Archive for August, 2017

“IT’S TIME FOR YOUR ANNUAL CHECKUP!”

August 22, 2017

You would not risk your health by skipping your annual check-up.  So, why are you risking your financial health by skipping your annual retirement check-up?

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“Your present physical condition reminds me of my

401(k), worth about half of what it once was.”

Your annual retirement check-up is the best time to:

  • Adjust your retirement plan based on life changes.
  • Examine how you could reduce the taxes you are currently paying.
  • Look at ways to increase the interest you earn.
  • Turn on an income stream you can’t outlive.

My goal is to assist you in REACHING RETIREMENT AND KEEP YOU RETIRED and make sure your retirement funds outlive your retirement years.

Check my website and complete the “Contact Form.”

http://www.burrows.financial

 

 

 

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“NAVIGATING YOUR RETIREMENT”

August 10, 2017

If you are going on a short trip for a weekend and maybe a longer trip for a few weeks vacation, a GPS may be useful.

Retirement GPS

If you are planning on reaching retirement and remaining retired, you need the right tools to attain your goals.  Are you wondering:  “Have I prepared well enough for retirement?” or “Do I have enough to retire?” 

On the road to retirement there are many twists and turns that many future retirees are not aware of:

  • Living longer than expected – The age that seems “old” to you in your 30’s or 40’s may not be as old as you thought.  Will your retirement fund allow you to remain retired after you reached that “old” age.  Maybe you thought you would never need long-term care.
  • Are you depending on a plan where you work supplemented by Social Security benefits? –  Pensions and market-driven employer’s plans are becoming a thing of the past.  In today’s real world, as you move through your working years, it is critical that you set aside money into an  IRA, Roth IRA, or other savings vehicle to help supplement your retirement income.
  • Are you using the right “financial tools” to reach your specific needs and goals? – Often, many people own a variety of financial instruments and have no idea why they purchased them and/or how they serve them to reach their goals.  If you want a guaranteed income stream you cannot outlive,  it is important to consider financial instruments that can help protect against market risk. 
  • What fees are you paying? – Fees can dramatically affect your potential returns and the accumulation of this cost over the years may be substantial.  What services are you receiving for the fees being paid?  It is important to know and understand the financial instruments you own….what are the costs and what are the benefits?
  • “Peace of mind” vs. portfolio risk – A simple exercise called “risk analysis” will give you and/or your advisor a feel for your tolerance to overall market risk.  Know you level of risk.  A full analysis of your financial holdings will determine how much risk your investments have.  Quite often if may be better to have “peace of mind” than the potential gains in your portfolio.  Unfortunately, potential high gains are also accompanied by potential high losses……determine your level of risk to achieve “peace of mind.”

A well-thought-out and detailed financial plan is similar to a GPS in your car.  It can provide you with the comfort of knowing exactly where you are going, where to turn, possible roadblocks, etc.  You would feel more confident driving cross country when you have a tool like that to rely upon along the way.  Likewise, have a financial firm that can provide you with a comprehensive plan that is detailed, transparent, and most important, has your best interests in mind is a vital part of allowing you to retire with confidence.

Fiduciary firms are required to always, and in every way, serve only your best interests.  You have worked too hard to begin your  journey alone and must be aware of all the best possible routes.  You deserve to have the self-assurance and comfort knowling that retirement will be exactly what you intended it to be.

Visit my website and complete the “Contact Form” and I will be in contact with you immediately.

http://www.burrows.financial

 

“HOGWASH”

August 9, 2017

There are those who believe annuities are sold to senior citizens who did not understand what they were buying or the contractual ramifications of their decisions.  This is not the fault of the senior citizens…it is the fault of the agent who thought more about himself instead of the needs of the client.  When I began my career in financial planning, I made myself a promise:  “Never sell a product to a client that doesn’t fit their financial needs.”  I was, and still am, true to that promise.

There are those who believe in the blanket statement that annuities should not be purchased by anyone over 70…that is HOGWASH! 

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In the world of financial planning and investment advising there is a need to have safe money options regardless of age.  The key relies on the fact that the financial product should provide a solution to a financial need.

“Guarantees, including optional benefits, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer, and may contain limitations, including surrender charges, which may affect policy values.

Annuities by their name are designed to be income producing financial instruments.  They may also be very effective as estate planning tools. Unfortunately, bureaucratic regulators have limited the purchase of annuities for senior adults approaching or exceeding eighty years old.  Why wouldn’t someone in their eighties not be able on their own or with the consent of their families purchase an annuity when they want safety of principal, a higher growth potential than the local bank, a 5% to 10% bonus and all of the account value to bypass probate and go directly to their heirs with no surrenders or penalties?  The main reason is that senior citizens are discriminated against by overzealous regulators that in the name of protection have caused the door to be shut on this legitimate purpose for annuities in estate planning.

Age limiting also applies to younger individuals.  Some insurance companies pull back on benefit eligibility for younger individuals which seem to “promise too much” based on today’s interest rate environment when these benefits are extrapolated out over a younger person’s lifetime.

What is the best age?

The  most common age seems to be between 45 and 65, but it depends on the type of annuity and your planned retirement age.  Often, people in their 40’s delay making plans for their retirement…delaying those important decisions until later.  This is the age when retirement planning should be given priority in looking forward to those retirement years.  However, it is most common for any formal retirement planning to begin 1-15 years prior to retirement.  Annuities excel at keeping retirement dollars safe and secure while providing growth for retirement income.  The reasons for future retirees considering annuities for their income foundation or “if they cannot afford to lose principal” or if they “do not have time to recover from losses in riskier financial choices” —then annuities are always prudent alternative for consideration.

If you don’t have a financial profession, search for one that will listen to your needs and then work with you to find proper solutions.  The decisions you make on what to do with your dollars are ultimately your decisions.  Work with someone who has your goals in mind and you have a much better chance of meeting your retirement target.  Part of that target or goal should include remaining retired after your retirement date.

Visit me at my website and complete the contact form:

http://www.burrows.financial