An annuity is a series of payments that acts similarly to a savings plan to provide primary or supplementary retirement income. An insurance company pays annuity benefits while you are alive (except for fixed-period annuities). You can convert some life insurance policies into annuities by taking the cash value of the insurance policy and buying the annuity contract that best suits your needs. An annuity also has a tax advantage. For example, a deferred annuity accumulates tax-deferred interest until you withdraw the funds.
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What are the most common types of Annuities?
- Single Premium: An annuity that is purchased by paying one lump sum to the insurance company as premium.
- Flexible Premium: An annuity that is purchased by paying multiple premiums to the insurance company.
- Immediate Annuities: With an immediate annuity, you pay a single premium and immediately start receiving payments at the end of each payment period, which is usually monthly or annually.
- Deferred Annuities: A deferred annuity is established by you paying one or more premiums over what is referred to as accumulation period. The premiums you pay and the interest credited to the premiums goes into a fund called an accumulation fund. There may be a minimum guaranteed interest rate at which your money will accumulate during the accumulation period. The annuity payments you will receive begin at a future point in time called the maturity date. You will receive payments during a time period called the payout period. You do not pay income taxes on the interest earned during the accumulation period unless you withdraw funds from its cash value. These taxes are deferred until the payout period.
- Fixed Annuities: A fixed annuity provides fixed-dollar income payments backed by the guarantees in the contract. You cannot lose your investment once your income payments begin. The amount of those payments will not change. With fixed annuities, the company bears the investment risk.
- Equity Indexed Annuities: Is an annuity, either immediate or deferred, that earns interest or provides benefits that are linked to an external equity index, such as Standard and Poor’s 500 Composite Stock Price Index. When you purchase an equity-indexed annuity, you own an insurance contract not shares of any stock or index.
- Variable Annuities: Variable annuity investments are securities, which tend to fluctuate with economic conditions. The value of a variable annuity depends upon the value of the underlying investment portfolios associated with the annuity. The owner bears the investment risk for the value of the security. The value of the annuity will increase with a favorable investment performance of the security. The annuity’s value will decrease with a poor investment performance. In fact, you can lose your investment. A product receives the classification of a variable annuity if the value during either the accumulation period or the payout period depends on the value of the security. Some variable annuities provide a choice of either a variable payout or a fixed payout.