An annuity provides an income stream in exchange for a lump sum payment or a series of payments. Annuities are typically purchased as a way to provide retirement income, but they can also be used for other purposes, such as funding long-term care or providing a guaranteed income stream for a beneficiary.
There are several types of annuities, including:
- Fixed annuities: These annuities provide a guaranteed interest rate and a fixed payment stream over a set period of time.
- Variable annuities: These annuities are invested in a variety of funds, and the payout is based on the performance of the investments.
- Indexed annuities: These annuities are tied to a stock market index, and the payout is based on the performance of the index.
- Buffered Index Annuities: These annuities are also linked to a stock market index, but your participation in market gains and losses is restricted within ranges predetermined by the insurance company. Consequently, while the potential for significant upside gains might be limited, you gain the advantage of downside protection for your investment. This structure aims to strike a balance between risk and security, providing some peace of mind amidst market fluctuations.
- Immediate annuities: These annuities provide a guaranteed income stream starting immediately after the lump sum payment is made.
- Deferred annuities: These annuities provide a guaranteed income stream starting at a later date, usually after a set period of time or when the annuitant reaches a certain age.
Annuities can provide a guaranteed income stream for life, which can be beneficial for retirees who are concerned about outliving their savings. Annuities can also offer tax-deferred growth, which means that taxes on investment gains are not due until the funds are withdrawn. It’s important to carefully consider the terms and costs of an annuity before purchasing one. Consult with one of our Investment Counselors to determine whether an annuity is a suitable investment for your specific needs and goals.
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