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  • Writer's pictureJohn McDonough

Annuities are Bad Investments!

Are you considering or being sold an annuity as an investment for your retirement plan? Think again! You might be setting a trap for your financial future. Let's debunk a major myth and reveal the shocking truth about annuities that could change your approach to retirement planning and make you reconsider who is giving you “advice".

1. Defining the Terms: Investment vs. Safe Money Vehicle

First, let’s clear up some terms. An investment is something you put money into with the expectation of growth, accepting some level of risk. Stocks, real estate, even a business venture – these are investments. On the other hand, a safe money vehicle, like a savings account or certain types of insurance, focuses on protection and stability. So, where do annuities fit in?

2. The Role of Annuities

Annuities aren’t your typical investments. They're designed for asset protection and wealth preservation, especially during retirement. They provide a steady income, yes, but they’re more about safety than growth. It’s crucial to understand this distinction.

3. Different Types of Annuities

There isn't just one type of annuity.  This is NOT a one-size-fits-all all.  Customizing a solution for your specific needs takes experience and vast knowledge of annuity structure.  The perfect world is using as little of your hard-earned retirement as possible to create the maximum amount of guaranteed income for you in retirement.  This is not about shoving everything you own into an annuity.  Quite honestly it's the reverse.  But again many unsuspecting people get “Sold” to place too much into these annuities, causing a huge windfall….not for you…but for the agent/advisor that sold it.

There are Single Premium Immediate Annuities, Deferred Annuities, Fixed Annuities, Indexed, Variable, and some others.  If you are being shown only one type…again question the source.  Are they really helping you or are they trying to help themselves?  Comment below or shoot me a message if you think this is happening to you.

3. Misconceptions and Sales Tactics

Now, here’s where it gets tricky. I've already mentioned it, but I will bring it up again.  Many of my colleagues in the industry don't like me talking about this so publicly.  But I have to shed light on this.  Annuities are often ‘sold’ as great investment opportunities. Why? Because, let’s face it, selling them can earn someone a hefty commission. If someone’s pushing an annuity on you, hard, they might be looking at their bottom line, not yours. Annuities are not designed for big growth or asset appreciation.  They are designed to protect your principal that you've worked so hard to build up and if designed properly to keep up with inflation.  Inflation is the “silent tax” in your retirement plan.  There is a video coming on this topic soon.  Subscribe to our channel so you get notified when the “Silent Tax” video goes live.

4. Annuities in Your Portfolio

Annuities can and should play a role similar to bonds in your portfolio. They're about security, not high returns. Comparing them to a bond fund or portfolio, which we’ll cover in another future video, is like comparing apples to oranges – both fruit, but very different.

To wrap up, annuities can be a valuable part of your retirement plan, but only when used correctly. They’re not bad – they’re just not traditional investments. Armed with this knowledge, you’re now equipped to discuss annuity allocation with your retirement planner effectively. And if you’ve got more questions or need personalized advice, feel free to reach out. Thanks for watching, and remember to subscribe for more content that helps you make smarter financial decisions. See you in the next video!

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