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Subject:  Hartford Annuities Date:  1/16/2004  1:33 AM
Author:  WLombo Number:  38562 of 88524

Hello....I am about to invest $500k split between variable and fixed Hartford Annunities. The fixed is paying 4.6%, and invests almost all in American Funds which I have had forever and perform very well. The variable has quite a high up front fee....2% of 250k. I see Vanguards is lower....but Vanguards customer service seems to be a question for some on these boards. I also plan on investing in some in Cal-e-for-nya.....(that is Arnold's translation). However, with the possible looming interest rate increase, that may not be wise.
Anyone have any comments about Hartford? Calif Bonds....etc...or other suggestions? Husband and I are 45 yrs old, 2M in cash flow, and would like to retire by 55-60 yrs. Still plan to be gainfully employed till 55 or so with about $125,000 annually.
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