Lauren Minches

Lauren Minches

Financial Planning Professional

Lauren is an actuary by training with expertise in retirement, finance, and risk. She writes about annuities to make them easier to understand and evaluate. Her goal is to help people create retirements with more time for living and less time thinking about money.

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.