An annuity allows a customer to deposit money (premiums) with an insurance company that can earn interest and grows on a tax-deferred basis with the agreement that the insurance company will then provide a series of payments back to the customer at regular intervals.
People typically purchase annuities to provide or supplement retirement income they will receive from Social Security, pension benefits, investments, and other sources. You can convert your annuity into a stream of income that can then be paid over a fixed period or for your lifetime. You can take withdrawals of varying amounts when you need the income.
Provides income payments that normally begin within a year after the premium is paid
Provides income payments that begin later, often after many years.
Deferred annuities are designed for long-term savings purposes.
Available to purchase using a single lump sum, or with flexible premiums over time.
When it comes to taking income from your deferred annuity, you will have many options available to meet your needs.
Fixed Interest Rate Annuities
Deposits accumulate at a fixed rate of interest set by the company.
Guaranteed minimum earned interest rate.
Indexed annuities do not directly participate in any stock or equity investments. Most indexed annuities permit owners to participate only in a stated percentage of an increase in an index, and also, impose a “cap rate” that represents the maximum annual account value percentage increase allowed to contract owners. An investment cannot be made directly into an indexed annuity.
Interest is based on changes in a major index such as the S&P 500.
Over the long-term, an indexed annuity may offer the potential for greater earnings than a fixed annuity but may have years, when the index is down when no interest will be credited.
Downside protection through minimum guarantees to ensure that your cash value will not decline due to decreases in the Index.