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.

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.

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.

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.

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.