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New Year – New Game

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A message from the Summit Financial Advisor Program

It’s a new year and a great time to review your investment goals. The steady stock market recovery has continued since the financial crisis of 2008, and this past year saw equities set more new records. Many people have seen attractive investment gains as a result. But when it comes to the stock market, it’s wise to remember that what goes up can just as easily come down. What would a major drop in the stock market do to your retirement plans?

For some, the answer has been to stay on the sidelines and avoid the inevitable market volatility by investing in certificates of deposit (CDs) and money market accounts. Unfortunately, these accounts continue to set records of their own – historically low returns that often don’t keep pace with inflation.

A new game plan.

There are new annuity products that allow you to participate in the market’s upside potential while setting a limit on downside risk. And there are other options available to guarantee a retirement income you can’t outlive. The record stock market highs and interest rate lows could mean it’s time to review your current portfolio and discuss these new opportunities. If your goal is to look at ways to protect gains and reduce risk in your investment portfolio, the new year may be the perfect time to get in the game.

For more information about these new retirement planning options, contact Summit Financial Advisors at 800-236-5560, Ext. 4012 or

All guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuer and do not extend to the performance of underlying accounts which can fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Investment and insurance products are not federally insured, may involve investment risk, may lose value and are not obligations of or guaranteed by the financial institution. There are distinct difference between annuities and certificates of deposit (CDs).  Most CDs are considered a short term investment.  An annuity is a long term investment.  The investment in a CD is insured by the federal government either through FDIC or NCUA.  The investment in an annuity is guaranteed by an insurance company.  Like CDs, annuities have a penalty for early surrender and withdrawals taken before the age of 59 ½ from an annuity may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty.  Annuities are issued by MEMBERS Life Insurance Company.