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What is an Annuity? The Ultimate Guide To Annuities

Today we’re going to teach you about an Annuity. Regardless of your financial goals and status, everyone needs to have a plan for retirement. Unfortunately, 64% of Americans have reported that they are not prepared for retirement. More troubling is the fact that 48% don’t even care.

While there are a variety of reasons, like not having enough money to save, the fact is you need to think about your retirement yesterday. Even if you begin stashing money away in a savings account each month is better than nothing. At some point though, you are going to have to step-up your retirement plan by investing in retirement savings vehicles like a 401(k) or an IRA.

But, have you also considered additional retirement plans like annuities? If not, you may want to. Although frequently misunderstood, it can be an effective way to generate a stream of lifetime income — guaranteed.

If that sounds too good to be true, then dive into the following annuities guide. It will explain everything that you need to know about annuities so that you can determine if they fit into your retirement plan.

 

What You’ll Find in This Guide

In this guide, we’ll look at the pros and cons of annuities. We’ll discuss the options and the values, and we’ll explain what you need to know as you consider using this financial tool to give yourself a more secure financial future.

 

While all annuities swap a customer’s payments for a future return, annuities come in a range of different versions. In addition to being either deferred or automatic, they can also be variable or fixed, and they can be limited and set for life. Their values vary over time and the rates that they deliver to customers can also vary between insurance companies.

 

As you consider adding an annuity to your financial toolbox, we’ll make sure that you have the information you need to decide whether this tool suits you and which kind of annuity suits you best.

 
An Overview of Annuities

Before getting too far ahead of ourselves, let’s quickly explain what an annuity is.

 

Believe it or it’s actually an insurance product. Specifically, it’s a contract between you, the annuitant, and an insurance company where you’ll make a single payment or series of payments, also known as premiums. In return, you’ll receive regular disbursements that begin either immediately or sometime in the future.

 

That may sound confusing. And, that’s to be expected. After all, annuities can be very complex. So, the easiest way to think of an annuity is when you purchase travel insurance or a warranty on a new vehicle. They offer protection in case your trip gets canceled or your car breaks-down. Annuities guarantee that you’ll receive a steady income for the rest of your life.

 

Because of this, annuities are often used as a way to save for retirement. When you go this route, you’re essentially paying an insurance entity to grow that money. And, more importantly, send you payments when you retire.

 

However, some prefer to convert their savings into a stream of retirement income. But, you do have the option to do both. If so, the insurance company will delay the pay-out until the future.

 

While this might be a lot to wrap your head around, the main takeaway should be this; with annuities, you pay an insurance provider. As a result, they’ll assume the risk of you outliving your retirement savings if you happen to outlive your income. What’s more, you’re also safe from market risks.

Annuities are a way to turn a sum of money into revenue, often to supplement a retirement income. They’re long-term investments aimed at people looking for financial security.

 

You can buy an annuity from an insurance company, paying in advance over a long period or with a single lump sum. The payouts can start immediately or you can defer them until your payments have accumulated. The result should be a predictable income for life or for a set period.

Key Features of an Annuity

An insurance product that turns regular payments or a lump sum into a fixed income.
Available with a range of conditions that affect the duration of the payments, and the inheritability and stability of the income stream.
The benefits of annuities include the security of a lifetime income and the ability to leave money to beneficiaries.
What Is an Annuity?

An annuity is a contract with an insurance company. Insurance products are designed to manage risk. Flood insurance, for example, lowers the risks that a homeowner will face large expenses if a pipe bursts or a roof leaks. An annuity manages the risk that you’ll outlive your savings or that a financial collapse might reduce their value. The insurance company accepts the risk that it might make payouts greater than the value of its clients’ savings.

 

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How Annuities Work

Annuities can work in a number of ways. Usually, the client makes monthly payments over a period ranging from ten to 30 years. The insurance company invests those payments which grow cumulatively. At the payout phase, the insurance company begins making regular distributions to the client for a set period, often for the rest of their life. Clients can make payments using pre-tax dollars and only pay income tax when they receive their distributions.

It’s also possible to begin distributions almost immediately. Instead of paying monthly premiums over decades, you can buy long-term distributions by investing a lump sum, turning savings into a revenue stream.

Insurance companies cover the risk by charging fees. They can add riders to customize conditions, and they impose penalties for withdrawing funds early.

Key Annuity Terms

Accumulation Phase

The period when annuity owners pay premiums and build their annuity nest egg.

Annuitization

The conversion of the annuity payments into an income stream.

Fixed and Variable Rates

Payouts can have fixed rates or they can rise and fall in line with the performance of financial markets.

Riders

Riders customize annuity contracts. They might allow beneficiaries to inherit an income, for example, or guarantee a minimum income stream. They usually come with fees.

Payout phase

The period following accumulation and annuitization when the insurance company gives the annuity owner an income.

Tax Deferment

You can make annuity payments with pre-tax dollars, only paying income tax during the payout phase when your income is likely to be lower. If you pay with post-tax dollars, you’ll only have to pay tax on the earnings.

Immediate Payouts Versus Deferred Payouts

Annuity payouts can be immediate or deferred. Your choice will depend on your stage of life, the status of your savings, and the reason you’re considering an annuity.

 

Immediate Payouts

Immediate annuities deliver a revenue stream within a year of the purchase of a policy.

  • Pay with a lump sum
  • Start receiving monthly payouts
  • Supplement retirement savings

An immediate annuity begins making payouts without an accumulation phase. Instead of paying a premium every month for several decades, you give the insurance company a lump sum and begin receiving a regular income right away. Immediate annuities make up about 10 percent of annuities sold.

 

Like other annuities, immediate annuities can offer various payment schedules, payout periods, and inheritance riders. They can also be fixed or variable.

The biggest benefit of an immediate annuity is that it allows new retirees with significant savings but small retirement funds to supplement their retirement income.

 

Deferred Payouts

Deferred Annuities deliver a revenue stream years—often decades—after the initial purchase of the policy.

  • Paid in installments over a long period
  • Receive payouts on retirement
  • Enjoy tax-deferred growth

A deferred annuity makes payouts after an accumulation phase. During the accumulation phase, the premiums grow on a tax-deferred basis, lowering tax liabilities when your income is at its highest, and providing an opportunity to pay income tax at a lower level.

 

An immediate annuity provides one way to save for retirement, supplementing other retirement funds such as a 401(k) or an IRA.

A Variety of Annuities

Insurance companies make annuity products in different forms to suit different buyers and meet different preferences. The most common forms include:

 

Fixed Annuities

Fixed annuities promise a guaranteed interest rate. Instead of the growth rate of premiums rising and falling in line with the performance of the market, a fixed annuity offers a standard rate, often around 3%. They make planning for the future easy and predictable.

  • Always know how quickly your savings will grow, and how much you’ll receive
  • Protect your premiums—a fixed annuity guarantees the interest rate and secures your premiums
  • Lower fees than variable rate annuities

Fixed annuities offer reliability and security. They let people save for the future, and know exactly how much they’ll receive on retirement.

 

Variable Annuities

Variable annuities link the growth rate of an annuity to an investment vehicle. That vehicle might consist of a mixture of bonds, stocks, and fixed interest accounts but the value of the fund will rise and fall in line with the market. Variable annuities are unpredictable but they can produce higher growth than fixed annuities.

  • Benefit from economic growth and market booms
  • Beat inflation with higher interest rates
  • Higher fees than variable rate annuities

Variable annuities carry some element of risk. The amount you receive at retirement will depend on the performance of the market during the accumulation and payout phase. You won’t know exactly how much you’ll receive each month before you retire.

Why You Should Consider Buying an Annuity

Annuities deliver a range of benefits. Consider an annuity if you’re looking for one or a combination of the following returns:

  • Tax-deferred growth
  • A regular income instead of savings in the bank
  • Guaranteed principal protection
  • Good growth rates
  • An asset that beneficiaries can inherit

Immediate annuities are popular with people on the edge of retirement who want to swap their savings for a guaranteed income. Deferred annuities allow people to put aside income on a tax-deferred basis and add another revenue stream to their retirement fund.

What a $100,000 Immediate Annuity Buys You

Imagine that you’re 67 years old. You’re about to retire. You have some savings but you’re worried that your 401(k) and your IRA won’t give you enough to retire comfortably. How much would your income rise if you swapped $100,000 of your savings for an immediate annuity?

 

The payout will vary from insurance company to insurance company. It will also depend on the riders you attach to the annuity. Guaranteeing a payout for a period of time, such as 10 or 20 years, will affect the payout. So will including a death benefit or covering the lives of a couple rather than a single individual. The sex of the primary annuitant matters too.

 

According to one annuity calculator, a $100,000 fixed income immediate annuity would deliver between $433 and $474 a month for a single life.

 

Here is the official annuity formula:

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The Advantages of Annuities

Annuities give savers a number of important benefits. Unlike 401(k) plans and IRAs, they have no contribution limits. Annual contributions to a 401(k) max out at $19,500 with up to $6,500 of catch-up contributions for people aged over 50. IRA contributions are limited to just $6,000 a year, or $7,000 for the over-50s. Annuities can take any contributions at all.

They can also produce a reliable revenue stream, reduce tax bills, and give people who haven’t funded their retirement accounts sufficiently a way to retire.

Invest As Much As You Want

Buy an annuity that suits your needs. Put aside as much as you want each month or convert as much of your savings as you want into a monthly income. Annuities have no limits.

Reduce Your Tax Payments

Annuity contributions are tax-deferred. Make your contributions with pre-tax dollars and you’ll only pay income tax on that amount during the payout phase. Make your contributions with after-tax dollars and you’ll only pay tax on the earnings.

Turn a Lump Sum into a Revenue Stream

Annuities let you turn a lump sum into a guaranteed revenue stream. An insurance company manages your savings and gives you a monthly income.

Pass on Your Assets

Riders in your annuity can guarantee an income for the rest of your life and ensure that beneficiaries also inherit some of the fund.

The Disadvantages of Annuities

Annuities can be useful tools but they’re not for everyone. They do carry a number of disadvantages that need to be considered as you weigh up whether or not to buy an annuity.

Opportunity Cost

Money placed in annuity is locked up. You won’t be able invest it in other vehicles that could earn more, or benefit from a rise in interest rates.

Conservative Payouts

Annuities deliver security, not a promise of high returns. Payouts are often conservative in comparison to other investment plans.

High Fees

Insurance companies make their money out of fees and commissions. Those expenses vary with the nature of the annuity but a savvy investor might be able to get a similar return themselves without the fees.

Complex Riders

The range of riders and options offered by insurance firms can make decision-making difficult. You might find yourself wondering how long you have to live and how much you should leave your heirs.

What to Consider in an Annuity

As you weigh up buying an annuity, there are a number of issues you should consider.

 

The Investment Amount

If you’re buying an immediate annuity, aim to balance a high monthly income with access to liquid funds. The more you invest, the higher your income will be but you will also need some savings for one-off expenses.

Riders

Riders affect the size of the payout. The more security you add to your payouts and the more benefits you want to leave to your beneficiaries, the lower your payouts will be.

Stability Versus Risk

One of the biggest benefits of an annuity is that it delivers a reliable income. If you can tolerate some risk, though, a variable rate annuity might deliver a higher return.

Fees and Returns

Annuities have expenses. Different plans will charge different rates and offer different returns. It’s worth shopping around to make sure that you’re getting the best return for your money.

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Annuity Glossary

 

Annuitant

The payout value of an annuity is based on the life expectancy of the annuitant.

 

Annuity Rate

The annuity’s growth rate. The rate may be fixed (such as 3% annually) or variable, changing with the performance of the financial markets.

 

Cash Surrender Value

The amount that the annuity holder can withdraw from the contract early after the deduction of surrender charges.

 

Fixed Period Annuity 

A payout phase limited by a number of years instead of the owner’s lifetime.

 

Free-Look Period 

The number of days during which an annuity owner can cancel the contract. You might have as little as 10 days to cancel the purchase of an annuity.

 

Income Floor Guarantee 

A guarantee that a minimum percentage of the investment will be paid out. A contract might promise to pay back 80% of the value of a variable rate annuity, for example.

 

Non-Qualified Annuity 

An annuity purchased with after-tax dollars. Tax on the fund’s earnings only become payable during the payout phase.

 

Split Annuities 

A split annuity is a combination of a deferred annuity and an immediate annuity. When the immediate annuity is exhausted, payouts begin from the deferred annuity.

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15 Facts You Never Knew About Annuities

 

Planning for your retirement is never easy. It’s the kind of thing that you feel you can always put off. If you’re employed, your company probably deals with at least some of it, putting a portion of your salary in a 401(k). If you’re lucky, they’ll also offer to add a bit extra in matching funds. And if you’re really lucky someone will have advised you to make the most of those matching funds. You might not be able to access that income now but there’s little point in leaving money with your employer that it’s willing to give to you.

 

Even if you have a 401(k) plan though, those funds might not be enough to give you the retirement you want. You might also have set up an IRA, an Independent Retirement Account, that lets you put away even more money for the future on a tax-deferred basis.

 

Both a 401(k) and an IRA though have limited contributions. You might not be able to put all of your savings into those accounts. And let’s face it, not everyone is as diligent as they should be about saving for the future. According to some studies, the median amount in a 401(k) at the age of 65 is less than $65,000.

 

That’s not going to provide much of a retirement income which is why many people turn to annuities.

 

Facts You Never Knew About Annuities

 

You might not have put much into your retirement funds but if you have savings in a different form, you can still turn your funds into a regular income.

That’s often how people see annuities: as a way to ensure a fixed income late in life. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Today we’re going to teach you a few things people miss when looking at annuities. Here are 15 facts that you might never have known about annuities but should before you invest.

 

  1. Annuities Are Insurance Products

Most retirement funds come from financial organizations. Those organizations pick the funds in which to make the investments, track the markets, and make any necessary adjustments. Their fees are based on their ability to understand stocks and bonds.

 

Although annuities do depend on the performance of financial markets, they also require an understanding of actuarial science that’s usually confined to insurance companies. The seller of an annuity needs to be confident that the total amount that they’ve agreed to pay each month to the annuitant is not greater than the total value of their savings. That means being able to calculate the life expectancy of the annuitant.

 

Instead of thinking of an annuity as an investment product then, it’s more accurate to think of it as a kind of insurance policy. Just as you can pay an insurance company to remove the risk of a large expense should your home burn down, you can also pay an insurance company to remove the risk that you’ll outlive your savings.

 

The manner of paying might feel different. Life insurance, for example, requires paying small amounts each month so that beneficiaries can receive a single return in the event of your death. An annuity might require paying small amounts over years but the payments stop when regular payouts begin. They might also require the payment of a single, large, lump sum, with returns beginning immediately.

 

However you pay, you will be buying an insurance product designed to ensure that you don’t outlive your savings, not just an investment product.

 

  1. Annuities Have No Contribution Limits

Although the government wants people to put aside money for their retirement, it doesn’t want them to put away too much money for their retirement. Because payments can be tax-deferred, an absence of contribution limits might allow high-earners to save large parts of their salaries without paying tax on them until their income is much lower. Contribution limits cap the amount of tax that earners can defer.

 

The contribution limits change every year or two. In 2021, they’re no more than $19,500 a year for 401(k) plans with an additional $6,500 in catch-up contributions available for people aged 50 or older. For IRA accounts, the limit is even lower. They’re $6,000 a year, or $7,000 for the over-50s.

 

That means that you can’t usually put more than $1,625 a month into your 401(k) or more than $500 a month into your IRA.

 

Together those payments might be enough for you. Depending on when you start contributing, those savings might just compound enough over the years to give you a reasonable retirement.

 

But annuities give you an additional option—and there are no limits at all on the size of the contributions you can make to an annuity. That doesn’t mean that you should put all of your spare money into an annuity. But it does mean that you have options. You can save your funds. You can prepare for the future. And you can still do it on a tax-deferred basis, reducing the amount of taxes that you have to pay today until you’re in a lower tax bracket in the future.

 

Annuities let you save more for your retirement than other funds and they let you lower your taxes.

 

  1. Annuities Put Payout Risk on the Insurance Company

Retirement funds such as a 401(k) and an IRA work by taking contributions from savers, investing them in the financial markets, and growing them until the saver retires. At that point, the fund manager pays the saver a monthly amount based on the rate at which the fund continues to grow. The financial company takes no risk. The days in which company pensions guaranteed a payout regardless of the saving rate or the growth rate are largely over—at least in the private sector.

 

Annuities work by transferring payout risk to the insurance company. Unlike other insurance products, the customer doesn’t pay continuously. Once they reach the payout phase, they stop paying and start receiving. The insurance company calculates the annuitant’s life expectancy and provides a monthly payment based on the size of the savings fund and that life expectancy. The fees that the annuitant pays to the insurance company act like a premium ensuring that the payouts continue if they’re fortunate enough to live beyond their life expectancy.

 

  1. Immediate Annuities Pay You an Income Now

One way in which annuities differ from other retirement funds is that they can start paying out as soon as you make the payment. It’s a special feature which means that they can act as valuable additions to your retirement income.

 

For both 401(k) plans and IRAs, you can expect to make monthly payments over many years. The funds will build up in your account, accumulating compound interest, and growing on a tax-deferred basis until you’re ready to retire.

 

The challenge, though, is figuring out how much you should put away each month. Save too much and you’ll sacrifice experiences and spending power when you’re young in favor of extra money when you’re older and might have less need of it.

 

Save too little, though, and you’ll reach retirement facing an income too small to live on comfortably.

 

An immediate annuity can help to make up the difference. As long as you’ve also saved money over the years, you can turn those savings and investments into a monthly income that’s guaranteed to last the rest of your lifetime. As you put money into your retirement fund, you’ll be able to be cautious, knowing that you can make up for lost savings.

 

An immediate annuity will let you swap those savings for extra retirement income.

 

  1. Annuities Don’t Have to Give You a Fixed Income

A major benefit of an annuity is reliability. Whether you’re saving money each month or sitting on a nest egg that you’ve built over the years, you can’t know how much income those savings will give you when you’ve retired. The results will depend on your investment strategy and the performance of the markets.

 

A fixed rate annuity gives you security by promising a predictable rate of return.

 

But you don’t have to take a fixed rate annuity. Variable rate annuities can deliver higher incomes that more closely match the performance of the market. They’re not predictable. You could end up with a lower income than you’d hoped. But if you can afford the risk and are willing to accept volatility, you can try to get more out of the market than a fixed rate annuity will deliver.

 

  1. Money in an Annuity is Locked Away

Put money each month into an annuity and the insurance company will lock that money away. You will be able to withdraw your funds before the payout phase but only after paying a fee.

 

Those fees take three forms.

 

The first is ordinary income tax. Because you won’t have paid income tax on the money you put in the annuity, you will need to pay that tax when you take it out of your annuity.

 

In addition, the government will also levy a 10 percent federal income tax if you’re taking the funds out before the age of 59.5.

 

Finally, the insurance company will levy its own surrender fees. These vary, and tend to decrease the longer you keep your money in the annuity. An insurance company might charge as much as 6 percent for money withdrawn in the first year of the annuity period, 5 percent in the second year, and so on.

 

Most annuities, though, will offer a “free withdrawal provision” that waives the surrender fees as long as less you’re withdrawing no more than 10 percent each year. You will still have to pay the taxes though!

 

The idea is to ensure that the insurance company can recover the cost of creating the annuity contract and manage investments that are meant to be long-term.

 

Those fees, though, do mean that you should think carefully about putting your money in an annuity. Make sure that you only invest funds that you’re unlikely to need before you retire.

 

  1. Annuities are Not for Market Growth

Variable rate annuities let you benefit from movements in the market. If the financial markets do well, your annuity will grow—and should perform better than a fixed rate annuity with a predictable rate of return. You’ll also have more control over where your money is invested. By choosing the kind of investment subaccount you want, you’ll be able to select a volatility range and risk level that suits you.

 

The downside is that you won’t know how much your monthly payout will be until you retire.

 

But even a variable rate annuity won’t match the markets completely. You’ll be investing through an insurance company which will charge its own management fees. Those fees are often higher than those charged by investment companies.

 

If you want your savings to grow in line with the financial markets, you might be better off investing in a market tracker—then cashing in your savings at retirement in favor of an immediate annuity.

 

  1. Annuities Let You Defer Your Income Tax Payments

Retirement saving in general is tax-deferred. The money you place in a 401(k) or an IRA is pre-tax dollars. You only pay income tax on those funds when you receive them during the payout phase. At that time, you’ll have retired and your income will be lower, reducing your tax bill. People who expect that their income will be higher when they retire can use a Roth 401(k) or Roth IRA. They’ll pay their income tax first but they won’t have to pay income tax during the payout phase.

 

Those tax deferments are limited. Because you can’t usually contribute more than a total of $2,125 into your IRA and 401(k) accounts every month, you can’t use those accounts to reduce your income tax payments any further.

 

You can, however, use your annuity payments to continue reducing your tax liabilities.

 

There are no limits on annuity contributions, which means there are no limits on the amount by which you can reduce your taxes—at least in the short term. Bear in mind that you will pay income tax when you receive the payout, and you’ll pay a tax penalty if you withdraw your funds early.

 

  1. In an Annuity, a Death Rider Can be a Good Thing

Think of death riders and you might imagine a violent biker gang—the kind of thing you probably want to avoid. In annuities, though, a death benefit rider ensures that beneficiaries can inherit some of your annuity. If you die before the annuity has paid out all your savings, the insurance company won’t be able to keep it, and your beneficiaries will receive an inheritance. It’s a useful way to remove the risk of swapping your life savings for only a few monthly payments.

 

You can also purchase living riders that benefit you during your lifetime. A cost of living adjustment rider, for example, adjusts a fixed income to stay in line with the rising cost of living. Other riders include a guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit which lets you withdraw a percentage of the annuity’s principal each year, while a commuted payout rider grants lump sum withdrawals. A disability income rider can raise your income for a period in the invent of a disability that affects your income, and a long-term care rider will help to pay for the increased cost of long-term care.

 

Because insurance companies can figure out actuarial risk, they’re able to combine insurance-type products with their annuity payouts.

 

  1. The More You Want from an Annuity, the More You Pay

Insurance riders offer a range of different features and options but they do increase the cost of the annuity and can lower the payouts that you receive.

 

That makes choosing your riders difficult. A death rider removes the risk that you’ll give an insurance company several hundred thousand dollars and only receive a few thousand dollars in return. It takes your remaining premium out of the hands of the insurance company and makes sure that it goes to your beneficiaries. But a death rider typically costs anywhere between 0.25% and 1.15% of the value of the annuity. As you start to add other riders—a cost of living adjustment, for example—the cost increases even further. They’ll combine with the insurance agent’s management fees to continue reducing your payment and limiting the value of the returns on your savings.

 

Ask your insurance agent which riders they offer but make sure that you choose the riders you want wisely.

 

  1. Indexed Annuities Can Miss Market Peaks

Fixed index annuities provide predictability and stability. Variable rate annuities provide a chance of higher returns at the risk of a market collapse that lowers returns.

 

One alternative to both of those options is indexed annuities. These kinds of annuities guarantee a rate of return and they track their gains according to a particular index such as the Dow Jones.

 

You’ll get a guaranteed minimum payout and the option of more if the market does well. But there are a couple of drawbacks.

 

First, the price for that guaranteed floor is usually a cap on the gains. You might only receive 80 or 90 percent of the rise of an index, for example. Or the annuity could limit your interest rate raise. The market could jump 15% in a year but if your gains are capped at 6%, most of the value of that rise will go to the insurance company.

 

Second, the way the insurance company calculates the index’s gains matter too. Some companies might only look at the index’s annual change. If the index climbs 20% over the year then falls 18% in the days before the insurance company calculates the index’s return before climbing another 10% in the days after, your gain will only be 2%. Indexed annuities miss the benefits of index peaks.

 

They also don’t usually provide complete guarantees. A floor should ensure a minimum level of payout regardless of the performance of the index. But one way the insurance company covers its risk is by only applying that guarantee to some of the premium. It’s not unusual for as much as 13% of the premium you’ve paid to be excluded from the guarantee, lowering the floor further.

 

That doesn’t mean that you should never take an indexed annuity but you should know what you’re buying. If you want to track an index, it’s often wiser to invest in a tracker fund then buy an immediate annuity.

 

  1. The Insurance Company Knows When You’re Going to Die

Insurance companies offer annuities because they have the actuarial skills necessary to calculate payouts for the rest of your life. They’re able to factor in your age, health, medical history, and so on in order to work out the probability that you’ll reach a particular age. They can then use that probability to calculate how much they can pay you from your premium each month for as long as you’re likely to need those payouts.

 

That’s not a specialty in which financial investment firms excel, which is largely why they don’t offer annuities. It doesn’t mean that the insurance company literally knows when you’re going to die. But it does mean that they know when you’re probably going to die.

 

  1. Annuities Aren’t Completely Protected

The money that you place in your 401(k) has some protection. 401(k) plans usually qualify under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. If your employer goes out of business, your 401(k) will be unaffected. You’ll still receive your payouts when you retire. If you yourself enter bankruptcy, the funds in your retirement accounts will not be accessible to creditors. Your retirement money is yours.

 

Protection for annuities is more complicated.

 

The danger to an annuity comes from the collapse of the insurance company that provides it. While the federal government protects consumers if a bank or financial brokerage collapses, that protection does not extend to life insurance companies.

 

The first thing to note though is that such failures are very rare, and they’re even rarer among large corporations. When an insurer does start to run into trouble, the state’s regulator will begin working with the National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations to find another company to take over. Usually, the annuity then passes to the company’s new owner, and customers experience no change in service. Scheduled annuity payments will continue as always. Customers who want to take lump sums might experience some delays as the takeover is negotiated.

 

If another company doesn’t take over the failing insurance firm, protection from the state’s guaranty fund depends on the state and on the type of annuity. For deferred fixed annuities, the guaranty association limit will only reach the current value of the annuity after surrender charges. For variable rate annuities, the protection is often weaker because the insurance company has less liability.

 

Before you buy an annuity, ask about the protection available for that product if the company collapses. Check the small print, and if you’re still uncertain, you can contact the National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations for help.

 

  1. There is a Best Time to Buy an Annuity

Saving for retirement is like planting trees. The best time to begin is usually several years ago. The second best time is always now. For annuities, especially fixed rate annuities, timing can appear to be an issue. The interest that fixed rate annuities earn is based at least in part on 10-year Treasury rates.  Those rates are currently around 1.6%, far below their long-term average of 4.36%. It might make sense then to wait and only purchase a fixed rate annuity when interest rates rise again.

 

But there’s no way to know when that will happen, and in the meantime you’d be missing out on the growth opportunity and the security that the annuity will bring.

 

The right time to buy an annuity has nothing to do with interest rates or market performance. Annuities aren’t competing with other financial products on their rates of return. Their key function is to allay risk. They ensure that you will have a retirement income for the rest of your life.

 

The best time to buy an annuity then is the moment you feel that you want the security and predictability that an annuity can deliver. And remember that you can always start small and build over time. That applies to both deferred and immediate annuities. If you’re buying a deferred annuity, you can increase your payments as your income and interest rates rise. If you’re buying an immediate annuity, you can swap some of your savings for an income now, then buy a larger annuity later if you want to increase your retirement income.

 

Match the timing of your annuity purchase with your attitude towards income risk. That’s much easier to assess than Treasury rate rises.

 

  1. Annuities Are Right for Some People, But Not Everyone

Everyone needs retirement income. Every employee should be making the most of their company’s 401(k), maxing their matching contributions, and enjoying the benefits of tax deferment. But that doesn’t mean that everyone should have an annuity.

 

Annuities deliver a guaranteed income after retirement for the rest of your life. They’re suitable for people who worry that they might not have saved enough to give them a good enough income when they stop working. They’re not suitable for people who, for health or other reasons, have a lower than average life expectancy or for people who have enough other income streams to ensure a good retirement income.

 

Talk to a financial advisor before purchasing an annuity and make sure that the product matches your attitude towards risk and retirement.

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Annuity FAQs

How do I open a Due annuity account?

It’s pretty simple. Click the signup button, enter in all the information that we require for getting your Due retirement account all setup and then setup how much money you’d like to deposit into your account each month. Total process on average takes around ten minutes to setup.

If you have any problems setting up your Due annuity account please contact our support team and we’ll help to get you setup.

Keep in mind, we will never contact you via phone and ask for personal information. We require each person to have two-factor authentication setup in order to fund their annuity account.

Do I need a credit check to setup an Annuity Plan with Due?

When setting up your account we require all credit information but we do not perform or pull your credit.

There will be times when partners or banks that we work with will have to perform a credit check. This is required in some circumstances to open an investment account.

How does the fineprint on my annuities account work?

Great question, it’s pretty simple. We setup an account in your name and invest the money that you entrust with our company.

Due charges a monthly fee of $10. This money goes towards the management and growth of our company.

Due give 3% interest on all the money you have in the Due platform. We then invest the money and take on the risk. We guarantee you a rate of 3% on your money. You do not receive any more or any less than this amount.

Due tells you at any time how much money you’ll receive for the rest of your life. When you turn 65 years old (or a predetermined age you choose) you will receive a “deposit” into your bank account on the 1st or 15th (you can choose) of each month.

You can withdraw your money at any time. Typically if you withdraw your money before the age of 65, we require you pay a 10% penalty fee. The reason behind this is that we have your money invested in longer term investments that have large penalties for taking out your money. When we invest the money like this, it allows us to give predictable returns for our customers. Special note: Withdrawals before age 59½ may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty tax in addition to this amount.

All investments involve risks, including the possible loss of capital. While this isn’t the goal, it is a possible outcome. With that said, we invest every dollar of your money into Charles Schwab account where your money is managed by two of the top investment firms in the nation: Blackstone (NYSE: BX), and ATHOS Private Wealth. Both of which have a very good reputation.

Got additional questions, message us via support at anytime!

How much money can I contribute each month?

That really depends on you. We do not limit the amount of money that you can contribute to your annuity account each month.

Here are a few recommendations and guidelines on how much you should be investing. Note, we’re not financial advisers but want to help give you the best info possible.

1. Make sure you’re maxing out your 401k, Roth IRA, HSA Accounts and all other investment accounts that will help long term. Especially matched benefits programs like 401k before putting in money.

2. Start with a healthy amount each month. This might be $20, $200 or $1000 a month. The more you put into your account, the more you’ll get each month.

3. How much money do you need each month when you retire? Check out our annuity calculator to help you back out how much money you need to put in each month to have the appropriate amount of monthly money coming to you each month

We don’t recommend putting in more money than you can afford to invest. Don’t pull money from a credit card to put in your annuity account. Yes, there are people who have and we don’t recommend it. Don’t borrow money. If there are debts that you owe and we receive a legal notice, we will be required by law to withdraw the money from your account. This could include unpaid hospital bills, unpaid taxes, etc. All investments involve risks, including the possible loss of capital. Don’t invest more than you could afford to lose.

How easy is it to withdraw my money?

It’s pretty simple. Login to your Due annuity account and request a withdraw. You’ll have to verify a few things. This will also include a call from our customer service team to confirm the withdrawal. This can take up to five business days to fully fund.

Special note: if you withdraw before your retirement target date, you could impose up to a 10% early withdrawal fee on your money as it’s invested in long term investments and we have to pull out of those positions.

Is it better to take annuity or lump sum?

There are benefits to both a monthly annuity or a lump sum. Lets walk you through a few benefits and drawbacks to each option to help you make the best decision when you decide to retire.

A monthly annuity is a sum of money that gets deposited in your bank account each month. People like this because it’s guaranteed income (though much smaller amount) that helps you not worry about running out of money for the rest of your life. The biggest drawback is that you won’t have a bunch of money to put into a different investment that requires a lot of money.

A fixed lump sum is a great option if you’re wanting to make a large purchase like real estate or something similar, starting a business or if you’re wanting to invest the money yourself into the stock market. You could potentially gain a lot of money but do risk losing a large amount. Taxes can also be a negative factor when pulling out large sums of money from your annuity.

What are the different types of annuities?

There are many different types of annuities. Each one has their advantages. Our customers genuinely know Due as a fixed annuity program as we payout monthly, but many people can fit their type of annuity into our program.

Deferred Annuity - A deferred annuity is a form of annuity that Due offers. This is for people like me and you what want to build up a nest egg annuity before we retire. We defer our payments until a future date. In most cases when you retire at 65. Deferred annuities are very popular for people looking to have guaranteed income in the future. Some people prefer to defer these payments until they stop working which could be long into their 70’s. It’s really up to you!

Fixed Annuity - Fixed annuities are fixed interest investments issued by insurance companies like Due. These types of annuities pay guaranteed rates of interest. We find these genuinely are higher than bank CDs. In most cases you can defer income to a later date (in our case at your retirement age) or draw income immediately (if you’re wanting to get money right now. We offer both options for fixed annuities. Our customers love the guaranteed fixed investment to help them predict their retirement.


Immediate Annuity - An immediate payment annuity is very similar to a  life insurance policy. Instead of waiting years, you can deposit a large sum of money in exchange for regular income each month. This is typically invested for 12+ months before you start receiving the monthly annuity payout. You have to be comfortable sacrificing a large sum of money in your bank account for monthly money deposited into your account.

Variable Annuity -  These types of annuities are typically put into subaccounts (mutual funds). How much money the annuity is worth depends on how well the total value of the mutual fund performs over the period of time divided up all the among the accounts. If they perform bad, they will not pay out that well. Variable annuities are popular among retirees that want a little bit more than the average fixed annuity will return.


Fixed Indexed Annuity -  A fixed indexed annuity is genuinely a rate that is attached to a specific fund or something like the S&P overall performance. Fixed indexed annuities typically offer a guaranteed minimum income benefit with a small chance of an increase if the fund invested in performs above average. A huge drawback to these types of annuities is that they typically perform a little off the market and don’t gain like you would if you invested in a more risky type of annuity.

 

How much does a $100,000 annuity pay per month?

Using our annuity calculator you can find out this information. A lot of the data behind this depends on how old you are. Here are a couple quick reference points, keep in mind that they are not exact numbers as we don’t have your age:

  • If you’re 30 years old right now and you don’t deposit any more money you’ll receive $10,049 yearly. This comes out to $837 a month for the rest of your life.

    If you add $100 a month, you’ll receive $12839 yearly. This comes out to $1070 a month for the rest of your life.

    If you add $500 a month, you’ll receive $23,997 yearly. This comes out to $2000 a month for the rest of your life.

     

  • If you’re 40 years old right now and you don’t deposit any more money you’ll receive $7,477 yearly. This comes out to $623 a month for the rest of your life.

    If you add $100 a month, you’ll receive $9177 yearly. This comes out to $765 a month for the rest of your life.

    If you add $500 a month, you’ll receive $15,974 yearly. This comes out to $1331 a month for the rest of your life.

     

  • If you’re 50 years old right now and you don’t deposit any more money you’ll receive $5,564.16 yearly. This comes out to $463.68 a month for the rest of your life.

    If you add $100 a month, you’ll receive $6,572 yearly. This comes out to $548 a month for the rest of your life.

    If you add $500 a month, you’ll receive $10,003 yearly. This comes out to $834 a month for the rest of your life.

     

  • If you’re 65 years old right now and you don’t deposit any more money you’ll receive $3,678.60 yearly. This comes out to $306.55a month for the rest of your life.

     

As you can see, that number grows significantly if you start putting in $500 - $1000 a month when you’re in your 30’s and 40’s.

How long does an annuity last?

Great question. We have built our “annuity” type of a program so that it will payout money for the remainder of your life. The more money you deposit into your account, the more money you’ll get each month. 

Every annuity account in Due has the ability to cash out at any time. 

Once you start receiving monthly payments, the value of the cashout will go down each month. This will continue to go down until it reaches zero. You’ll still receive monthly money until you die despite not having anything to cash out.

Monthly money will continue to be deposited in yours and your partners account until both of you die.

If you and your legal partner die before your “lump sump” money runs out, your “dependents” will be required to withdraw the money. We do require adequate documentation. Please contact support if this is the case.

With an annuity, you’ll receive a set monthly income until either “your benefits are exhausted, or you pass away.” If you have a single life annuity, then these benefits cease when you pass.

The pension fund will also retain any unused benefits. With a joint-and-survivor annuity, however, your spouse will continue to receive a portion of your benefits.

Lump-Sum Annuity

In a lump-sum annuity, the benefits are paid out in a single payment. While an annuity will provide you with a regular income, the lump sum lets you maintain control of your money. The control means you can invest elsewhere or transfer it to others.

Keep in mind that there are tax implications to consider in all withdrawal of any funds — in any pension plan.

“While most pension plans are secure and well managed, they are not completely bulletproof,” states MoneyTips. “Defined Benefit plans are of special concern because if the company or governmental entity goes bankrupt, future benefit payouts may be reduced or lost entirely (for a painful history lesson, read about the ‘Enron pension funds’).”

If you need some peace of mind, though, know that “Private company Defined Benefit plans are at least partially protected by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). The PBGC “was created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).”

Public pension plans, on the other hand, should be guaranteed by state law. But, “with huge funding shortfalls, these guarantee laws are increasingly under fire.”