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About Jerry

Jerry has been involved with annuities since an initial assignment as a young actuary to price an immediate annuity. He was impressed with the ability to match assets and liabilities, which benefitted both the purchaser and the insurer. He recognized the risk that insurers were taking because of the potential increase in lifespans, and the risk pooling purchasers were benefitting from when buying an annuity. He watched the business become more competitive as additional companies created products, along with the movement to "new money" pricing, and more frequent pricing changes. He was responsible for some of the innovation and holds two patents regarding these types of annuities.


Jerry was president of the Income Management Strategies Division of MassMutual, where he developed the patented Retirement Management Account, described by Cerulli Associates (recognized experts in researching worldwide asset management and distribution trends) as the "quintessential managed account platform for retirement income."


As an executive vice president of AXA Equitable, he led development, management and marketing of the Accumulator Variable Annuity, which reached $15 billion in annual worldwide sales. With this innovation and others, Jerry has been called "the father of modern variable annuities".


Jerry founded Golden Retirement, LLC and organized its two subsidiaries (GRA and 2IAG) to deliver a plan for retirement income with more income and less risk by integrating annuity payments into Income Allocation planning. By combining both online planning with support from Advisor-Counselors GR can deliver and manage these plans at lower cost than traditional plans. Further, GR can reduce the retirement tax rate by recognizing the tax benefits of income annuities in its planning.


Jerry has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg Radio, and he and his research have been featured in many leading financial publications, including Kiplinger's Retirement Report, Financial Planning, Investment News and others, as well as numerous consumer-oriented publications and daily newspapers. His proposal for Social Security reform appeared in Bloomberg News online.


Over thirty of his blogs have been published on Kiplinger.com.




Jerry Golden's Recent Articles

Get Your Retirement Number. And the Reasons Why It Works for You.

Numbers necessarily rule our retirement decisions, and we usually have questions about them. At what age will we stop working full time? How long of a retirement should we plan for? What do today’s low interest rates mean to our future income? Can we count on a reasonable dividend yield from our stock portfolio? What […]

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Published on 04th October 2021

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Even the Experts Can’t Figure Out How to Plan for Retirement Income

An article in The New York Times, “How to Enjoy Retirement Without Going Broke,” is a reminder that experts — from Nobel Prize winners to financial advisors — are challenged by planning for retirement income. It also showed that those who provide investment advice are stymied by this almost universal problem for a large part […]

The post Even the Experts Can’t Figure Out How to Plan for Retirement Income appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 18th September 2021

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Lower Your Future Income Risk by Taking Action Now

The news about the stock market has been wonderful for a lot of your retirement savings. The portion of your portfolio invested in the stock market has recovered from the thrashing the pandemic delivered and, if it followed the broad market, it has reached new highs. However, other aspects of the economy aren’t necessarily the […]

The post Lower Your Future Income Risk by Taking Action Now appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 29th August 2021

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Fill Your Retirement Income Gaps – and Even More

I have some friends who developed a wonderful estate plan for their kids that involves the purchase of a large survivorship life insurance policy. However, because of today’s lower interest rates, the projected premiums on their policy have increased significantly. That means some of the money they were putting into a 529 plan might have […]

The post Fill Your Retirement Income Gaps – and Even More appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 24th June 2021

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How to Generate an Extra $20,000 a Year in Retirement

That amount of money could change your life. Let me help. Many retirement plans allocate your savings to varied stock and bond portfolios and, based on historic averages, tell you how much income those assets might generate until you reach a certain age, such as 90. That planning does not typically account for unexpected expenses, […]

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Published on 17th May 2021

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Retirement Income Plan — Better Than a Pension?

For two generations, people have been saving for retirement. Originally, indirectly by their employer; and then on their own. After WWII, the middle class of the Silent Generation enjoyed a great economy and often also benefited from the company pension, which promised to guarantee secure income in the after-work years. Baby Boomers began to lose […]

The post Retirement Income Plan — Better Than a Pension? appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 06th April 2021

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Name Your Plan – Select Both Retirement Income and Legacy Target

You know how much income you need and what kind of legacy you want to leave, but what you don’t know is if you might be able to hit those targets. Here’s one way to find out. Everyone has retirement goals, but the big question is, are they attainable? Take the 70-year-old woman I wrote […]

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Published on 06th March 2021

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Study Says The Cost Of Retirement Has Tripled!

Don’t Panic, A New Legacy Income Planning Tool Helps You Manage Your Retirement Advisor Perspectives magazine reported last month that you will need much more in retirement savings today to produce the same amount of retirement income. Three times more! Current low interest and dividend rates simply make it impossible, the article said, to replicate […]

The post Study Says The Cost Of Retirement Has Tripled! appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 11th February 2021

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The Retiree’s Trilemma: More Spendable Income, Less Risk, or More Legacy?

With Go2Income’s Planning, Lower Fees, and Lower Taxes, You Can Get All Three Our wish is for the New Year to bring less chaos and disruption and more satisfaction, even as we acknowledge that many of those hoped-for gains will require new thinking and energetic approaches. Come with me as I examine some new thinking […]

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Published on 04th January 2021

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Jerry’s Retirement Ideas

A 50% Increase in Spendable Income is Possible Income Allocation Can Make It Happen Creating more spendable income in retirement does not have to be risky. As you will see from the example below that I used in a webinar a few months back, shifting investments from taxable bonds to annuity payment contracts resulted in […]

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Published on 25th November 2020

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