Uncle Sam Weighs in on Lifetime Income
According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a husband and wife both aged 65 have approximately a 47% chance that at least one of them will live to his or her 90th birthday and a 20% chance of living to his or her 95th birthday. As life expectancy continues to climb, the fear of outliving one’s assets has become top-of-mind for most Americans. Today, it’s becoming more important than ever to put retirement strategies in place that guarantee lifetime income.
The GAO’s June 2011 report to the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging specifically called for considering an income-generating annuity as part of an investor’s overall retirement plan:
- Instead of opting for a lump sum payout from an employer-sponsored defined benefit plan, middle-income retirees should consider converting at least part of their savings into an inflation-adjusted annuity or choose a guaranteed stream of income from an annuity.
Why an annuity instead of a lump sum payout? Annuities provide guaranteed lifetime income and you owe it to yourself to learn more.
An easy way to see if your retirement income strategy measures up is to order to request a free Income for Life Illustration. Your Income for Life Illustration shows you the top 3 income generators tailored specifically to you. With this information, you’ll know without a doubt what income you can expect during your retirement years.
Or, call us at 866-904-4700 to talk more about whether it makes sense for you to convert a portion of your savings into an income-generating annuity. With thoughtful and careful planning we can help you stop worrying about your retirement security, and instead, focus on enjoying a secure retirement.
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