Today's retirement advisor is faced with a myriad of perplexing planning conundrums. Investors may find themselves with severely diminished capital after years of saving in order to secure a comfortable retirement.

Planners may also face a dual threat caused by increased longevity and the potential for higher than average long-term inflation. In addition, traditional retirement income sources, including pensions and Social Security, may not be sufficient. All these factors may increase the burden on portfolios to produce more income, at a time when yields from income producing investments are at the lowest levels in 50 years.

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