Monthly Archives: February 2016

Common Annuity Riders. By John Jastremski

An annuity is a contract between you (the purchaser or owner) and the issuer (an insurance company). In its simplest form, you pay money to the annuity issuer, the issuer invests the money for you, and then the issuer pays … Continue reading

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Bonds, Interest Rates, and the Impact of Inflation. By John Jastremski

There are two fundamental ways that you can profit from owning bonds: from the interest that bonds pay, or from any increase in the bond’s price. Many people who invest in bonds because they want a steady stream of income … Continue reading

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Annuities as an IRA Investment Option. By John Jastremski

A deferred annuity is one of several investment options you can choose from to fund your IRA. You might think that a deferred annuity isn’t suitable as an investment option for an IRA, since both deferred annuities and IRAs generally … Continue reading

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A Retirement Income Roadmap for Women. By John Jastremski

More women are working and taking charge of theirown retirement planning than ever before. What does retirement mean to you? Do you dream of traveling? Pursuing a hobby? Volunteering your time, or starting a new career or business? Simply enjoying … Continue reading

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After the Military: Tips for Your Financial Transition to Civilian Life. By John Jastremski

A drawdown is looming. You’re separating at the end of active service. You’ve decided to retire after a long career. No matter why you’re leaving the military, a big part of preparing for your civilian life is taking steps to … Continue reading

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Converting Savings to Retirement Income. By John Jastremski

During your working years, you’ve probably set aside funds in retirement accounts such as IRAs, 401(k)s, or other workplace savings plans, as well as in taxable accounts. Your challenge during retirement is to convert those savings into an ongoing income … Continue reading

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The ABCs of Mutual Fund Share Classes. By John Jastremski

When investing in a mutual fund, you may have the opportunity to choose among several share classes, most commonly Class A, Class B, and Class C. This multi-class structure offers you the opportunity to select a share class that is … Continue reading

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Exchange-Traded Funds: Do They Belong in Your Portfolio? By John Jastremski

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become increasingly popular since they were introduced in the United States in the mid-1990s. Their tax efficiencies and relatively low investing costs have attracted investors who like the idea of combining the diversification of mutual funds … Continue reading

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Changing Jobs? Take Your 401(k) and Roll It. By John Jastremski

If you’ve lost your job, or are changing jobs, you may be wondering what to do with your 401(k) plan account. It’s important to understand your options. What will I be entitled to? If you leave your job (voluntarily or … Continue reading

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