College Savings Demystified: The Devil Is in the Details
College tuition presents one of your clients’ largest pre-retirement expenses, so be prepared for the detailed situations that will round out their individual funding scenarios.
The 401(k) Loan: Friend or Foe for Clients?
Borrowing from a 401(k) plan is often a taboo subject for clients, but there are many scenarios where a client will need to borrow funds.
The Retirement Spending Account: Annuity Alternative
A new retirement income product—the retirement spending account—combines aspects of a traditional retirement savings vehicle and an annuity. Watch the pitfalls, however.
How to Dodge the New Medicare Surcharge Bullet
The new Medicare “Doc Fix” law will subject more retired clients to the highest Medicare premium rates, but planning techniques can minimize the impact.
Annuities, Insurance, Investments: A Triple Crown Retirement Income Strategy
Wade Pfau researched the best retirement income strategies. The winning combination might surprise many advisors, Robert Bloink and William Byrnes write.
Exemptions Provide Key to Unlocking DOL Fiduciary Rules
Understanding the exemptions to the proposed DOL fiduciary rules can be as important to the advisor’s practice as the rules themselves.
Combination Annuity-LTC Sales Soar
A new superstar long-term care product has emerged: annuity-LTC contracts that combine a tax-preferred retirement income with appealing LTC features.
Using Fixed Indexed Annuities for Retirement Income
As the search for retirement income alternatives continues, FIAs with new fixed-income features look attractive.
To Maximize the Value of IRAs, Take Action When Client Is 69
IRA owners will say the year in which you turn 70 ½ is most critical, but it's the prior year when clients can reduce RMDs.
The Cadillac of Taxes: Not Just for Luxury Health Savings Vehicles
The types of benefits that will be subject to the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac tax” may be surprising.