With insurance companies pulling back from guaranteed income products, many are saying the time to buy them, or any annuity-based offerings, is now.
Wait, and it could be too late.
Certainly, if you have clients nearing retirement, the hot tip may be to strike before it’s too late. Advisors working with younger clients, by contrast, may have a once in a lifetime opportunity to bide their time and allow some of the nouveau Volkerism that economists are predicting for coming years to take full effect before pulling the annuity trigger.
Either way, though, it’s important to understand the role annuities play in portfolio construction, tax and estate matters, income planning, business and succession planning, and charitable gifting.
Persistent low interest rates means prices for some guaranteed products will rise and others will simply disappear.
Take a page out of the pension industry’s playbook and pay more attention to risks and less to portfolio value.
Paying attention to the settlement details in an insurance contract lets you give your clients options. A closer read can make you a hero.
Stress testing client portfolios helps ensure key risks are covered off.
As clients age, rates tend to increase. So help them beat the clock.
The age old stalwart of retirement planning returns to the investment radar
Annuities are one way to protect a business when one of its owners dies.
An insured annuity creates cash flow while cutting tax. A winning combination.
Tell your clients how they can give annuities to their favourite causes.
While you’re at it, read this piece by Jim Otar and then claim some Continuing Education credits.