Whenever I read about annuities, I wonder why you can't create one on your own without an insurance company. Just invest your money conservatively and then watch your expenses so you don't blow through your savings too soon. Wouldn't that plan work just as well, if not better, than an annuity? --Mike J., New Jersey
In theory, it should be pretty simple to do exactly what you describe. And there are plenty of financial advisers more than happy to carry out such a plan for people who don't like the idea of buying an annuity, but aren't confident enough about their investing skills to carry out your plan on their...
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