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Everything You Need to Know About Fixed Annuities

When saving for retirement, an annuity can be a useful financial tool. Annuities work in various ways and can benefit every retiree, particularly those who want to ensure a consistent, guaranteed income stream in retirement. However, because numerous types of annuities are available, it is critical to conduct research before deciding if this investment is right for you. This detailed guide will go over the fundamentals of annuities and why they might be a good fit for your retirement portfolio. Annuities: How do They Work? The insurance provider receives a premium from the buyer and disburses a set of funds or benefits to the policyholder governed by a written contract. The insurance company pays any remaining cash value to the named beneficiary upon the insured’s death. Because of the risk, annuities are considered insurance products. The annuity company is banking on the insured living long enough (longevity risk). The premium paid for the retirement plan and any interest earned exceed the policy’s death benefit. Can Annuities Result in Loss of Funds? Annuities are long-term investments that are classified into two types:

  • Investment-based annuities
  • Insurance-based annuities

Insurance-based annuities shield you from the risk of losing your initial investment due to fluctuations in the stock market. Insurance products, which most annuities are, shield investors from loss in volatile markets. Examples of insurance products include:

  • Single-Premium Immediate Annuity (SPIA)
  • Fixed Indexed Annuities (Equity Indexed Annuities) 
  • Traditional Fixed or MYGA
  • Long-Term Care Annuities 
  • Qualifying Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC)
  • Longevity and Deferred Income Annuities

Investing entails some risk. Your principal may be lost if you invest in investment-based annuity products (securities) such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Variable Annuities and Registered Linked Annuities are investment-based products regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and sold by a licensed financial advisor (SEC). Variable annuities are an example of an investment-based contract. The Primary Advantages of an Annuity Annuities’ primary investment goal is to provide guaranteed income to retirees while accumulating funds to provide future payments to pre-retirees. The following are the three primary advantages of annuity insurance: Insurance for Long-Term Care: Paying for LTC is another investment goal. Insurance firms have developed coverage additions like benefits and riders to help cover the rising expense of long-term care. A few companies have even developed tax-free annuities to pay for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home healthcare. Tax-Advantaged Growth: Annuity investments grow tax-deferred, which means the retirement savings plan is not taxed until it is withdrawn, similar to an IRA, 401k, or pension plan. These retirement plans all have one thing in common: tax deferral. Tax deferral is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax benefit that delays paying tax on investment gains until the owner withdraws money for income purposes. Once an owner receives payments from a guaranteed annuity, that income is subject to ordinary income tax. If retirement income is withdrawn too soon, tax consequences, such as IRA and 401(k) plans, are imposed. Give a Guaranteed Income: The ultimate goal is to secure a financial future so the investor will have a consistent income stream in retirement. To cover day-to-day living expenses, customers can buy one of these retirement vehicles to supplement their paychecks during retirement as if they were still working. The compensation is added on top of the customer’s Social Security check. The customer will receive the guaranteed retirement income over a set period or for the rest of their life. The Structure of an Annuity Contract An annuity contract has three components: the contract owner, the annuitant, and the beneficiary.

    • Owner: The contract owner is the annuity’s owner. Before annuitizing the insurance contract, the owner can purchase and fund annuities, change the beneficiary, withdraw money, pay the premiums, surrender the contract, and make other changes.
    • Annuity: An annuitant is an insured person, not an entity. The annuitant and contract owner can be different, but in most cases, they are the same. 
    • Beneficiary: One who will benefit from an annuity is known as the beneficiary. A person or an entity can be the beneficiary.

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