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.

Retirement Planning

Annuities Can Solve the Retirement Spending Dilemma

The habits that help us build our retirement nest-egg also prevent us from spending as much as we can in retirement. Annuities can help solve this challenge of underconsumption in retirement.

The Personal Pension

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 Income Annuities for Retirement

Bonds and income 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.