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What is Variable Annuity?

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Retirees aiming to maximize their financial security may want to consider investing in variable annuities. This type of annuity offers the potential for higher returns from the stock market while providing the security of retirement income paid by regular annuities.

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The same is true for most retirement accounts. You can customize your portfolio according to your goals when it comes to variable annuities. That means more risk. But it might also get more benefits. Still, there is always the possibility of losing money even with these investments.

What is an annuity

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For individuals considering retirement planning An annuity is a common choice. by paying in one lump sum or in multiple installments The client enters into a contract with a pension or insurance company.

part of the deal These organizations guarantee payouts that reflect customer engagement and potential investment profits. The duration of the payment terms can range from a single week to lifetime coverage according to the specific terms set by each contract.

There are three main types of annuities to consider:

  • Index Annuity
  • fixed installments
  • variable annuities

How does a variable annuity work?

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When investing in a variable annuity The first step is to purchase an annuity contract. You can do this by paying a lump sum to the company. Transfer funds from other retirement accounts, such as a 401(k), or with fewer payment options over time.

when the contract is issued There are two options available: the variable annuity and the immediate variable annuity. This must be considered and selected based on your personal needs and circumstances.

instead of being paid instantly A deferred variable annuity allows you to defer until it’s farther away. This type of annuity gives you more time to build up your balance than an immediate variable annuity. which must be paid immediately upon registration and contribution.

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When it comes to investing in funds A variable annuity is an option that allows individuals to fund their investment sub-accounts. These sub-accounts are similar to mutual funds. but specially tailored for the annuity. And invest in various assets such as stocks, bonds and money market funds.

When choosing an annuity You will see a list of sub-accounts to choose from. This list includes information about each sub-account’s specific focus, such as all stocks, bonds, or even a 50/50 mix. It’s then up to you to decide how much overall your portfolio should be.

Variable Annuities vs. Fixed Annuities

In the 1950s, people needed different types of annuities. will get options A ‘variable annuity’, unlike a fixed annuity, provides a set return regardless of age. These offers have payouts that fluctuate depending on a number of external factors.

Investors have the opportunity to benefit from potential gains in the stock market. when they choose to receive a fixed annuity These plans offer a selection of mutual funds issued by the insurer. Thus, individuals may earn higher returns while accumulating their savings and earning more income during their retirement years.

when compared to a fixed annuity Traditional investment buyers face significant drawbacks. That is market risk that can lead to heavy losses. on the contrary Insurance companies take on this burden when offering fixed annuities. Guaranteed returns as promised

Advantages and disadvantages of variable annuities

When deciding on any investment product such as a variable annuity Of course, weighing the pros and cons will allow you to make a well-informed financial decision.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Variable Annuities

Do Variable Annuities Offer Living Benefits?

Additional benefits can be added to a fixed annuity with an additional charge known as the rider. One of the most popular is the lifetime withdrawal benefit guarantee. This guarantees an income stream even if funds run low due to investment losses. Basically The predetermined installment payment levels are guaranteed for life. regardless of account size

Other additional riders from most annuity companies include:

  • Guaranteed Minimum Accumulation: in a period of time If you remain on the variable annuity contract and do not reduce the value to zero. You can be sure to earn a fixed percentage. You will be charged (typically 100%) of all premiums paid under the Minimum Accumulator Benefits Guarantee (GMAB). Insurance companies will cover this gap.

  • Guaranteed Minimum Income Benefits: Retirees can be guaranteed a reliable income stream for life through the Guaranteed Minimum Income Benefit (GMIB). This retirement benefit is comparable to deferred income. This involves donating now and converting to an annuity later. The same is true of a double annuity. Annuity owners are required to choose a GMIB when purchasing a contract. Then convert it into an income stream in
  • Lifetime Benefit Withdrawal Guarantee: With the Lifetime Withdrawal Benefits (GLWB) Guarantee, you can rest assured that for the rest of your life Guaranteed withdrawal up to a certain amount You don’t have to worry about running out of money anymore!

What about fees?

When considering an annuity insurance company We must take into account the fees associated with different drivers. investment management and other extras. These charges typically range from 3% to 4% of the current contract value.

to give an example A $500,000 variable annuity would see costs of about $15,000 to $20,000 for the current year.

  • Cost of surrendering: Investing in products with expropriation fees may be risky. Especially when your money has to be spent before the specified time. There are penalty-free withdrawals for some annuities that allow annual contribution amounts without penalty. However, if this figure is exceeded, there may be a fee for each dollar that is exceeded.
  • Management Fee: The administrative fee is usually the amount for recording and other administrative fees.
  • Cost of death and risk: When creating an annuity contract Death risk fees and expenses must be paid to cover potential risks for which the insurance company is responsible. This expense will compensate them for any losses incurred as a result of their participation in such transactions.
  • Driver fee: The driver fee covers the cost of adding multiple drivers to your variable pension contract.
  • Other expenses: In addition to the general costs associated with opening an investment account, There may be some additional fees that apply. For example, there may be an initial sales burden or a charge for transferring part of your account from one option to another.
  • Market value adjustment fee: when buying a contract You should be aware that this may come with a market capitalization (MVA) adjustment. This may affect the account value. Cash surrender value and/or the death benefit value when withdrawing from an annuity. Generally, when interest rates are lower than those paid for an annuity upon withdrawal, MVA may result in additional cash on your policy.

Death benefit in a variable annuity

When investing in a variable annuity You can rest assured knowing that the funds include a death benefit. If the worst happens and you die during the cumulative period. Beneficiaries will receive some or all of your annuity’s value as a lump sum or subsequent payment over a period of time.

The death benefit is usually the account value or the minimum guaranteed surrender value. whichever is greater

Sadly, in the event of someone dying After they start receiving recurring payments (annuities), designated recipients may not receive anything or something depending on the annuity payout option chosen.

For those who need extra security Variable annuity products offer an increased death benefit at an additional cost. This death benefit provides guaranteed money if the annuity runs out.

Let’s talk about your retirement plans.

Learning about and choosing the right investment plan for your retirement can be confusing and frustrating. We invite you to speak with the insurance and annuity experts on the LifeInsure team.

Feel free to call us at 866-868-0099 during normal business hours. or contact us through our website at your convenience.

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