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What is an annuity?

An annuity is an agreement between you and an insurance company. It can complement your retirement plan and provide you with a consistent source of income after retirement. Generally, annuities are less liquid than other investment options.

Benefits:

  • Make a single contribution or several payments over time.
  • Contribute any amount, regardless of your income level or age.
  • Your funds grow tax-deferred until you begin taking withdrawals.
  • Once you begin taking withdrawals, you can choose from different options, including a fixed amount for life or payments to your beneficiaries.

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Saving for Retirement

Annuities can help you accumulate funds for your retirement and are designed to grow in value at a fixed or variable rate, letting you decide how you want to use your money in the future.

You may choose to convert the value of your annuity into an income stream for your retirement. However, if you choose to withdraw the money, it's important to review with an advisor to avoid any fees or penalties, and for tax planning purposes.

Fixed Annuity

    • Your money grows at a fixed rate.
    • Your investment grows tax-deferred.
    • Best if you want to be certain about how much your money will grow and choose to use it for guaranteed income in retirement.

Variable Annuity

    • The value of your annuity may fluctuate with the market.
    • Your investment grows tax-deferred.
    • Best if you are willing to take on more risk.

Fixed and Variable annuities are suitable for long-term investing, such as retirement investing. Gains from tax-deferred investments are taxable as ordinary income upon withdrawal. Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing company. Withdrawals made prior to age 59 ½ are subject to a 10% IRS penalty tax and surrender charges may apply. Variable annuities are subject to market risk and may lose value.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the variable annuity contract and sub-accounts carefully before investing. The prospectus and, if available, the summary prospectus contains this and other important information about the variable annuity contract and sub-accounts, which can be obtained from your financial representative. Read prospectuses carefully before investing.

Income in Retirement

Annuities can also provide a consistent stream of income, or paycheck for life. The payment amounts that you receive will depend on a number of factors:

  • When you purchase the annuity
  • When you start taking payments
  • How much money you pay into the annuity

Immediate Income

    • You'll pay a lump sum payment.
    • Potential to add guarantees so payments will continue to your beneficiaries for a specific number of years, even after your death.
    • Usually start providing income soon after you make your payment.
    • Best if you are looking for an immediate, reliable source of income.

Deferred Income

    • You'll have a deferral period before your income will start.
    • The deferral period can provide the benefit of growth in the form of future paychecks that are typically higher than the immediate income annuity.
    • Best if you are a few years from retirement and want to use part of your savings to lock in retirement income for the future.

Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.

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