Higher Payouts, Pension-Like Income from Deferred Income Annuities

There are certain places where you often see negative information about annuities.  So when a financial magazine like Kiplinger's says that "Deferred Income Annuities Offer Predictability," you know that these products are something to look into.  Kimberly Lankford points out that deferred income annuities create a lifetime stream of income similar to a pension.  Both Baby Boomers and insurance companies like these products for their guaranteed income.  Deferred income annuities combine... Read More

New Deferred Income Annuities From Fidelity

There has been a lot of talk about deferred income annuities and their increasing popularity recently.  To keep up with the trend, Fidelity Investments just introduced two new deferred income annuities to help finance future retirement needs.  The company press release, "Fidelity Investments Adds Two New Deferred Income Annuities from Guardian and Principal," offers some details on the products to be added to those already offered by Fidelity.  The demand for products to carry people through... Read More

Who Is Selling the Most Indexed Annuities?

The second quarter numbers are in and Sheryl J. Moore has compiled a list of the best in the indexed industry.  According to Insurance Networking News' Carrie Burns, the "Top 10 Q2 Indexed Annuity and Life Insurance Carriers" have been released in a new report.  Annuity Specs' 60th "Indexed Sales & Market Report" accounts for the production of 99% of all of these indexed products.  Moore, the author of the report, is the CEO and President of Moore Market Intelligence.  Indexed annuity... Read More

Fidelity Offering Deferred Income Annuities Now

Fidelity Investments put out a press release yesterday letting consumers know that they have extended their product line due to demand from pre-retirees.  They will now be offering deferred income annuities to go along with their immediate income annuities.  With 7,500 or so people turning 65 daily, there is an increasing demand for guaranteed lifetime income in retirement.  They can use part of their savings or 401k to purchase a deferred income annuity that will set them up to receive... Read More

Couples Disagree On Retirement, Including Annuities

There are many things to consider when you are preparing for retirement, but most couples disagree during the decision making process.  According to the Minuteman News Center's Joe Mont, a "Study finds couples (are) at odds over retirement."  Fidelity Investments performed a study of 648 married couples between the ages of 46-75 regarding retirement issues and products like annuities.  Among couples, 33% did not agree on the type of lifestyle they would lead in retirement, so this is the... Read More

Best Immediate Annuities Combat Longevity Risk

The best immediate annuities can defend your financial future against longevity risk, or the possibility of outliving your money.  According to Insurance News Net's article "Insure Against Longevity Risk with Immediate Annuities," Mark Miller says that single premium immediate annuities can really secure your retirement.  They only make up about 2% of retiree income currently, but are expected to begin a comeback after flatlining during the economic crisis that started in 2008.  After making... Read More

Annuity Products in Retirement Plans

Despite the work of the government and many insurers, the use of annuity products in retirement plans is not as common as it should be.  Daisy Maxey's Market Watch article, "Annuities in retirement plans remain rare," lists some of the options available to investors.  Many retirement plan administrators don't think that the appetite is big for annuities, but BlackRock Inc. says that their research has shown increased interest from plan participants.Prudential Financial offers IncomeFlex for... Read More

Advisors Help With 401k Annuities & Rollovers

According to a recent survey, investors are quite uncertain with the retirement issues surrounding them and could use more help from advisors.  Danielle Andrus of Advisor One says that many people are not happy with the support offered from their employer's retirement plan in her article "Unsatisfied and Uncertain--Investors Need Advisors' Help: Retirement Report Roundup."  Cogent Research's study of investors found that more than half were unhappy with their current situation and need... Read More

Variable Annuities From MetLife Top $1 Billion

With projected sales of more than $1 billion, MetLife's Growth and Guaranteed Income (MGGI) variable annuities package is tops in its field.  According to Zachary Dristol's Annuity News Journal article "Top Two Annuity Providers See Over $1 Billion in Variable Annuity Sales," the companies selling the MGGI are pleased.  MetLife, Inc., one of the world's top annuities, insurance, and benefits providers, sells the product along with Fidelity Investments, Inc.  Fidelity is a leading provider of... Read More

Variable Annuities from Fidelity Available through FundQuest

Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Co.'s variable annuities have been added to FundQuest's offerings, according to "FundQuest adds Fidelity VA to platform" by Jessica Toonkel Marquez of Investment News.  The Personal Retirement Annuity from Fidelity is the first Fidelity variable annuity to be offered to fee-based advisers through FundQuest, or any managed-account provider.  Andrew Stavaridis, FundQuest's VP of national accounts, says that FundQuest has two other annuity products on its... Read More

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