Sound retirement solutions

Sound retirement solutions to help you retire confidently

A sound retirement income strategy addresses three fundamental income components:

  • Growth potential;
  • Access to liquid assets; and
  • Predictable income.

Actively managing the allocation of your retirement savings to these three components is a key to retiring confidently.

By investing and separating your assets this way, you may be better able to accomplish multiple goals with different assets and diversify risk. Thinking of your assets this way may help protect your predictable income while allowing the growth portion of your portfolio to grow more efficiently by reducing the need for withdrawals.

Let’s take a look at examples of assets we might typically find in each component.

Fundamental components of your retirement strategy


1. Predictable Income – Reliable income sources to cover necessary expenses. Includes sources that can guarantee income for life, regardless of financial market performance.


  • Bonds
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Fixed annuities
  • Income annuities
  • Pension benefits
  • Social Security retirement benefits
  • Annuities with guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefits (GMWB)1

2. Access to liquid assets for emergencies, supplemental income or discretionary spending.


  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Money market accounts
  • Cash value life insurance
  • Fixed annuities
  • Bonds

3. Growth Potential – Long-term asset appreciation to offset the effects of inflation or leave a legacy to heirs.


  • Stocks and bonds
  • Variable annuities
  • Mutual funds


Bonds A debt investment in which an investor loans money to an entity (corporate or governmental) that borrows the funds for a defined period of time at a fixed interest rate.
Cash Value
Life Insurance
A permanent life insurance policy that builds cash value.
Certificate of
Deposit (CD)
•   A savings certificate entitling the bearer to receive interest.
•   A CD bears a maturity date, a specified fixed interest rate and can be issued in any denomination.
•   CDs are generally issued by commercial banks and are insured by the FDIC. The term of a CD generally ranges from one month to five years.
Fixed Annuity A type of annuity that provides payment of a specific sum of money at a fixed rate of return for a fixed period of time.
Income Annuities •  Annuities designed to provide a guaranteed income stream that begins immediately or at a future time you choose.
•  There is little to no liquidity with income annuities.
Money Market A segment of the financial market that trades in financial instruments with high liquidity and very short maturities.
Mutual Fund An investment vehicle made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets.
Stocks A type of security that signifies ownership in a corporation.
Variable Annuity •   A variable annuity is a contract offered by an insurance company that can be used to accumulate tax-deferred savings.
•   Allocate assets among a number of subaccounts or investment portfolios which invest in corresponding underlying funds offered through the contract.
•   Your contract value, which fluctuates over time, reflects the performance of the underlying investments held by the funds you have selected, minus expenses.
A Guaranteed Minimum
Withdrawal Benefit (GMWB)
•   A ‘living benefit’ generally available as an optional feature with underlying investment products, such as a variable or indexed annuity.
•   Does not guarantee the performance of any underlying investment; does guarantee that a specific amount will be available for withdrawal for as long as the annuitant lives. Excess withdrawals, however may have a negative impact on the guaranteed income amount.

The following disclosures do not apply to CDs:



For more information, please contact:

Lisa Frankovich
Financial Sales Representative
CA Insurance License #OG60868
(619) 281-9890

Patricia Ward, LUTCF
Financial Services Representative
CA Insurance License #OG72810
(619) 281-9890


[1] Guarantees and payments of lifetime income are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.


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