Which is Better: a 403(b) or Mutual Funds?

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Understanding 403(b) Annuities

What Are 403(b) Annuities?

As a nonprofit or public education employee, you have a unique opportunity to secure your financial future through 403(b) annuities. These tax-sheltered annuity plans allow you to invest pre-tax funds in an annuity or custodial account, helping you grow your savings tax-deferred until retirement.

Key Benefits:

  • Pre-Tax Contributions: Contributions are payroll deducted and made on a pre-tax basis, allowing your savings to grow without immediate tax implications.
  • Tax-Deferred Growth: Your investments can grow tax-deferred, meaning you only pay taxes upon withdrawal, usually in retirement when you might be in a lower tax bracket.
  • Employer Contributions: Many plans offer employer match or non-match contributions, enhancing your retirement savings.

403(b) Annuity Benefits

Investing in a 403(b) annuity comes with several advantages designed to protect and grow your retirement funds:

Long-Term Care Insurance: Can cover expenses for nursing homes, assisted living, and home healthcare, offering peace of mind.

Principal Protection: Most contracts ensure that your initial investment is protected.

Guaranteed Income: Provides a steady income stream for life, ensuring financial stability in retirement.

Guaranteed Returns: Offers a guaranteed rate of return, safeguarding your earnings against market volatility.

Inflation Protection: Helps your savings keep pace with inflation, maintaining your purchasing power.

Avoiding Probate: Allows you to leave a death benefit to beneficiaries without the delays and costs of probate.

Annuity Vs 403B

403(b) Annuity Vs. Mutual Fund At A Glance

403(b) AnnuityMutual Fund
Principal ProtectionYesNo
Access To PrincipalLimited liquidityLiquid
Control Over MoneyYesYes
Reinvest EarningsNoYes
Tax-Deferred GrowthYesNo
Guaranteed GrowthYesNo
Can Lose MoneyDepends on typeYes
Guaranteed IncomeYesNo
Inflation ProtectionYesNo
AffordabilityCan be expensiveLow Cost
Professional ManagementDepends on typeYes
Death BenefitYesYes
Long-Term Care InsuranceYesNo
403 B Annuity Vs. Mutual Funds

How We Can Help

At The Annuity Expert, we understand that navigating the complexities of retirement planning can be daunting. You’ve worked hard and deserve a retirement plan that works as hard for you. We believe in finding the best solutions at the lowest costs, ensuring you maximize your investments.

With over 15 years of experience as an insurance agency, annuity broker, and retirement planner, we have the expertise to guide you through the intricacies of 403(b) annuities and other retirement options. We stand against high fees and complex products that don’t deliver value, advocating instead for straightforward, cost-effective solutions tailored to your needs.

What We Recommend

Step 1: Schedule a Consultation

Benefit: Gain clarity and confidence about your retirement options.

During this step, we’ll discuss your current financial situation, retirement goals, and any concerns you have. This personalized approach ensures that we understand your unique needs and can recommend the best strategies to meet them.

Step 2: Personalized Plan Development

Benefit: Receive a customized retirement plan tailored to your goals.

Based on our consultation, we will develop a comprehensive retirement plan that includes the optimal mix of 403(b) annuities, mutual funds, and other investment options. We will explain each component of the plan, ensuring you understand how it works and how it benefits you.

Step 3: Implement and Monitor Your Plan

Benefit: Achieve financial security and peace of mind.

Once you approve your plan, we will help you implement it, handling all the details and paperwork. We will also provide ongoing monitoring and adjustments as needed, ensuring your plan remains aligned with your goals and market conditions.

Features and Benefits:

  • Expert Guidance: We offer in-depth knowledge and experience, ensuring you make informed decisions.
  • Customized Solutions: Tailored plans that address your specific needs and goals.
  • Ongoing Support: Continuous monitoring and adjustments to keep your plan on track.
  • Cost Efficiency: Low-cost solutions that maximize your returns.

Common objections might include concerns about fees, complexity, or commitment. We counter these by offering transparent pricing, straightforward explanations, and flexible plans that can adapt to your changing needs.

Choosing not to work with us means risking your financial security in retirement. By partnering with The Annuity Expert, you gain a trusted ally dedicated to your financial well-being, ensuring you enjoy a comfortable, worry-free retirement. The internal satisfaction of knowing you have a secure plan in place and the confidence to enjoy your retirement years is invaluable.

Contact us today for free advice or a quote. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

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Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

The Annuity Expert is an independent online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. The goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning and find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates

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