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Due to the Volatility of the Financial Markets, Annuities Present a Safer Investment Alternative

Currently, 2022 will go down in history alongside some other favorite years, such as 2008, when the S&P 500 lost more than 30%, and 2002, when we experienced a 22% fall.

The S&P 500 is meant to show what most of the U.S. economy is made up of. So, market participants keep a close eye on the value of the S&P 500 since their performance is a good way to measure the health of the U.S. economy.

The global spread of COVID-19 at the beginning of the year 2020 resulted in many countries establishing quarantines. The anticipated negative impact on economic growth pushed equity markets, including the S&P 500, into a tailspin.

The substantial market volatility we’ve witnessed this year—the S&P 500’s worst first-half performance since 1970—has many people looking for alternatives. The I-Bond has received much attention due to its inflation-linked return. However, guaranteed fixed savings or income annuities have become increasingly appealing to many people. They may be boring, but they also may be dependable workhorses in a portfolio. Here’s a basic rundown of how they function and when they can be a good addition to your retirement toolbox.

Savings Annuities

Savings annuities are tax-deferred and excellent for those who want only a portion of their portfolio to go higher. A savings annuity, with competitive interest rates and no market risk, can be an excellent way to add a guaranteed component to your retirement portfolio. Taxes on interest are not required until the money is withdrawn, allowing for tremendous compounding. Because the IRS allows for tax deferral, an annuity is considered a retirement vehicle. As a result, withdrawals made before the age of 59½ may be subject to taxes and penalties. People frequently wrongly believe that if they invest in a savings annuity, they will be compelled to withdraw the funds in periodic installments throughout their lives. While this is an option, it is not required.

Income Annuities

With the help of income annuities, you can turn a one-time payment into a continuous stream of income for the rest of your life, a joint life, or a combination of the two. Some people are concerned about losing their principal if they die too young, but there is an option for that as well. One option is to receive payments for as long as you and your spouse are alive. The annuity’s “return of premium” feature ensures that you, your spouse, or your beneficiary will get back at least the amount you invested into the annuity. In essence, they are a tool for building your pension. If you’re worried about outliving your retirement assets, an income annuity can provide a “retirement paycheck” that you won’t outlive. A combination of guaranteed income streams should ideally cover a retiree’s core expenses. When Social Security, military retirement, and company pensions are insufficient, an income annuity may be a viable option.

Your life insurance provider’s financial stability is essential because annuities are meant to last long. Annuities may be worth examining if you’re looking for an alternative to the market’s present “excitement.”

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