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Author: jg4 Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 35397  
Subject: Annuities Date: 9/16/2008 8:49 PM
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I am helping a friend with her retirement portfolio. She is 65 has SS, Medicare, and a retirement fund. An annual withdrawal of the usual 3-4% of the fund is not a large enough supplement to her SS for her income needs. But annuitizing (immediate life) about a 1/3 of her retirement fund would bring her income up to what she needs.

I checked Vanguard and the payout is about 8.2% which seems pretty good to me.

I haven't dealt with annuities before but I am aware of the objections over the fees and expenses associated with them. However, in this case I don't see any way she will have the necessary income without it. I realize that the annuity is not inflation protected, but the remaining 75% of her income is inflation indexed. She understands this, but wants the higher income now while she can still travel and so on.

I am nervous, though, committing a 1/3 of her portfolio for this, particularly, in these times.

Anybody with experience with annuities?

Thanks,
JG
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