Jim Lorenzen, CFP®, AIF®
Annuity income may feel secure; but, is it really? Once you realize that money is worth only what it can purchase, the effects of inflation become woefully clear.
Suppose your annuity will provide you with $50,000 in annual income through retirement. It sounds good, but does it provide for cost-of-living increases? If not, those payments will likely be worth less each year. Assuming a 3% inflation rate, your $50,000 will represent only about $48,500 of purchasing power in today’s dollars in the second year. In the tenth year, your purchasing power would be around $37,200 in today’s dollars; and, in the 20th year, it would be around $27,700!
The pattern is clear: Your purchasing power would be declining each year. If you purchased the annuity in order to preserve lifestyle security, you may be very disappointed.
Remember, there are different kinds of annuities:
All have their own bells & whistles and all have their own set of characteristics and costs, sometimes not so obvious. And, the chances are excellent you’re paying extra for any add-on benefits that may appear free. Often, you may be able to replicate those same benefits with less cost through some basic and prudent financial planning. Just remember NOTHING is ever the answer for ALL your money. Diversification isn’t about money; it’s about risk. And, there are more risks than one you should be considering. Also remember….
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Jim Lorenzen is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional and An Accredited Investment Fiduciary® in his 21st year of private practice as Founding Principal of The Independent Financial Group, a fee-only registered investment advisor with clients located in New York, Florida, and California. He is also licensed for insurance as an independent agent under California license 0C00742. IFG helps specializes in crafting wealth design strategies around life goals by using a proven planning process coupled with a cost-conscious objective and non-conflicted risk management philosophy.
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