Fixed Annuities Trending—But Why Now?
Fixed annuities are undeniably trending, but as financial producers and clients alike evaluate retirement income planning goals.
A Smarter Strategy for Recharacterizing Roths
Despite the benefits that recharacterizing a Roth conversion can offer, this route can sometimes function as a double-edged sword.
Qualified Plan Dollars Multiply the Value of Life Insurance
For a small business owner, using qualified plan dollars to purchase life insurance protection is a strategy that can satisfy a variety of needs and is one that can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth transitioning of the business upon the owner’s exit.
Reversionary Annuities—A Planning Fit?
The reversionary annuity is gaining traction among carriers as a product that combines features of both annuities and life insurance in order to provide guaranteed income to survivors.
Dodging the Backdoor Investment Income Tax on Retirement Funds
The new 3.8 percent net investment income tax (NIIT) has created planning challenges that have not yet shown up on many advisors’ radar.
Private Placement Variable Annuities: The Luxury Retirement Vehicle of the Future
Traditional tax-preferred planning vehicles can create undesirable limits for ultra-wealthy clients, who have more cash to spare and require high performing investment vehicles.
Linked vs. Built-in Living Benefits: Fixing the Health Coverage Gap
New developments in the health insurance market mean that many clients may need these policies more than ever today.
Final Longevity Annuity Regulations Clear Path for Future Growth
The Treasury Department recently issued final regulations governing qualified longevity annuity contracts that are likely to cause sparks to fly in the annuity industry in the coming years.
DIAs: More Than Just Longevity Insurance
In the ongoing hunt for stable, pension-like retirement income sources, deferred income annuities are heating up as an increasing number of insurance carriers have begun to offer the products.
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Certain high income clients who have not previously made deductible IRA contributions ought consider opening a traditional IRA this year and contributing the largest allowable nondeductible contribution they can manage.
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Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax, Gift Tax, Valuation
Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), Hedge Funds, Mutual Funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Unit Trusts
Amounts Not Received as an Annuity, Amounts Received as an Annuity: Fixed Annuities, Annuity Rules: Variable Annuities, Charitable Gift Annuity, Death, Disposition, Divorce, Estate Tax, Gifts and Charitable Gifts, In General, Loss, Private Annuity, Structured Settlements, Taxation, Withholding
Bond Premium, Corporate Bonds, Inflation-Indexed Bonds, Market Discount, Municipal Bonds, Original Issue Discount, Other Issues Affecting Bonds, Short-Term Taxable Obligations (Maturities One Year or Less), Treasury Bonds and Notes
Accumulated Earnings Tax, Alternative Minimum Tax, Death Proceeds of Business Life Insurance, Estate Tax Issues, Gift Tax Issues, Premiums, S Corporations, Sale or Liquidation of Partnership Interest, Stock Purchase Agreement, Transfer of Policy
Funded Deferred Compensation (Annuities and Trusts), Unfunded Deferred Compensation
New Disclosure Regulations for Retirement Plan Service Providers
Corporations And Other Business Entities, General Rules
Abbreviations, About Summit Business Media, About the Editors, Introduction
Death Benefits, Group Permanent Insurance, Group Survivor Income Benefit, Group Term Life Insurance, Retired Lives Reserves
Employer-Provided Health Insurance, Health and Medical Savings Accounts, Health Insurance And The Estate Tax, Health Insurance And The Gift Tax, The New Health Care Reform Law
Distributions, Early Distributions, Eligibility, Employer-Sponsored IRAs, Estate Tax Issues, Filing Requirements, In General, Required Minimum Distributions, Simple IRA, Simplified Employee Pension (SEP)
Cash Value Increases, Collection of Delinquent Income Taxes from Life Insurance, Creditor Insurance, Death Proceeds, Demutualization, Disability Provisions Under Life Policies, Divorce, Gift Tax Issues, Gifts and Charitable Gifts, Government Life Insurance, Life Insurance Trusts, Life Insurance: Estate Tax Issues, Living Proceeds, Policies Insuring More Than One Life, Premiums, Single Premium Whole Life Insurance Policy, Taxation Of Distribution of Life Insurance Contract, Value of Unmatured Policy
In General, Non-Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance Contract, Premiums, Reporting Requirements, Taxation of Benefits
Insurance & Employee Benefits, Investments
Employer Deduction, Plan Types And Features, Qualification, Qualified Plans And The Estate Tax, Taxation of Distributions
Dividends, Sale or Exchange, Stock Options, Stock Warrants, Worthless Securities
Amounts Received Under the Plan, Changing Issuers, Contract Requirements, Contributions, Distributions, Excise Taxes, Plan Termination, Social Security and Withholding Taxes