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Facebook Post By Rob Carrick

Comments By Ivon T Hughes
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Figure 1. Facebook Post By Rob Carrick

Facebook post by Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail

Below is a Facebook post by Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail. The post discusses peoples opinions of two types of reliable sources of income Annuities vs Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefits (GMWB).

Post by Rob Carrick.

When GMWB's were introduced, the product had some attractive features if the buyer was alert enough to understand what he was actually signing up for. Now however, most of the companies have totally dropped these plans or, at least, dropped attractive features.

Turning to annuities, what I find is that most people compare them to investment funds, GIC's and the like. This is comparing completely different products.

What some people don't realize is that they may already be receiving annuity payments.

Consider these scenarios:

  1. If you are receiving a work pension, that is an annuity
  2. If you are receiving an old age pension, that is an annuity
  3. Any continuous government payment is an annuity

So an annuity is just a regular income. And if you buy a private one, you are guaranteeing that you will receive that payment for the rest of your lifetime.

Ivon T Hughes

All the talk about low interest rates, lack of flexibility and other concerns are not reasons to buy or not buy. The best reason to buy the annuity rests with you and your lifestyle. You are guaranteed an income till you die without worrying about interest rates or stock market returns. If you wait then you absolutely need your annuity rates to rise to compensate for the wait.

One item not mentioned in the post was longevity which obviously is a concern for those issuing these annuities. The longer people live the lesser the payment will become though. I have not seen any great change yet.

Another consideration is your health. If you are waiting to spend your savings, remember that if you or your partner fall ill, you may not have all the time you need together to enjoy the benefits.

Phil Barker

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