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All About Annuities

Immediate Annuities Pay Sooner, Not Later

Immediate Annuities Pay Sooner, Not LaterNews from FEDweek:
An immediate annuity pays out income right away, as soon as it is purchased from the annuity issuer. Sometimes these vehicles are called “payout annuities” or “income annuities.”
Payouts from immediate annuities may take several forms. Examples include:
* Fixed term. You might receive income for, say, seven years. Subsequently, no more payments will be made.
* Joint life. Payments might go to you or [...] Continue Reading…

The Pros and Many Cons of Variable Annuities

The Pros and Many Cons of Variable AnnuitiesNews from ABC News:
If you’re middle-aged or older, there’s a good chance that a financial services company will contact you about a variable annuity. These highly complex products are often said to be sold, not bought.
Annuities are basically the opposite of life insurance. With life insurance, you pay periodic premiums, and your beneficiaries receive a lump sum when you die. With annuities, [...] Continue Reading…

Annuities fall out of favour, but still offer certainty

Annuities fall out of favour, but still offer certaintyNews from Financial Times:
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For those who value the prospect of a good night’s sleep in retirement, an annuity is the only financial product that will offer the certainty of a secure income in later life.
Money saved in a pension plan is given to an insurer, who turns the lump sum into a guaranteed lifetime income for the policyholder and any [...] Continue Reading…

Income Annuities, Non-GLBs Are Today’s Rising Annuity Stars

Income Annuities, Non-GLBs Are Today’s Rising Annuity StarsNews from Insurance News Net:
By Linda KocoInsuranceNewsNet
ARLINGTON, Va. – The way the individual annuity market is shaping up this year, the rising stars are variable annuities without guaranteed living benefits (GLB), and fixed income annuities.
That’s according to figures from LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute (LIMRA SRI) to be aired here Thursday at the annual Retirement Industry Conference sponsored by LIMRA, LOMA and Society [...] Continue Reading…

Annuity Sales in 2014 – Does Fixed or Variable Come Out on Top?

Annuity Sales in 2014 – Does Fixed or Variable Come Out on Top?News from Market Realist:
Annuity Sales in 2014 – Does Fixed or Variable Come Out on Top? (Part 1 of 4)
An Introduction to Annuities
By Sean Millard  • Apr 2, 2015 1:56 pm EDT
What are annuities?
Annuities are savings-oriented financial products generally sold by insurance companies. They come with several benefits for the purchaser of [...] Continue Reading…

Indexed Annuities -

Indexed Annuities -News from Are They a Good Investment? – Motley Fool:
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Many people with no pension to count on and only a modest expected income from Social Security know they need to make smart decisions about their retirement savings and investments. Thus, when a salesperson pushes them toward indexed annuities, they’re quickly convinced, and sign up. That’s not good news, though, because indexed annuities can be problematic.
According [...] Continue Reading…

Should Employers Default Workers 401(k)s Into Annuities?

Should Employers Default Workers 401(k)s Into Annuities?News from Forbes:
Back in the 1970s, the assumption was that most employers would provide traditional pensions that paid out income over a retiree’s lifetime, but most employers aren’t willing to do this anymore. In fact, two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies that offered pensions to new employees in 1998 no longer offer these benefits today. And three-quarters of them are engaged in derisking strategies [...] Continue Reading…

Annuities Are Part Of The Retirement Readiness Playbook

Annuities Are Part Of The Retirement Readiness PlaybookNews from Insurance News Net:
By Linda KocoInsuranceNewsNet
Some retirement readiness data released this week by Voya Financial reads almost like a playbook on what Americans can do to increase their retirement readiness.
That includes owning annuities, life and long-term care insurance, as well as building up savings and investments.
For example, 83 percent of retirees who scored high on Voya’s Retire Ready Index said they [...] Continue Reading…

Why the 1% loves annuities

Why the 1% loves annuitiesNews from MarketWatch:
Class envy is currently in vogue, and it’s politically correct to be against what some politicians refer to as the “evil rich.”
Recent studies reveal that the top 1% in this country earn over $ 380,000 annually, and the top 10th of 1% bring in more than $ 1.7 million in yearly earnings. Good for them in my capitalistic opinion.
That’s pretty lofty [...] Continue Reading…

Government deals blow to poorer pensioners looking to sell annuities

Government deals blow to poorer pensioners looking to sell annuitiesNews from Citywire.co.uk:Not everyone will benefit from plans to allow the sale of annuities as the poorest pensioners may be blocked from cash in their retirement income.
Chancellor George Osborne used last week’s Budget to confirm pensioners receiving retirement income from an annuity would be able to sell their policy and take advantage of the new pension freedoms by accessing the [...] Continue Reading…