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“If you want to know the past, to know what has caused you, look at yourself in the PRESENT, for that is the past’s effect. If you want to know your future, then look at yourself in the PRESENT, for that is the cause of the future.”
— Majjhima Nikaya
Choosing Variable Annuities For Your Financial Future
When investing in variable annuities you have a number of choices to make. First you will need to decide between the two main types of variable annuities, then you will also make the decision of where you want the money you invest to go. The two main types of variable annuities are the same as fixed annuities, but because they are variable you have more say in where the money goes and can continue to invest over time.
Deferred Versus Immediate
The two main types of variable annuities, much like fixed annuities, are available in both deferred and immediate types. A deferred annuity is one that does not start paying out until a predetermined date in the future, usually after the term ends. An immediate annuity, on the other hand, starts paying out right away, so that you start receiving monthly checks from the start. The deferred type is generally considered to be the better choice for those who still have some time before retirement. It allows the interest earned to be reinvested and continue to earn. For those who are seeking more immediate returns or who are close to retirement, an immediate variable annuity is the better choice.
Deciding Where Your Money Goes
For many people, the big draw of a variable annuity is the opportunity to determine where your money will go. You can select to invest it in one place or separate it among bonds, stocks, and other options to diversify your investment. Making the choice of where to put your investment requires a little research and knowledge of the current market and upcoming market trends. Fortunately, you do not need to be a financial expert to make these decisions. Your insurance agent can provide you with solid advice and make certain you realize as much return as possible.
You also have the option to move that money around as you see fit in response to economic changes. This allows you to have more say in where you money goes and also works to increase your returns as much as possible.
Choosing your variable annuities is a relatively simple process, but it is more involved than a fixed annuity. Many people enjoy this process, and if this is the case for you, variable annuities are a great choice for your retirement. Your insurance agent is there to walk you through the process and make sure you get what you need from your annuities in order to prepare for your retirement.
Securing Your Financial Future With A Roth IRA
When you are considering your options for retirement investments, a Roth IRA is one of the more common possibilities you will encounter. This tax deferred
retirement savings account allows you to invest your money in stocks and bonds, generally through the use of mutual funds, or in other areas of investment. It provides a relatively low risk method of investing for your retirement and has tax advantages over other investment choices.
Differences From Traditional IRAs
A Roth IRA differs from traditional IRAs in a few ways, the main one being that there are generally fewer rules and restrictions applied to a Roth IRA. This is part of what makes them popular as a retirement account choice. A few of the advantages with the Roth IRA include the ability to make contributions to the Roth IRA even if you have a 401k, and a lack of requirements for withdrawals at a certain age. Roth IRAs can also be passed down to your heirs.
One of the disadvantages of a Roth IRA is that the contributions are not tax deductible, as they are with a traditional IRA. However, a Roth IRA, unlike traditional IRAs, allows for tax-free withdrawals under the appropriate circumstances. This tax difference means that although contribution limits are the same for both types, the effective contribution is higher with a Roth IRA.
Contributing To A Roth IRA
Much like traditional IRAs, a Roth IRA has a limit on contributions. Married couples can each contribute their limited amount to the Roth IRA each year. When it comes to making contributions, a Roth IRA is much the same as a traditional one, although your contributions will not be tax deductible.
Making the choice between a traditional and Roth IRA can be difficult for people new to investing; fortunately, your financial advisor can help you to make the right call. Today many insurance agents also provide financial services including Roth IRA investments, which means you can speak to the same person you already trust with your insurance needs to help you with retirement investments.
A Roth IRA can be a very useful investment tool to ensure you have the money you need for retirement and can also provide you with a legacy for your family, since they can be passed down to an heir. This makes them both an investment for you and an investment that allows you to provide money to a loved one when you are gone.