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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

Find the Income to Insure Against Retirement Risks

You have probably seen TV commercials recently where: A retired couple decides to drop their life insurance policy in order to create some extra cash An ex-quarterback talks about health insurance to supplement basic Medicare; A recognizable actor touts the advantages of tax-free cash through a reverse mortgage Evaluating the products and the companies offering […]

The post Find the Income to Insure Against Retirement Risks appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 13th October 2020

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A Robo-Income Program Offering Human Touch in Retirement Income Planning

No matter how advanced robots have become, and how unhappy you may be with high advisor fees, you wouldn’t hand over your retirement income planning to a machine. I’ve been working on retirement innovations for 40 years, and while I may be able to program all my formulas into online tools, retirement income plans need […]

The post A Robo-Income Program Offering Human Touch in Retirement Income Planning appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 07th September 2020

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When Retirees Question More Retirement Income

If your boss offered you an increase in pay totaling $450,000 from age 40 to retirement at 65, your first reaction would probably be joy, followed by relief knowing that your retirement finances would be in good shape. Then you might ask some questions. Like, what do I have to do to earn that money? […]

The post When Retirees Question More Retirement Income appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 26th July 2020

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Become Your Own Pension Manager

I’m an actuary by training and I had two potential career paths when I passed my last actuarial exam (there were 10 of these exams when I finished): Pension consulting Life insurance company new product development I picked the latter. Then, as my career progressed, I moved from life insurance to retirement, and from product […]

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Published on 03rd July 2020

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When Rates on Money Market Account Approach Zero %

A headline in the New York Times the other day caught my eye. It read: Rates at Rock bottom Are Expected to Linger in Fed’s Latest Forecast. The question that would be worthy of an in-depth article is, What Do Low Interest Rates Mean to Current and Future Retirees? Based on conversations I’ve been having […]

The post When Rates on Money Market Account Approach Zero % appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 23rd June 2020

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How to Fill that Hole in Your Retirement Income

With a great many investment portfolios down 15% or so, what can retirees do to make up for that lost source of income? Now that COVID-19 has officially changed everything, let’s talk about how you can maintain as much of your retirement income as possible. The combination of factors we have witnessed is almost overwhelming. […]

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Published on 04th May 2020

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End of Decade Closes with Three Surprises for Retirement

An impressive year in the stock market concluded the decade with a bang, which means it is a good time to ask yourself, “Are my retirement plans better off in 2020 than they were a year earlier?” Along with a Dow Jones above 28,000, we have witnessed two other noteworthy events: Advisory firms are developing […]

The post End of Decade Closes with Three Surprises for Retirement appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 16th January 2020

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Market detours require real-time plan management

Going through the process of creating an income plan for your retirement does not mean you are done when the numbers on paper meet your immediate expectations. A successful plan depends on regular analysis and adjustments. Both might be required either because your goals change, or the world shifts. That is the benefit of an […]

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Published on 10th December 2019

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What’s the smartest way to claim Social Security benefits?

Many clients and friends ask my guidance about Social Security – particularly the question of whether they should claim their benefits early or late. I have crunched the numbers. And I have not come up with a one-size-fits-all answer – because there isn’t one. It turns out the best way for you to get the […]

The post What’s the smartest way to claim Social Security benefits? appeared first on Jerry Golden on Retirement.

Published on 27th November 2019

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Working the percentages for a better retirement

When dealing with percentages, an offer that sounds good at first may turn out to not be so great, depending on where you are in your retirement planning. As you accumulate savings, for instance, you’re looking to generate growth in your account and so you may hire an investment advisor to help you make the […]

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Published on 04th November 2019

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