Preparing for retirement

Financially limited


Charles is a financially limited retiree and a moderate risk taker.

age life stage salary total assets occupation
Charles is 68 Retired $0 $400,000 Benefit Administrator at a Health Care Facility


Charles is a recent widower. A lot of his savings went towards his late wife's medical expenses.


Charles lives a simple life. He lives in the house he's owned since he was 40. He has no children.


Any legacy will go to the North Carolina Conservation Society, as his late wife Linda loved nature.


His plan is to move to a retirement home with an assisted living option in the next two years, just in case his health deteriorates.


Charles prioritizes his retirement objectives as follows:


Concern about his care as he ages


Assurance that savings can last through his life and investments will out-pace inflation


Retirement risks that are of greatest concern to Charles

Top concern






Charles' income plan

Charles has specific financial needs in order to be able to achieve his overall retirement goals. The following is an estimated amount of annual income* Charles believes he will need to achieve his retirement goals.

Basic needs

Housing, food, healthcare, emergency fund.


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Legacy is not important to Charles, but he does want a buffer so that if the assisted living facility changes its annual fees, he is able to continue to live there.

*Income needs in terms of after-tax income.

Charles' investment strategy

Fixed annuity

Charles’ advisor explained that annuitization is essentially a "self-pension" that Charles could take advantage of to fund his essential needs and some of his desired expenses.



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Investment portfolio

Charles is not very comfortable with risk and has decided to adopt a moderate conservative allocation aimed towards generating income.




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Resulting income

Hypothetical income approximations to maintain $42,000 of annual income

Displayed in real dollars to show income maintains the customer's buying power throughout retirement (30-35 years). The composition of income received in retirement is purely hypothetical, for illustrative purpose only.

Income plan
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