American Equityhttps://www.american-equity.comThe latest from the American EquityenBack to Annuity Basics: What You Should Know for Retirement Planninghttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/annuities-101<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/AELifeSite_BLOG-0013_BlogThumbnail.png" width="266" height="200"><br>Annuities can offer benefits that may fit your retirement needs, but do you know how they work, are sold and are regulated? Below you will find the answers to these common questions and more.Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTHow Fixed Index Annuities Work [INFOGRAPHIC]https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/how-fixed-index-annuities-work<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0006_SocialImage_AnnuityBasics_022818.png" width="266" height="200"><br>Use this simple guide to annuity basics to understand how these products can fit into your retirement journey. Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMTThe Benefits of Volunteering in Retirementhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/the-benefits-of-volunteering-in-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/ThumVolunteering.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Discover why volunteering in retirement can be beneficial and how making a difference for others can help retirees live a more fulfilled and purposeful life.Mon, 10 Oct 2022 00:00:00 GMTBenefits of Fixed Index Annuitieshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/top-fixed-index-annuity-benefits<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0029_BlogThumbnail_Annuity-Benefits.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>See how the benefits of a fixed index annuity work together to keep retirement income planning on track. We look at six top fixed index annuity benefits: principal protection, tax deferral, growth opportunities, liquidity, guaranteed income and beneficiary payments.Mon, 19 Sep 2022 00:00:00 GMTHow Ready Are Americans for Retirement?https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/how-ready-are-americans-for-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0065-IRI research_Thumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>In partnership with the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and American Equity, a new study examines how retirees and those getting ready to retire feel about their readiness. We highlight some of the top issues they are concerned about and look at how guaranteed income in retirement can help ease worries.Mon, 02 May 2022 00:00:00 GMTThe Benefits of Working with a Financial Professionalhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/the-benefits-of-working-with-a-financial-professional<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0037_BlogThumbnail_WWFP.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Find out top benefits of working with industry experts and how they can help instill confidence and create a greater economic impact on your retirement planning strategy.Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMTRetirement Resolutions for the New Yearhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/top-retirement-resolutions-for-the-new-year<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0002_BlogThumbnail_RetirementResolutions_013118.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Start the year fresh with a retirement game plan to get closer to your financial goals.Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTManaging Retirement Expenses: What to Know About Lifetime Income Riders https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/managing-retirement-expenses-what-to-know-about-lifetime-income-riders<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0028_BlogThumbnail_Planning-For-Lifetime-Income.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Longer, healthier retirements have more and more Americans looking to fixed index annuities and lifetime income rider options for their lifelong income needs.Thu, 20 May 2021 00:00:00 GMTFinding the Best Places to Retire https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/finding-the-best-places-to-retire<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/01WUP_Places to Retire_Thumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>From coast to coast, what's the best place to retire in the U.S.? We look at factors to take into consideration when planning a move in retirement, especially when living on a fixed income.Fri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 GMTWhat Is the SECURE Act and Other Retirement Reform Questionshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/secure-act-retirement-reform<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0045 02.07.20 Secure Act Blo_SocialMedia.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Five things you need to know about the recently-enacted legislation that could impact your retirement and how you plan for retirement.Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT6 Important Retirement Milestones by Agehttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/6-important-retirement-milestones-by-age<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0039 11.08.19 Retirement Milestones_SocialMedia.png" width="266" height="200"><br>From Social Security eligibility to required minimum distributions (RMDs), find out more about six key ages retirees should know.Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMTBaby Boomer Retirement Trends: Transportation & Health Care https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/baby-boomer-retirement-trends-transportation-healthcare<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0021_BlogThumbnail_TrendsRetirement_925180038.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Droves of retiring baby boomers are driving change in late-life transportation and travel. Health care and technology innovations are helping retirees enjoy active lifestyles. Mon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMTSummer Travel Savings Tips for Retireeshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/summer-travel-savings-tips-for-retirees<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0015_BlogThumbnail_SummerTravel.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>As summer gets started, follow these simple summer travel tips to save money and help create a fun, relaxing and safe vacation during your retirement.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMTStarted Late? Catch Up on Retirement Savings with These Tipshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/never-too-late-ways-to-catch-up-on-retirement-savings<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/AELifeSite_BLOG-0016_BlogThumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Whether you're 10 years away or right around the corner from retirement, it's never too late to catch up on retirement savings. Here are some tips to help you increase savings and make your retirement goals a reality.Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMTBudget Plans for Savings and Financial Goalshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/budgets-for-savings-and-financial-goals<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0025_BlogThumbnail_Budget Plans 5 Plans.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Personal budgets can help decrease debt, increase savings and keep track of where your money goes. Find out more about five budgeting methods to consider which might work best for your situation.Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT The Gender Gap, Annuities, and Women in Retirementhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/women-in-retirement-the-gender-gap-annuities-and-tips-for-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/Women in Retirement_Thumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Women have long faced a different reality when it comes to planning for retirement income. We explore some of the factors that influence women in retirement and look at financial tools and resources to help close the gender gap.Fri, 04 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT6 Ways to Help Keep Your Personal Information Safe Online https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/how-to-keep-your-personal-information-safe-online<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_Blog-0027_Social Image_Tips to Keep Your Personal Information.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Get tips about how to help keep your private information safe and protect your privacy online.Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT5 Tips for Living on a Fixed Incomehttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/5-tips-for-living-on-a-fixed-income<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0051 08.27.20_interior blog.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Retirees can adapt to living on a fixed income by tracking and creating a budget for regular living expenses, paying off debt, earning a side income and more.Mon, 31 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMTTop 10 Retirement Planning Questionshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/top-retirement-questions<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0052 09.15.20 Top Retirement Planning Questions-draft.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>From health care concerns to long-term retirement income, here are answers to important questions about preparing for retirementFri, 06 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMTHow to Manage Unexpected Retirement Expenses [INFOGRAPHIC]https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/how-to-manage-unexpected-retirement-expenses<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0005_SocialImage_TopExpenses_013118.png" width="266" height="200"><br>What is the true cost of retirement and what are the driving forces behind unexpected and expected retirement expenses? Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMTEasy (and Safe) Ways to Volunteer During COVID-19https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/volunteer-during-covid-19<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0045_Thumbnail_Volunteering_When_Social_Distancing.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>During this time of crisis, volunteering is more than a way to give back to the community. It's a vital way to help save lives. Here are some ways that you can help out while maintaining social distancing.Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMTThe COVID-19 Pandemic and the Ongoing Impact on Retirement Planning for Americanshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/covid-19-pandemic-and-the-ongoing-impact-on-retirement-planning<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/BLOG-0063_08.05.21_Thumbnail_Blue_BLOG-0062_Thumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>A recent study by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council provides key insight into how many Americans are thinking and feeling about the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has affected retirement income planning, including securing lifetime income with annuities.Tue, 21 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMTWhat to Know About Retirement Unknowns - Four Questions to Better Understand Retirement Incomehttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/what-to-know-about-retirement-unknowns<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/BLOG-0064_Thumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Whether you've been planning for decades or scrambling to catch up for years, retirement is one of life's least defined and most surprising phases. We break down common retirement unknowns and some options you have to help tackle them.Tue, 02 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMTPre-Retirement Checklist: Tips for How to Prepare for Retirementhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/pre-retirement-checklist-how-to-prepare-for-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0023_Blog_Thumbnail_RetirementChecklist.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Get tips on what to do if you're 10, 5 or 1 year out from retirement.Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMTTest Your Retirement Planning Knowledge and Become a Master of Retirementhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/test-your-retirement-planning-knowledge-and-become-a-master-of-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/020038-000_IALC_Social_1200x630[1].png" width="266" height="200"><br>Game On! If you love quiz games, don't miss the Master of Retirement online game that has people thinking about retirement in a whole new way. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMTBaby Boomer Retirement Income Expectations and Opportunitieshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/baby-boomer-retirement-income-expectations-and-opportunities<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/AELifeSite_BLOG-0014_BlogThumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>A look at American retirement planning and lifetime income sources through the past, present and future.Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT10 Facts About Fixed Index Annuitieshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/fixed-index-annuities-faq<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Social Images/AELifeSite_BLOG-FIAFAQ_SocialImage_013118.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Calculating how much money you will need for retirement and understanding different products and their benefits are important for your financial wellbeing. Fixed index annuities are an option many Americans consider including in their retirement planning toolbox. We answer frequently asked questions to help better understand how fixed index annuities work.Thu, 20 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT4 Ways Annuities Can Help Lower Retirement Income Risk https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/ways-annuities-can-help-lower-retirement-income-risk<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0049_BlogThumbnail_ValueAnnuity.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>When protecting retirement savings has become increasingly important, choosing annuities that offer protection, growth opportunities and lifetime income options can help lower risk in uncertain times.Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT5 Ways to Boost Your Energy in Retirement -- and Feel Like a Kid Againhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/boost-your-energy-in-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0021_BlogThumbnail_TrendsRetirement_916607324.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Find ways to improve your physical and mental wellbeing in retirement so you can get busy living.Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMTAre You Game Ready for Retirement? https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/are-you-game-ready-for-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0034_Social_GameReady_1200x630.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>The Indexed Annuity Leadership Council's newest video series explores what it means to be ready for retirement and how lifetime income plays a role in determining your financial health for the long haul.Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMTKey Features to Consider When Choosing a Fixed Index Annuityhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/key-features-to-consider-when-choosing-a-fixed-index-annuity<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Social_Top Questions to ask when choosing an annuity_1200x630_3.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Fixed index annuities can help ensure there is guaranteed income, even after you no longer work. Get tips on some of the important questions to ask and what to consider when choosing whether or not an annuity is right for you.Wed, 02 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT9 Ways to Plan for a Happier Retirementhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/9-ways-to-plan-for-a-happier-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0007_BlogThumbnail_TipsForHappyRetirement_013118.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Taking control of your finances, health and well-being are not mutually exclusive tasks to check off your list but a holistic approach to living your best and happiest life in retirement. Fri, 22 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMTThe Road to LGBTQ+ Retirement Equalityhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/the-road-to-lgbtqplus-retirement-equality<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/01WU-LGBTQ 06.01.22 Blog- LGBTQ Retirement 530x525-Thumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Financial and retirement planning continues to be a challenge for many LGBTQ+ Americans. See how the LGBTQ+ community has made progress, why inequality is still an ongoing issue, and how financial professionals can find information and resources to become allies and advocates.Tue, 14 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMTBaby Boomer Retirement Trends: Retirement Income [INFOGRAPHIC]https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/baby-boomer-retirement-trends-retirement-income<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0026_SocialImage.png" width="266" height="200"><br>The baby boomer generation is on track to have more years in retirement than ever before. Find out what's trending as the top living expenses to be better prepared for lifetime income needs.Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMTHow to Know When You're Ready to Retirehttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/how-to-know-when-youre-ready-to-retire<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0017_BlogThumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>When it comes to deciding when to start your retirement, it can feel like a guessing game. There are a variety of financial and emotional factors to consider before making the move to the next phase of your life. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMTThe Sandwich Generation - Taking Care of Children and Parentshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/sandwich-generation<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0022_SocialImage_ Financial_Planning_Taking_Care_Kids_Parents.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Identifying who the sandwich generation is, and what they are doing to help ease the strain of financial planning when taking care of kids while helping aging parents, and trying to save for retirement.Thu, 17 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT5 Tips for Planning for the Unexpected in Retirementhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/5-tips-for-planning-for-the-unexpected-in-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0056 07.23.21_Thumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Life can be unpredictable. Planning for retirement is no different. Find out how you can better prepare for life's unexpected circumstances so your retirement plans aren't caught off guard.Wed, 11 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMTTips to Avoid Fraud and Consumer Protection Informationhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/tips-to-avoid-fraud-and-consumer-protection-information<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/GettyImages-585806700_Graphics-4.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Protect your identity and avoid scams by following fraud prevention tips to keep your personal information safe. If you think you've been a victim of fraud, learn what to do if your identity or financial data have been compromised. Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMTWhy It's Different for Women in Retirement: Three Retirement Saving Factors https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/women-and-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0004_BlogThumbnail_WomenAndRetirement_013118.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>While a women-led revolution plays out in the American workplace, the retirement landscape is still evolving. Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMTBaby Boomer Retirement Trends: Housing https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/boomers-leading-new-retirement-trends<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0021_BlogThumbnail_TrendsRetirement_1080185180.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>The most influential generation of the 20th Century is redefining retirement in the new millennium. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMTSenior Discounts: Why Growing Older Rockshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/senior-discounts<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0020_BlogThumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Get tips for finding senior discounts and managing expenses in a new phase of life so you can reap the benefits of growing older.Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMTA Closer Look at the Average Retirement Savings by Age [INFOGRAPHIC]https://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/a-closer-look-at-the-average-retirement-savings-by-age<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0003_SocialImage_AverageRetirementSavings_013118.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>We take a closer look at the numbers behind the averages, for a better understanding of the supersavers who are driving retirement trends to help tip the retirement savings scales in your favor.Wed, 30 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMTTop Retirement Bucket List Ideashttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/top-retirement-bucket-list-ideas<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0001_BlogThumbnail_BucketList_013118.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>What are your retirement dreams? Have you started creating your retirement bucket list? It doesn't matter how old you are--it is never too early or too late to start dreaming. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMTBaby Boomers Adapt to Technology in a Virtual Worldhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/baby-boomers-adapt-to-technology-in-a-virtual-world<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/01BLOG-0062 03.18.21_Thumbnail.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Across generations, advancements in technology and how people communicate with each other are important to society. While technology offers unique advantages, having to keep up with updates, new tools and meeting options (beyond in-person), require a willingness to adapt and embrace change.Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMTThe Benefits of Pet Companionship in Retirementhttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/the-benefits-of-pet-companionship-in-retirement<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0044_Thumbnail_Companionship_in_Retirement.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Discover the many benefits of having a pet as a companion in your retirement years.Thu, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMTRetirement Readiness: Who is Ready to Retire and What They're Doing Righthttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/retirement-readiness-who-is-ready-to-retire-and-what-theyre-doing-right<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Social Images/AELifeSite_BLOG-0012_SocialImage.png" width="266" height="200"><br>Based on a national study of pre-retirees, we highlight key takeaways on retirement readiness by looking at workplace, income sources and goals. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT5 Questions to Ask - Retirement Planning with Your Aging Parentshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/retirement-planning-with-your-aging-parents--5-questions-to-ask<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/BLOG-0055_BlogThumb_Talk to Aging parents.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Talking about retirement and long-term finances with parents can be difficult or uncomfortable, but it's an important discussion to have as a family. Here are five questions to use when preparing for this conversation. Wed, 23 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMTTop Retirement Planning Toolshttps://www.american-equity.com/resources/blog/top-retirement-planning-tools<img src="https://www.american-equity.com/filesimages/Blog/AELifeSite_BLOG-0030_SocialImage_Top Retirement Planning Tools.jpg" width="266" height="200"><br>Retirement planning tools like online calculators and mobile apps can help jumpstart figuring out long-term investments for retirement and financial planning goals.Mon, 13 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT