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Do you charge for your consultations?
Whether you found us online, are a referral, or attended one of our seminars,
our consulations are always free. You can request a free consultation here.
How do you get paid?
We are paid on commission. That being said, our commission is paid directely
from the company and never comes out of your money. 100% of your money
goes to work for you 100% of the time.
What is an annuity?
An annuity, by definition, is a contract with an insurance company that is
designed to grow your money and then pay an income stream through what is
called annuitization. Annuitizing a policy is the traditional way of
taking an income stream, and in rare cases, is still utilized today. However,
over the years, annuities have evolved making income easier and less
constraining. Today, annuities offer a wide range of ways to take income
through what are called income riders. Income riders are not an annuitization,
and therefore do not lock you into a payout that you cannot stop. Modern day
annuities also offer many different ways to earn interest. You can still purchase
the traditional straight interest paying annuity, or you can choose an annuity
that is indexed to the market and can provide market gains without the risk of
Do I have access to my money in an annuity?
Most annuities come with a free withdrawal provision. Depending on the
annuity recommended, you can access the free withdrawal in the first year or
after the first anniversary of the policy. Most annuities will allow either a 5 or
10 percent free withdrawal without any surrender charges. If you choose to
exercise the free withdrawal, your account values will be reduced accordingly.
What are surrender charges and how do they work?
Surrender charges are only incurred if you withdraw more than the free
withdrawal allowed, or if you surrender the policy in full during the surrender
period which is usually the length of the contract. Each policy is different,
therefore, the percentages will vary. If we make a recommendation to you,
every aspect of the policy will be disclosed and discussed including surrender
What is indexing and how does it work?
Indexing, as it pertains to an annuity, is when you deposit your money into an
account that is linked to a certain indices such as the S&P 500. Your money is
not actually in the market, but tied to the chosen indices. Depending on your
chosen indexing method, when a positive gain is earned in a given time frame,
your account is credited with interest. Because your money is not actually in
the market, if there is a downturn, you don't participate in the downturn. You
may have a zero year, but you will not lose any of your principal.
Are there any fees with the annuities you sell?
The only fee you might have would be associated with an income rider. Some
income riders are built into the policy and don't have a fee. If a policy is
recommended to you that does have a fee, it will be disclosed. Income rider
fees vary from policy to policy and can range from .05% to 1.05%.
What is an income rider and how does it work?
When the time comes for you to exercise the income rider attached to your
policy, the amount paid will be based on your age at the time you turn it on,
and the payout percentage offered by the policy. For example, if you exercise
the income option at age 65, the payout percentage might be around 5% of the
income account value. Some policies are designed to pay you immediately,
and others you may have to wait a period of time. Each circumstance is
different, so we take into careful consideration your needs as to which policy
will best suit you.
What is the difference between the accumulation account value and the income account value?
The accumulation account value is your true walk away value inside the policy.
If you should ever choose to cancel your policy within the surrender charge
period, the accumulation value is the value you will recieve minus any
surrender charges if applicable. The income account value is the value that
your income payment will be based on. This value is only accisible to you
through an income stream. There are some policies that allow the income
value to pass to beneficiaries if it is taken over a period of usually 5 years.
Is there a bonus offered with the annuities you sell?
There are many annuities that offer some type of bonus. The bonus could be
credited to either the accumulation value, the income value, or both. Bonuses
vary depending on the policy and can range from 1% up to as high as 30%.
In most cases, high bonuses are credited to the income account to help boost
the starting income payout. Bonuses can be a great help to offest losses
incurred due to market downturns.
How does the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) work?
The Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) is a cycling of your qualified
account through the tax system starting at 70 1/2. This is a mandatory
process that has with it a stiff penalty if you don't take it. The penalty is 50% of
the amount you should have taken out for the given year. The best way to take
your RMD is through an income stream provided by an annuity.
Is an annuity right for me?
This question can only be answered through a careful examination of your
overall financial situation. If you are wanting growth, growth followed
by income, or a safe alternative to growth without risk of loss, then an annuity
might be the right fit for you.
Life is full of surprises. We try to be prepared for them. Rely on our experience to provide you with sound financial advice that won't leave you scratching your head wondering which direction to go. We'll explain your options in uncomplicated terms.