Helping Retirees Dodge the Medicare Income-Based Surcharge
You can alter a client’s investments to generate income that is excluded from Medicare’s income calculation, but the time to plan is now.
Building the Modern-Day Stretch IRA: Proceed With Caution
The Supreme Court’s recent finding on non-spousal inherited IRAs has generated renewed interest in how to structure the IRA as a wealth transfer vehicle.
Retirement Safety Net Combines Variable and Deferred Income Annuities
Clients can reap the benefits—at a better price point—of market participation and income guarantees by combining a variable annuity with a deferred income annuity.
File and Suspend Creates a Social Security Insurance Policy
A Social Security loophole lets clients who have delayed retirement get benefits even after the initial deferral decision has been made. There's one caveat, however.
IRS Blesses 401(k) Rollovers With Pre-, After-Tax Contributions
New IRS rules change the treatment of after-tax retirement plan assets upon distribution, providing flexibility and certainty for clients with both pretax and after-tax contributions.
Helping Clients Avoid the IRS on Tax-Free Inherited IRA Rollovers
IRS blessed tax-free rollovers for two spouses inheriting IRAs that didn't name them as beneficiaries, but they could have done the same with proper planning.
Safeguarding Retirement With 401(k) Plan In-Service Withdrawals
Little-known IRS rules that provide for in-service 401(k) withdrawals allow use of funds already earmarked for retirement to implement an annuity strategy while still working.
New Hybrid Indexed Annuities Balance Market Volatility
Insurance carriers have developed a hybrid fixed indexed annuity with a built-in hedge that allows greater potential for participation in market gains.
Fixed Annuity Sales Rising in 2014, but Why Now?
Since the equity markets have risen, VAs should be more appealing as a retirement income-planning product. So why are sales of fixed annuities up so sharply while VA sales have fallen?
Recharacterizing Roth IRAs Smartly: Use Multiple Roths
Despite the benefits that recharacterizing a Roth conversion can offer, this route can sometimes function as a double-edged sword.