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An annuity is an insurance product that pays out income, and can be used as part of a retirement strategy. Annuities are a popular choice for investors who want to receive a steady income stream in retirement. The size of your payments are determined by a variety of factors, including the length of your payment period. You can opt to receive payments for the rest of your life, or for a set number of years. How much you receive depends on whether you opt for a guaranteed payout or a payout stream determined by the performance of your annuity’s underlying investments.

Life Insurance

A life insurance policy is a contract with an insurance company. In exchange for premium payments, the insurance company provides a lump-sum payment, known as a death benefit, to beneficiaries upon the insured’s death. Typically, life insurance is chosen based on the needs and goals of the owner. Term life insurance generally provides protection for a set period of time, while permanent insurance, such as whole and universal life, provides lifetime coverage. It’s important to note that death benefits from all types of life insurance are generally income tax-free.

Long Term Care

Long-Term Care is the assistance received when someone needs help with two or more Activities of Daily Living — such as dressing, bathing, going to the bathroom, eating or moving about — or when someone suffers a severe cognitive impairment. This care could be provided in the home, in an assisted living or residential care facility, or in a skilled nursing facility such as a nursing home.