By Todd Holden, Financial Advisor
Annuities are the most controversial and confusing investment vehicles available. As an advisor and investor, I receive several emails weekly about annuities. One firm touts them as a great retirement option while another writes that purchasing an annuity is a “top ten mistake” that a retiree can make. What’s the reality?
The market volatility due to COVID-19 has sparked a lot of fear and uncertainty, not only over how to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy, but also in regard to our investment and retirement accounts. It’s understandable to be concerned about your money. However, there are a few things to be aware of that may help you keep perspective and stay calm until the storm passes — and we remain confident that it will.
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which passed on December 20, 2019, brought the greatest expansion to employer retirement plan law since 2006 when Congress allowed auto-enrollment and target-date funds. It also brought about several important changes for retirement savers.