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Kerry Pechter: How Annuities Fit Into the Retirement Income Puzzle

The author and columnist unpacks the benefits and limitations of annuities in an era of ultralow yields.

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Our guest on the podcast today is Kerry Pechter. He is the editor and publisher of Retirement Income Journal, which he launched in 2009 to provide unconflicted news and analysis to the annuity and financial advice industries. RIJ recently celebrated its 500th issue. Kerry is also the author of Annuities for Dummies and two other nonfiction books. He has been an editor of Annuity Market News, a writer in Vanguard's individual annuity marketing department, a senior editor at Rodale Press, and a reporter for The Billings Montana Gazette.



Annuities for Dummies

Retirement Income Journal

Advisor Landscape

Out of Commission,” by Kerry Pechter,, Sept. 19, 2013.

Seeking ‘Ambidextrous Advisers’,” by Kerry Pechter,, Jan. 9, 2020.


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Annuity Basics

Will Fee-Only Advisors Warm to Annuities?” by Kerry Pechter,, Oct. 19, 2018.

Two Client-Centric Income Strategies,” by Kerry Pechter,, Jan. 10, 2019.

A Primer for Annuity Newbies,” by Kerry Pechter,, May 28, 2020.

Another Advantage of Annuities: You Can Be More Aggressive With Non-Annuity Funds and Fare Better Long-Term,” by Kerry Pechter,

The One True Path to Income--The New DIAs,” by Kerry Pechter,

Now You Can Invest in a Longevity Annuity Within an IRA or 401(k),” by Kerry Pechter,

The Catch-22 of In-Plan Annuities,” by Kerry Pechter,, Dec. 17, 2020.

“'Dull' Investments Shine in a Crisis,” by Kerry Pechter,, March 26, 2020.

Why Is Income Planning So Hard?” by Kerry Pechter,, June 30, 2020

Annuity Trends

Registered Index-Linked Annuities

Stormy Weather for Life Insurers,” by Kerry Pechter,, April 9, 2020.

Low Interest Rates Shock Sales of Most Annuities,”, Aug. 6, 2020.

Pandemic Hurt Annuity Sales in 2020,” by Kerry Pechter,, March 10, 2021.

Trends RIJ Will Track in 2021,” by Kerry Pechter,, Jan. 7, 2021.

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