I've been predicting for some time now that Equity-Indexed Annuities and the sales practices associated with them will be the Next Big Scandal of the financial services industry. And now my predictions are coming true.
Equity-Linked Certificates of Deposit are a safer, low-cost alternative for those who must have an Equity-Indexed Annuity type of investment. These little-known investments allow you to participate in the growth of the market index while your principal is guaranteed by the Government. Read on to find out more.
Variable Annuities now offer a Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit which allows you to earn 5 per cent or 6 per cent even if the market drops significantly. Undoubtedly, you will be pitched a variable annuity or pressured to transfer your existing one into a new contract with this benefit. Should you? Read on to uncover the truth behind this feature and see if it's right for you.
The sale of Equity-Indexed Annuities has increased 45 per cent the first 6 months of this year. I'm concerned that the vast majority of those sales are unsuitable for the investors buying them. Oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) is desperately needed to protect retirees from being taken to the cleaners by agents hungry for the large commission. Read on to find out how this oversight will benefit you.
Our nation has just enjoyed one of its most popular annual rituals: the Super Bowl. One can draw many lessons from the drama on the gridiron and all the hoopla surrounding it. But as I watched this year's spectacle, one thing in particular caught my eye. And what I saw can teach a very valuable lesson about investing.
If you were nearing the edge of the cliff and didn't know it, would you want someone to warn you before it was too late? Of course you would. That's been the guiding principle of this column, to inform everyday investors of the pitfalls that could cause them and their nest egg irreparable harm.
I've disliked variable annuities for many years because of their high fees and onerous surrender penalties. Now, low-cost variable annuities are available that slash fees and do away with the surrender penalties. Does this change my opinion on the use of variable annuities? Read on to find out.
As more companies do away with their pension programs, the insurance industry and the media are heavily promoting the use of immediate annuities to provide a dependable income stream during your retirement. But is that in your best interest? Normally, I say it is not. Read on to find out why.
Millions of seniors are sold equity-indexed and variable annuities with promises of guaranteed returns with little or no risk. And hardly a day goes by that I don't hear from some frustrated investor who finds him/herself trapped by one of these investments. Let me paint a very clear picture of the dangers of these products and share some pointers for those who have already bought one.
Expert Author: Galen Weston
An annuity is a contract issued by an insurance company that returns payments of capital and interest to the holder on a regular basis. The payouts can be fixed or increasing amounts for a set period of time or for the annuitant's lifetime. Annuities have no rescission rights; once you purchase an annuity you cannot amend or terminate the contract.
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