Comparing Retirement Income Payment Options

When approaching retirement and the last decade of stock market ups and downs, many people wonder how to protect retirement income from economic collapse.  There are two popular options to protect retirement savings:  Joint and survivor annuity payment option or retirement income protection funded with life insurance. Joint/Survivor Annuity Payout Option Versus Retirement Income Protection… Read More Comparing Retirement Income Payment Options

Understanding Withdrawal Guarantees

Withdrawal guarantees are a guaranteed way to plan for retirement income.  They can be paired with features such as lifetime income riders and are often features of variable annuity contracts.  For retirees wanting added security to their retirement income, guaranteed minimum income benefits (GMIB) and lifetime income riders provide peace of mind that retirement will… Read More Understanding Withdrawal Guarantees

Retirement Savings Analysis: African-American Women

Americans are wedding less frequently, and the ones that are getting married are not staying married for as long as their previous generation.  This can affect the way retirement is saved and collected, putting many African-American women at risk of running out of retirement money.   Social Security Spousal benefits for Social Security is often… Read More Retirement Savings Analysis: African-American Women

Retirement Savings: Side Businesses for Growing Wealth

In our quest for financial stability and success, many American workers are simply not satisfied with the regular paycheck and benefits that come from traditional jobs. These regular paychecks certainly do help pay the bills, but in today’s economy, it can be tough to get ahead, even on the salary a well-paying job provides. Many… Read More Retirement Savings: Side Businesses for Growing Wealth

The Reasonableness of a $1 Million Retirement Goal

It may seem as having $1 million at retirement would be more than enough to live comfortably.  Based on the yearly median household income of $56,320, in order to equal that amount during retirement, retirees need an average monthly income from Social Security of $1360 combined with the $40,000 income generated by the $1 million… Read More The Reasonableness of a $1 Million Retirement Goal

Investing for Retirement: Biological Age Versus Chronological Age

The traditional method for retirement investing is based on a person’s chronological age. However, with changes in how aging is perceived, consider using biological age to determine the amount of money needed for retirement. Biological Age What exactly is a person’s biological age?  First, let’s begin with chronological age.  This is the normal way to… Read More Investing for Retirement: Biological Age Versus Chronological Age

Roth IRAs for a Younger Crowd of Retirement Savers

Financial planners across the United States like to say that it is never too early to start thinking about retirement. To many people, this means starting to save for the future when one has a decent career-oriented job and a healthy starting salary. However, saving money for retirement can start even earlier than that; college… Read More Roth IRAs for a Younger Crowd of Retirement Savers