Insight: OPTIMIZING THE RETIREMENT PLANNING STRATEGY: A COMBINATION OF INVESTMENTS, WHOLE LIFE INSURANCE, AND ANNUITIES
By Barry Kozak
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If a couple wants to have enough income during retirement, as well as enough accumulated wealth to leave as a bequest after both have died, there is a way for them to achieve those goals. Statistically their best strategy combines three elements: a 401(k) plan, a whole life insurance policy, and a single premium immediate annuity. During their working years they should contribute to an employer’s 401(k) plan and pay premiums for the whole life insurance policy. At retirement they should purchase a single premium immediate annuity, while maintaining the insurance policy and taking systematic distributions from the 401(k) plan.
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About the Author
Barry Kozak, JD, LLM, MPP, ChFC, RICP, works with individuals and families in aging with dignity, happiness, and purpose; and with financial, physical, and mental health. He also works with small employers on the design, education, and communication of their employee benefits programs, especially in the areas of financial wellness and retirement. He received his juris doctorate and master of laws in Employee Benefits Law degrees from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and his master’s degree from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies.