Annuities are insurance contracts between you and an insurance company in which the company promises to make periodic payments to you, starting immediately or at some future time. Annuities are popular because they can offer tax-deferred savings for retirement and a choice of income options to meet an individual’s needs in retirement. As Americans live longer lives and have longer retirements, long-term thinking has become more essential. Many are turning to annuities to bridge the gap between savings and the prospects of a long life: Annuities are the only financial product that can turn a sum of retirement savings into guaranteed income for life. Some annuities also provide guaranteed income for a surviving spouse or dependent.
Finding a way to make savings last is a challenge for today’s workers and retirees. Fewer workers today are covered by traditional, employer-sponsored pension plans promising life-long benefits and Social Security is not likely to provide future retirees the level of benefits it provides today. Because an annuity can provide lifetime income it helps offset worries many people have about managing their finances, running out of money in retirement, or living more frugally than they need to. No other personal financial product offers guaranteed income for life.
An annuity is a flexible retirement planning tool. It can be purchased over time (through a series of premium payments) or with a single lump sum. It can accumulate value that is based on a fixed interest rate or through investments in equities. You choose how and when payouts are made to you.
- Meet your retirement income goals.
- Have a lifetime income.
- Protect against outliving your assets.
- Protect your assets from creditors.
- Tax deferral on investment earnings.
- Benefit your heirs.
- Plan your estate.