Date posted: July 29, 2009
The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) has replaced NAVA as the consumer’s protector, according to “NAVA Gets Makeover” by Carrie Burns of Insurance Networking News. With new employees and a new home in Washington D.C., the IRI plans to make sure that the insured retirement industry grows stronger. They also want to ensure that investors in these guaranteed income annuities and other products are treated ethically and are well protected in the marketplace.
The IRI’s four main goals are to confirm that ethical practices are always followed in the industry, advocate for the understanding of the value of insured retirement options, safeguard “best practice standards” and “value delivery” within the industry, and to work with policy makers regarding retirement issues.
IRI’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mark Casady, stresses that this change is not simply a rebranding tool. The company plans to change the direction of the insured retirement industry as a whole for their own members, financial advisers, and investors alike. Their website is focused on providing information about annuities, other insured retirement products, and the retirement plan process.
Date posted: June 1, 2009
People everywhere are finding themselves in need of money fast due to difficult economic times. The CEO and President of NAVA, The Association for Insured Retirement Solutions, Cathy Weatherford has advice for people in this situation. Before taking any action, consider the following tips.
- Talk to your financial advisor to discuss all of your options before tapping into retirement funds
- Remember why you purchased your annuity in the first place-security and lifetime guaranteed income. Don’t put your future at risk due to your current financial needs, especially with the possibility of penalties.
- Some annuities allow you to withdraw a percentage each year until you begin receiving monthly payments. If you own this type of annuity, be sure not to withdraw more than the allotted percentage. Talk to an expert about the details so you don’t over withdraw and lose your annuity.
- Make sure to read all of the correspondence from your annuity holders to stay on top of the information. The industry is releasing new products to further help you, along with continuing our excellent customer service and disclosure of terms.
In summary, allow yourself the security, guaranteed income, and peace of mind in retirement that you planned for when purchasing your annuity in the first place.