that will turn the money you've worked hard to save into a guaranteed source of income you can't outlive.

The Personal Pension

The Personal Pension for Beginners

A Personal Pension offers guaranteed retirement income that lasts as long as you. Here's how the Personal Pension works.

Annuity Basics

Sequence of Returns Risk & The Decision to Buy an Annuity

Market volatility is not good for pre-retirees. Low or negative returns when you're about to retire are particularly harmful, and this is known as sequence of returns risk. Income annuities help mitigate this risk.

Annuity Basics

Why Are Annuity Rates Increasing and Will It Continue?

Increasing annuity rates, usually driven by long-term Treasury bonds and investment-grade corporate bond yields, have caused buyers to question whether the trend will continue and how that affects their plan to purchase an annuity. While it's challenging to predict future long-term interest rates, there are strategies to mitigate interest rate risk.

Retirement Planning

Taking Gains off the Table

The recent bull market has been an attractive place for investors looking to generate sizable returns on their investment. Ongoing speculation of a potential market downturn in 2018 is now leaving investors with the challenge of finding a way to protect their recent gains.

Pensions

5 Ways To Increase Your Pension Check

To maximize your retirement, you should try to maximize guaranteed income available to you. Here are 5 ways to increase your pension check.

Retirement Planning

History of Retirement (& Future Outlook)

The history of retirement starts with us not living long enough to retire. Then, the introduction of Social Security and pensions gave us retirement security. Today, we're struggling to manage market and longevity risks on our own.

Longevity

How Long Will I Live?

We aren’t fortune tellers, but with good data we can make predictions for the future. Here we answer the question “how long will I live?” by analyzing data.

Inside Blueprint Income

Blueprint Income Was Started For This Reason

We started Blueprint Income to bring back the pension so that everyone has an easy and secure way with a private pension platform to prepare for retirement.

The Personal Pension

Employer Pension Vs. Private Pension

If you don't have an employer pension plan, you can use a private pension (Personal Pension) to create one for yourself. Every dollar you put in buys you insurer-guaranteed income.

Pensions

Heinz-Kraft Pension De-Risking and Pension Advice for Its Employees

Heinz-Kraft is offering its workers plan consolidations, lump-sum offers to current non-retirees, or an annuity purchase in order to de-risk their pension liability. There are other alternatives to these options, however, that better suit those looking to secure guaranteed retirement income.

Pensions

DuPont’s Pension Buyout and Pension Advice for Workers

The merger of Dow and DuPont created $51 billion in pension obligations, resulting in the company’s decision to offer employees a lump-sum pension buyout. This Pension Buyout, however, has several implications for those who accept it.

The Personal Pension

Insurance for Retirement with Private Pensions

If you bought life insurance to protect your family from the loss of your income should you pass away early, you might also want to buy insurance for retirement through a Personal Pension to protect them against the opposite risk: that you live a long time and run out of money.

Inside Blueprint Income

Guarantee in Retirement Goal: Blueprint Income

Matt Carey, the co-founder and CEO of Blueprint Income, sits down with FinLab and explains Blueprint Income’s mission to make the guarantee in retirement come with guaranteed, lifelong income.

The Personal Pension

Private Pensions to Supplement Your 401(k)

The Personal Pension provides guarantees and protection that the 401(k) does not, namely from longevity and market risks. Use a Personal Pension to supplement your 401(k), making sure to always take advantage of the 401(k) employer match.

Inside Blueprint Income

Security of Income in Retirement is Our Secret

Traditionally we're told to save for retirement, but we don't have security of income and no one tells us about how much is enough, when to start spending our retirement savings or how long we should plan to make it last. This is why at Blueprint Income we value an income-focused retirement plan.

Inside Blueprint Income

Retirement Security for Us Is Personal

Starting a start-up can be a daunting task, but when you're a true mission-driven start-up you are continually motivated to make the world a better place. For us, retirement security, and as part of this, working to heal the broken retirement system is more than just important, it's personal.