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Author: BruceCM Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 75829  
Subject: Re: Annuities Date: 6/14/2013 3:15 PM
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Bill

As others have said, it is most likely a salesman who is making this recommendation, not someone who 'advises'.

How relevant an 'annuity' (and there are many different kinds of 'annuities') is to the financial needs of your niece depends on several factors, to include:

1. The amount involved
2. Whether she requires the inheritance to support her retirement lifestyle or it is an added amount that she doesn't require.
3. Her personal goals and need for cash flow, including potential future long term care.
4. Her willingness to take investment risk
5. When she needs it to start working for her
6. Whether it is important to leave a legacy to heirs

I would suggest, as others have, that she make an appointment with a local Fee-Only CFP or CPA/PFS financial planner. You can find these by googling NAPFA or the Garrett Financial Planning Network. Her "work up" (data collection and analysis) will cost several hundred bucks, but you can be assured that it will be objective and in her best interest....not the best interest of the salesman, which I'm sure is what she's getting now.

BruceM
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