Are Annuities a Good Investment? The Good, Bad, and Real Ugly


You may have heard investment advisors – or insurance advisors – talk about them in the past. In fact, earlier I described several reasons you should and shouldn’t buy annuities.

If you catch me on the street and ask if annuities are a good investment, I’d tell you the short answer is that it depends.

If you press me further, I’d tell you that most of the time they aren’t a good investment.

If you demand clarification, I’d probably just shoot you a link to this article – unless you’d like to take me to In-N-Out Burger and pick up the tab. ;)

are annuities a good investment

Here, I’m going to define annuities, show you why some people buy them, present two particular types of annuities, and show you a few alternatives you might like.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! Let’s get started.
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15 Ways to Invest $10,000

Do you remember the first time you wrote a check for $100?

The first $100 check I wrote was for my cell phone waaayyy back in 1997.  Whoa….that brings back memories.

What about your first, $1,000 check? Even better, your first $10,000 check?

The first time I wrote a check for $10,000 was to pay off my student loan debt.  That was, by far, the best check I ever wrote!

It’s not too often that you have an extra $10,000 lying around, but if you did it would definitely be a good problem to have.  :)

But the answer as to what to do with the money isn’t always clear. Allow me to suggest a few ways to invest it – like 15 of them.  Here’s 15 ways to invest $10,000.

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5 Ways You’re Networking Terribly Wrong

We’ve all been there.

You’re at an event and get cornered by a narcissist.

You try to escape, but it’s no use.

You’re stuck in networking hell.

In life — and especially in business — your network is everything.

Author and former Yahoo director Tim Saunders says it this way:

“Your network is your net worth.”

One man that knows about networking is John Corcoran, an attorney, entrepreneur and founder of

By networking, he was 23 when he landed a job at the White House. He now shares with others how to build better relationships in business.

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One of the best ways to grow your income is to grow your network; however, a lot of people get networking wrong. They are in it for just themselves instead of trying to help others. Here are five common mistakes.
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16 Hobbies That Can Actually Make You Money

It all started with the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie Card.

At the time, it was the holy grail of any kid that loved sports.

And it was also my introduction of my favorite hobby as a kid: collecting baseball cards.

My dad loved taking me to baseball card shows and we would work the room scanning the vendors tables hoping to score some great finds.

He honestly believed it would help pay for my college tuition. I just hoped I would make a few extra bucks so I could buy a new pair of Nike Air Jordan’s.

Either way, we truly believed that we could make money off a hobby that we both enjoyed.

Unfortunately, that hobby didn’t quite workout for us, but that doesn’t mean that your hobby couldn’t start making you some nice cash on the side.

16 hobbies that can make real money in your spare time

Here are 16 hobbies that you can make money with including some real examples from GF¢ readers.

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8 Secrets Your Life Insurance Agent Might be Keeping From You

We would like to think of life insurance agents as trusted advisers whose only aim is to get us the right coverage.

But the nature of life insurance -– and the job of life insurance agents -– makes them something close to our natural enemy.

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One easy way to prevent being taken advantage of is to find an independent agent. “Independent agents save you time and money,” said Chris Huntley, co-founder of “Rather than completing applications and medical exams with 15 different insurance companies to see which one will approve you at the best rating, make one call to a qualified independent agent, who can place you with the most appropriate carrier based on your unique personal and medical history.”

In a lot of ways, what hurts us as consumers of life insurance actually benefits life insurance agents. Here are nine examples of what I’m talking about.
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GF¢ 048: 8 Warning Signs You Need to Fire Your Financial Advisor


You’ve been working with a financial advisor for some time now, but now you’re starting to have doubts that you hired the right person for the job.

Hopefully, you did a background check on them first, right?

Is that financial planner more interested in helping you achieve your financial dream or just trying to sell you something?

fire financial advisor

Too often people have handed their money over to a financial advisor without researching whether they were good or not.

Even worse is that when they suspect that they are not getting the service they deserve, they don’t do anything about it.

If you have a suspect financial advisor, here are warning signs that you need to tell them,”You’re Fired,” and move on.
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How to Maximize Your Social Security Income (and avoid these 6 costly mistakes)

We’re all about retirement planning, and we often talk about Roth IRAs and other retirement accounts and strategies.

But what about Social Security? It’s an often overlooked, though highly critical, component of your retirement plan.

There are ways to maximize your Social Security income, but the most effective strategies need to be put in place before you actually begin collecting benefits.

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This can be confusing, because there are several different options as to when you can take Social Security. For example, you can take benefits beginning at ages 62, 67, 70, or any age you choose.

However, know that your age at the time of retirement will affect the amount of your benefit, as well as the benefits you’ll receive for the rest of your life.
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GF¢ 047: Crushing Goals for 2015


“Dream small dreams. If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed and you don’t do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals.”

John H. Johnson

By now, if you’ve been a reader of my blog, you know that I LOVE to set goals. This is a byproduct of joining The Strategic Coaching program 4 years ago. You can read how much I love that program here.

Setting and reviewing my goals consistently has yielded wild and crazy results. My revenue has almost tripled (hopefully soon quadruple!) and I’ve taken more time off than I ever have. #winning

my goals 2015

This was the first goals post I shared on the blog. I then did a few follow up posts here and here.
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What is an “Indirect Rollover”? (and why you should care)

We often hear the term “rollover” in connection with retirement accounts.

People frequently rollover money from one retirement account to another.

One of the biggest types of rollovers occurs when a person leaves a job, and does a rollover of their 401(k) plan to an IRA (here’s how you do a 401k rollover to a Roth IRA).

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But as casually as the word rollover is used, there are actually two types, direct and indirect. And which one you use will be more important this year – and from this point forward – than it is ever been in the past.
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The Top 10 Good Financial Goals That Everyone Should Have

If you haven’t realized this yet, I’m kind of a goal setting freak.

Some people do New Year’s resolutions.  That’s great, but I think you need to revisit your goals on a more consistent basis.  For me, that’s every 90 days.

Other people don’t bother to set goals. They choose – unconsciously at least – to rely on luck.

“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.”

Douglas MacArthur

Let’s establish up front that goals are something more substantial than dreams or wishes.

They can start with dreams or wishes, but they have an action plan behind them – something that spells out how we convert a desire into something real.

That’s especially important when it comes to financial goals. Since they require regular investments of money and effort over a long period of time, you need to have workable plan to bring them to reality.

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Start by setting some financial goals. If you’ve never thought much about this, here are 10 good financial goals that everyone should have.
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What the Heck is a Hedge Fund?

Am I the only that thinks of Sonic the Hedgehog when I hear the term “hedge fund”?

Sonic the Hedge Fund

Hedge funds are the mystery players in the investment universe. We hear a lot about them, but few of us ever have any regular interaction with them, and we certainly don’t invest money with them. We assume that the only people who do are the big money people, like Georg Soros and Warren Buffet.
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11 Ways to Invest $100,000 with Confidence

A cool $100,000 hits your checking account. Good day.

Before you go bananas and buy a Tesla with automatic lane-changing capabilities, please take a deep breath – for my sake. The last thing I want to see you do is blow all your money on sports cars or bad investments.

how to invest $100000

Whether I’m investing $100,000 or $1,000,000, there are a few steps I would follow first. You can read more about those steps in my article on how to invest a million dollars.

That article is more about what to do with a large sum of money (like paying off debt and building an emergency fund) – this one will help you learn about a number of investments, investment methods, and investment tools that will lower your risk.

So grab your $100K and invest with confidence!

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