Month: December 2021

Retirement Resolutions for the New Year

Resolve to Strengthen Your Financial Future Regardless of Where You Are in Your Working Life

Each new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start, a chance to reassess, and to begin again. It’s the time for resolutions, big dreams, and goal setting–and maybe even for building a new life in retirement. Whether you’re nearing that new phase of life, or you’ll be working for many more years, setting retirement resolutions can help you prepare for and strengthen your financial future. Resolutions are easy to break, but with the right amount of intention and commitment you can get on track for a fulfilling and successful retirement –and stay there. No matter where you are in your retirement planning, the retirement resolutions below can help you to strengthen your retirement plans as you step into 2022.

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Busting the Myth That “All Annuities Are the Same – And They Are All Bad”

Busting the Annuity Myth

Don’t Fall for These Untruths About a Misunderstood Retirement Income Vehicle

The following excerpt, written by Leslie Davis, is from our book, Momma’s Secret Recipe for Retirement Success. Get your copy here to read more!

It may sound silly, but I feel bad for the word “Annuity” because the poor little fella gets criticized daily! It seems like 50% of the individuals I’ve met think they hate annuities, while 50% think they love them. To me, an annuity is not just a type of financial vehicle per se, but also a collection of valuable benefits.

For example, let’s say you’re having a B-B-Q with your closest neighbors one evening. The neighbor to the right of you owns a beautiful new Tesla, it’s red add shiny, sitting on display in his driveway.  You overhear the owner of this beauty telling the neighbor on your left how much he loves cars and wants four more. It just so happens that this neighbor to the left owns a Yugo from the 1980s. The Yugo’s owner responds by saying, “I hate cars, they are the worst, I never want another car!” The word car recalls four wheels that get you from point “A” to point “B”, but you can’t put a Tesla and Yugo in the same “car” category, just like you can’t put all annuities into one “annuity” category.

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