Retirement Planning Part 2

Estate planning
Concepts included on this site dealing with federal estate tax issues may not be the most acceptable or best solutions to your situation. You should consult your attorney for advice on your particular situation.

On June 7, 2001, the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act was signed by President Bush, bringing many changes over the next decade. Effective January 1, 2002, federal estate taxes will be steadily reduced and eventually abolished in 2010. Without further congressional action, however, the law as it existed in 2001 comes back into effect for 2011 and thereafter.

Estate Planning involves developing a “plan” that will accomplish the goals and objectives of an estate owner while living and at death. These goals … Read More

Retirement Planning Part 1

Retirement Planning
Deciding how much money you need for retirement is a highly personal calculation. It depends on any number of factors, from your current lifestyle to your general state of health to whether you plan to retire early. That’s why we’ve designed this set of five interactive worksheets to let you tailor your estimate to your own circumstances. Be forewarned: These worksheets will take some time to complete. But when you’re done, you’ll have a dependable estimate of

  • How much annual retirement income you’ll need.
  • How much you can count on from your pension and Social Security benefits.
  • What your total nest egg must be, and
  • How much you need to put away this year to begin to reach
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Purchased life annuity Guide Part 2

Increasing or escalating annuity
Some offices offer increasing annuities, where the instalments increase by a fixed percentage each year. This can help to offset the effects of inflation, although the rate of inflation may well be higher than the fixed rate of increase. You should also remember that a level annuity will be much higher for the same premium than the initial level of an increasing annuity.

A few offices have annuities linked to the Retail Price Index. Unit-linked annuities are also available and three offices have an annuity linked to their with-profits funds. All these types of annuity give a lower initial payment than a fixed annuity, but better protection against future inflation.

Impaired life annuity
In the past, … Read More

Purchased life annuity Guide

Purchased life annuity
Also known as an immediate annuity, this type of contract provides, in return for a single premium, an annual payment starting immediately and continuing for the rest of the annuitant’s life.

Annuities can be on a single life or joint lives, most usually husband and wife. These policies are particularly popular for retired people who want a guaranteed income for as long as they live. They may be bought with the tax free cash available from a personal pension on retirement.

Where an annuity is being used to provide retirement income for a married couple, it would not be advisable to have a single life annuity, because if the annuitant died first, payments would cease and the … Read More

Annuity Guide

An annuity is a contract where the person who pays for the annuity (the annuitant) will receive a set amount every year for a certain period. Despite the name annuity, the payments may be made monthly and the cost of the annuity will depend on the likely length of time for which it will be paid.

Most annuities are bought for a lump sum, i.e. single premium, and start immediately – known therefore as immediate annuities. Regular premium annuities are also available.

Annuities are normally expressed in terms of annual amounts payable, though in practice, they can be payable monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annually. An annuity can be paid in advance or arrears, for example, where an annuity is effected … Read More