All retirees must plan today for the possibility that they will experience significant long-term care health expenditures. Large unplanned expenses, such as those relating to long-term care, have
the potential to wreak havoc on a retirement income plan.
Establishing an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a great way to build retirement assets and being able to designate beneficiaries simplifies the issue of passing it on after death. However, a lot can happen once it is passed on to the primary beneficiary (usually the spouse) and beyond to contingent beneficiaries (the children) that can produce harmful, unintended consequences. If leaving a legacy that can endure is your goal, simply naming beneficiaries on your IRA is not the way to go.
Retirees’ demand for more predictability and security in their retirement income has led an increasing number of financial advisors to look to annuities as way to provide more stability in their clients’ investment portfolios. They are also looking to annuities as a way to replace the third leg of the retirement income stool as a guaranteed lifetime income. Retirement planning occurs in different phases and at different stages of peoples’ lives. Depending on what stage of life a person is in, there is different kind of annuity that is best suited for their situation.