I realize you’ve heard about the opportunity with baby boomers more than a thousand times, but it’s vital that boomers be adequately prepared for retirement. With one misstep, years of planning could be jeopardized. Not safeguarding their life’s work from a market downturn while transitioning into retirement could be devastating.
Your clients’ 401(k)s need some level of principal protection, and now may be the perfect opportunity to educate them about aged-based, in-service withdrawals at market highs. The strategy works by completing a direct rollover with a portion of their employer’s retirement plan into a fixed index annuity within an Individual Retirement Account. Keep in mind the IRS allows age-based, in-service withdrawals; however, each plan may have its own particular restrictions. In some cases, withdrawals may be based on service credits or subject to a vesting schedule. The benefits of an in-service withdrawal include more control over assets, additional income and wealth transfer options, and the opportunity for more investment strategies.
It may be the perfect time for this strategy considering history and today’s market levels. Take a look at the S&P 500 index, for example. In the last 14 years, the S&P was nearly cut in half twice. According to the Federal Reserve, U.S. median household net worth decreased by 39 percent between 2007 and 2010, consequently reducing 18 years of gains during that time period.
The Bottom Line: Help protect your clients’ nest eggs and create the retirement lifestyle they hoped for. Ash Brokerage will help you in selecting an appropriate fixed indexed annuity with the latest crediting strategies and cutting-edge GLWB’s to help maximize lifetime income while keeping the nest egg intact in the event of a market downturn.
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