Safer Alternatives To the Stock Market
"I wanted to be secure in my retirement because my job contained a lot of risk. I wanted to make sure that my retirement didn’t have the risk like that." - Linda Rivera
The SECURE Act and RMDs
President Trump signed the SECURE Act into law on December 20th, 2019. With many provisions having gone into effect on January 1st, 2020, it will have big implications for retirement and taxes.
A qualified longevity annuity contract (QLAC) is a type of advanced life deferred annuity funded with an investment from a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k), or an IRA. In 2020, an individual can use 25% or $135,000 (whichever is less) of their retirement savings account to buy a QLAC.
When you buy a QLAC, you subtract the amount you contribute from the total retirement assets that are used to calculate your RMDs, so you’ll defer taxes on the amount you invest in the QLAC until you start taking payouts. Meanwhile you’re guaranteeing a pension-like income stream later in life, reducing the risk you’ll have to withdraw money during a bear market and the bigger risk you’ll run out of money entirely.
Why use a QLAC?
Save on IRA RMD tax by allowing your IRA QLAC to defer RMD income until age 85
Medical expenses – as you age medical expenses become a larger portion of your monthly expenses – the income from QLAC can provide income for those expenses and help maintain your standard of living
Inflation – you can use the additional QLAC income into the future to help off-set inflation
Replace a pension or Social Security – if one spouse passes their pension/social Security may be reduced or even eliminated for the surviving spouse. Income from QLAC could help replace some of this lost income
Knowing that you have additional guaranteed income into the future gives you the confidence to have a stronger allocation to stock equities – over time this could provide more robust portfolio returns
Tax deferral of income you don’t want or need until a future date
The beauty of the longevity annuity is that the insurance company tells you today exactly how much income you will begin receiving in the future. There is no stock market or interest rate risk. The future income amount that’s quoted is guaranteed!
With a longevity annuity you get income security that starts in your old age and at an attractive price. Financial planners estimate that if you own a longevity annuity you can increase the amount you withdraw from your savings in the early years of retirement by as much as 30% because of the reassurance in knowing your income in later retirement is guaranteed by the annuity.
Another appeal of QLACs is that they are straightforward and transparent. They are easy to understand, they require only one upfront payment and have no annual fees.
What is THE ORIGINAL ANNUITY?
Answer.........It's Social Security right? And people love Social Security.
Why? ..........Well, maybe because they've been paying into it since their first job and now that they are retired, now they get guaranteed monthly checks for the rest of their lives.
Well, isn't that how annuities work? You fund the annuity and in return you get guaranteed monthly income for the rest of your life. So that let's me know that people love annuities too. They just don't know it yet. But I'm working on it by hosting financial literacy seminars and webinars.
Today’s longer life expectancy is certainly worth celebrating, but it can pose a challenge when it comes to retirement planning. With an increasing span of retirement years and the potential for unexpected expenses, it may seem difficult to save up enough money to meet all your needs.
For some, the answer to this predicament is an annuity.
At Jennifer Lang Financial Services, we help you to navigate annuities and choose the best option for working toward the financial security of your future. Contact us today to learn more about our annuity services and how we can help you.
Don't Go Broke In a Nursing Home
As we prepare for retirement, we must be mindful that people are living much longer today.
In fact, 7 out of 10 of individuals 65 years old and above would need long term care. Will you?
The issues of aging and needing care is not just a problem of an individual. It’s impact is felt by the whole family.
To protect you and your family, learn about the latest cost of long term care in your area. Rates may vary depending on the state you live in.
According to The Association for Long Term Care Planning, the average annual cost for a Nursing Home - Private Room is $100,379.
It's important to have a Plan B, because Medicare does NOT pay for Long-Term Care costs. Medicare only pays for 100 days. After that, what's your Plan B? How will you pay for it and where will the money come from?
Annuities combined with a Long-Term Care Rider will not only provide you with guaranteed income, but peace of mind.
Before you retire, have a Plan B. At JenniferLangFinancialServices.com we work with over 50 life insurance companies to find you the best rate with the best coverage. Let us help you today.
Our Annuity Services
When properly utilized, especially in combination with other financial investments like Social Security and pensions, annuities can be an excellent way to supplement a retiree’s income. However, the many types of annuities available and the complex nature of retirement investing means that trying to make sense of things without guidance could leave you open to making uninformed decisions that may not actually be to your benefit.
At Jennifer Lang Financial Services, LLC., we help you to understand all of your financial options, including annuities, and can advise you into which types and plans are most likely to benefit you. We facilitate purchase and payout and help you keep tabs on the stages and development of your annuity, so you know your financial status at any given moment. We recommend annuities as part of a custom-built investment plan, allowing our clients the opportunity to grow their funds while maintaining the flexibility to deal with changing life circumstances.
Fixed Index Annuities
This annuity falls somewhere between a fixed and a variable annuity. These annuities provide tax deferrals as well as principal protection, ensuring that the original deposit will not decrease if the index performs poorly. *
Fixed index annuities can offer greater opportunity for growth than a standard fixed annuity, but the principal protection provides less risk than a variable annuity. Spousal opportunities or beneficiary options may also be available, giving you the ability to financially protect your loved ones as well as yourself. For many working toward retirement, this balanced option provides a useful tool to supplement their income.
Conservative Financial Advisement
At Jennifer Lang Financial Services, our focus is on helping clients meet their financial goals and work toward the retirement they can look forward to. We use our years of experience to make informed recommendations, and steer clear of strategies that pose a high risk to your hard-earned capital.
For intelligent investment and retirement planning, set up a consultation today.
Information presented on this website is not intended as tax or legal advice. You are encouraged to seek tax or legal advice from your personal counselors.
*Annuity product guarantees rely on the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurer. Annuities are not guaranteed by any bank or credit union and are not insured by the FDIC or any other federal government agency.
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Easy and Affordable Estate Planning
Who will care for your children?
How will you be remembered?
What are your healthcare wishes?
Did you know over 60% of Americans do not have a Will?
90% do not have an up to date, comprehensive estate plan. Important decisions relating to how your assets are distributed, who will serve as guardian for your minor children and who might make health care decisions in the event that you cannot could be decided by a judge without an estate plan.
Estate Planning is such a key component of one’s overall financial plan and now we have a product that can help you to get your affairs in order.