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effectively “premiums” to insure the minimum future value of the owner’s account.
Fixed index annuities and variable annuities purchased since 2001 have wonderful features to protect principal and earnings. I have
invested in both types. They also provide the
option of a lifetime income stream at a guaranteed rate that can be exercised if the underlying stock market investments or indices
don’t perform well.
The equity index annuities that I purchased in 2004 have appreciated more than 40
percent, while the S&P 500 has risen only 10. 5
percent. And, while these index annuities
were outperforming the stock market, none of
my principal was at risk of loss and each year’s
gains were locked in and protected.
I am not an annuity salesman, just a
Horowitz to the rescue
Costco has saved our family money for
some years now, but the recent article in the
July 2011 issue, “Be a scam detective” [David
Horowitz], not only saved me money, but saved
my computer from crashing, and my sanity.
I had just read David Horowitz’s article on
computer scams, when the very scam that he
wrote about popped up on my computer
screen. The advice and procedure to eliminate
the pop-up without infecting the computer
was brilliant. This very scam infected our
computer some time back, and not having
had this information resulted in having to
take the computer in for repair, which meant
a costly expenditure, time without a computer
and much frustration.
I couldn’t wait to read the June edition of
The Costco Connection to learn the May Debate results to the question: “Should literary
classics be sanitized?” As a high school English teacher, I posed the same question to
my students who just finished reading two
American classics, To Kill a Mockingbird and
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
We discussed the impropriety of the language in this day and age and debated whether it should be modified to suit today’s mores.
The students overwhelmingly voted to retain
the original language of the novels in order to
maintain credibility and context. I’m pleased
to see that many readers who weighed in on
the issue agreed with us.
I read many magazines, and The Costco
Connection is one that I read cover to cover
due to the informative nature of the articles. I
use several in class to spark discussion.
Thank you for the intelligent and insightful articles!
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