At a time when the market downturn has caused some advisors to question their ability to construct adequate retirement income portfolios, advisors are increasingly turning to annuities to help cover their clients’ basic needs in retirement.
As clients’ portfolios have diminished in tandem with the markets–in some cases substantially–advisors are increasingly using annuities with guarantees to address clients’ retirement income floor–the cushion that will provide ample money for the basic necessities in retirement. Many advisors are now “looking at annuities or some type of income guarantee, an immediate annuity or variable annuity,” says Dennis Gallant, president of GDC Research in Sherborn, Massachusetts, who recently penned a report with Practical Perspectives called Examining Best Practices in Constructing Retirement Income Portfolios. The research found that of the advisors polled, 41% agreed that they are now more open to using annuities. Providing a guarantee for retirement income portfolios “is part of the solution, not the entire solution,” Gallant says.