If you’re anywhere near retirement age, or if you’re in retirement, chances are you’ve had an Equity-Indexed Annuity (EIA) pitched to you.
Now, if for some reason you’ve missed out on these pitches (Maybe you’ve been out the country? Don’t have a phone? Don’t read your mail?) here’s the gist: Insurance salesman tells you about this wonderful product that allows you to participate in the stock market’s upside, while not experiencing any of the market downside. In today’s stock market climate, sounds pretty good, huh?
A couple of things come into play that the salesguy doesn’t highlight for you:
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You get it: you need to invest wisely in order to grow your wealth.
You understand the importance of getting your money into the market, and you’ve been diligently contributing to retirement accounts and maybe even a brokerage account for years now.
But you can’t help but wonder… are you investing in the best possible way? Are you potentially missing out on a better investment someone else is using that you don’t know about?
It’s reasonable to feel this fear of missing out on something great — or having a little investing FOMO. It’s when you act on this fear that …Read More
James B. Cloonan is the founder and chairman of the American Associate of Indivdiual Investors (AAII). Last year he wrote an article for the AAII Journal in which he reflected on the financial services industry and his career in running a financial education non-profit as he approached retirement. At the end of the article he mentioned some of his regrets, writing:
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I wish AAII could reach a wider range of investors. We are serving mostly fairly affluent investors who already have a basic or advanced knowledge of investing. Even though our membership fees are low and we have tried programs