The coronavirus has taken the world, and the U.S. economy, by storm. After the longest bull market in history, the stock market is now deep in bear market territory.1 Businesses, sports, leagues, and schools have shut down. This is an unprecedented time in American history, but it should continue for at least a bit longer. On March 29, President Trump extended the nation’s social distancing guidelines through the end of April.2
We can’t predict when life will get back to normal or when the economy may recover. However, you can take action to minimize your exposure to future risk and to take back control of your financial future. Below are a few steps to consider during this volatile time:
Review your strategy.
When’s the last time you reviewed your retirement strategy? Many people become more risk-averse as they become older, even without the threat of coronavirus. If you haven’t adjusted your strategy in years, now may be the time to do so.
It may be time to take a more conservative approach. A financial professional can help you determine if your current strategy is still right for your needs and goals. We can offer virtual consultations to help you review your strategy from the comfort and safety of your home.
Protect your retirement income.Are you planning on taking retirement withdrawals from your savings? If so, now could be the time to protect that income so it continues for life, no matter what threats may arise in the future. For instance, you can use annuities to create guaranteed* lifetime streams of income. The income continues as long as you live, no matter how the coronavirus or any other risk affects the economy.
Consider risk protection tools.
There some types of annuities that allow you to earn interest based on a stock market index’s performance. If the index performs well, you may earn more interest. If it performs poorly, you don’t lose money. Again, a financial professional can help you determine if these tools are right for you.
Ready to protect your nest egg from market volatility? Let’s talk about it. Contact us today at Scott and Associates of Texas. We can help you analyze your strategy. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
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Investing involves risk, including the loss of principal. No Investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in a period of declining values. Any references to protection benefits or lifetime income generally refer to fixed insurance products, never securities or investment products. Insurance and annuity products are backed by the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Any transaction that involves a recommendation to liquidate funds held on securities product, including those within an IRA, 401(K) or other retirement plan, for the purchase of an annuity, can be conducted only by individuals currently affiliated with a properly registered investment advisor. If your financial professional does not hold the appropriate registration, please consult with your own broker/dealer representative or registered advisor for guidance on your securities holdings.
Guaranteed lifetime income available through annuitization or the purchase of an optional lifetime income rider, a benefit for which an annual premium is charged. Guarantees provided by annuities are subject to the financial strength of the issuing insurance company; not guaranteed by any bank or the FDIC.
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