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Financial economists are in love with the idea of an inflation-indexed annuity because it eliminates two of the most important risks in retirement  inflation and outliving assets. A retiree gets an income that never runs out and provides the same lifestyle each year.

The only remaining provider of inflation-protected annuities in the United States is the federal government through Social Security. Retirees today can buy more of this income by waiting until age 70 to claim Social Security, thereby boosting their inflation-protected income by 30% over their full retirement age.

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