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Old 01-26-2007, 11:33 AM   #16
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I also have always like dealing with Fidelity because the customer service in my opinion has been above avg. And when you call its not some guy in india you can't understand. And they don't mind speaking to you in laymans terms without making you feel like a moron....
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On the subj. of annuities, I've earned a substantially larger amount of money than expected through them over the last several years and now you have alot more control over your money than ever.

The fees suck, but they always will, but it isn't the wost Idea for some of you younger guys who are just starting to save for retirement.

When I started you had 3 options you could invest in and now they're are a couple of hundred. You can choose a general catagory (low risk low yeild, to high risk high yeild) or go into detail and choose to have certain stocks/bonds omitted alltogether or always included in transactions if you feel comfortable having that kind of control.
You can buy all those funds without buying an annuity. Those are just the funds which you choose and can do the same with mutual funds. With any thing you purchase ask about the fees and commisions by law they have to disclose all this information.
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You can buy all those funds without buying an annuity. Those are just the funds which you choose and can do the same with mutual funds. With any thing you purchase ask about the fees and commisions by law they have to disclose all this information.
That's exactly right. An annuity allows you to invest in a lot of different investments, driving the value of your annuity up until you retire. So until you get to retirement, it's really not much different than using mutual funds in an IRA or a 401K. But once you do retire, the annuity guarantees you a certain level of income, based on how big the balance has grown. All the while, you're getting hit with higher fees.

Pre-retirement, everyone should be using an IRA (or 401K if you have access through your employer) because the fees are much lower. Come retirement, you always have the option to exchange your IRA into an annuity. This allows you to avoid the big fees while you're saving for retirement, and then invest in an annuity guaranteeing your income when retirement comes.
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I will say that even the people at Fidelity stress the importance of having an IRA and only reccomend using Mutual or Annuity funds as supplemental retirement ventures.
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Does anyone know what the "sunset provision" for the 15% capital gains tax legislation is? Because I would think that would need to be taken into account.
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Does anyone know what the "sunset provision" for the 15% capital gains tax legislation is? Because I would think that would need to be taken into account.
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