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Setting up an annuity for retirement
- Be realistic. Sometimes you have to adapt your long-term plans.
- For long-term income, an annuity may be a better bet than stocks, which can be volatile.
- Take time before you retire to understand the medical coverage you will need later.
- Early in the downturn, Steve changed course from selling stock for income to obtaining an annuity.
- He did a thorough analysis of Medicare benefits to get the plan that worked for him.
Steve thought he had a good investment strategy, but the market downturn prompted a change from stocks to something more stable.
"My original plan for stocks was to sell what I needed when I needed it—a great strategy in November 2007. But when the market went down, I had to rethink. I took a substantial amount out of the stock market and set up an annuity. I should be able to take 5% to 6% out of it for life."
First things first: Untangle Medicare coverage.
"My advice to anyone about to retire is to review the 100-page Medicare booklet before you leave your company and your coverage changes—it took me three months to get through it.
"I had medical coverage from my former job, but when it came time to choose a Medicare plan I didn't realize that Medicare charges more for higher income individuals; it can be $200 to $300 per month. I ended up taking Plan D coverage because my personal plan doesn't cover prescription drugs."
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We thank Steve for sharing what worked for him. His words have been edited. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation or personalized investment advice. Examples provided are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be predictive of future results.
The types of financial transactions mentioned may not be suitable for everyone. Each investor needs to review a transaction for his or her own particular situation. Data contained here is obtained from what are considered reliable sources; however, its accuracy, completeness, or reliability cannot be guaranteed.
All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice in reaction to shifting market conditions. Examples provided,
including statistical simulations, are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to imply future results you should expect to see. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.