Product Review: | Equitrust MarketValue 10 Fixed Indexed Annuity

How is this FIA faring this year? So far, so good. Through early August, the index returned 8.84%, partly on the strength of a sharp rally in gold, while the S&P 500 was barely positive. An FIA with a Generous Index Participation Rate and Asset Flexibility May Be Your Best Bet in These Trying TimesAmid a pandemic and a severe recession, purchasing the right fixed indexed annuity (FIA) – an annuity offering exposure to the stock market while sidestepping losses in a down... Read More

Symetra Introduces Two New Indexed Annuities

There are two new single-premium indexed annuity contracts available, both coming from the U.S. arm of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company of Osaka, Symetra. Symetra Stride and Symetra Edge Elite are both filed as non-variable annuities featuring crediting rate options linked to the performance of Putnam Investments’ new Putnam Dynamic Low Volatility Excess Return Index, according to a recent article from ThinkAdvisor.Several annuity issuers have limited their annuity offerings with account... Read More

New Fixed Index Annuity Balances Growth and Protection

One of the many goals of most retirement planners is learning how to balance growth potential with principal protection when markets get volatile. In an effort to address this concern, Midland Retirement Distributors, a distribution business of Sammons Institutional Group, has launched a new fixed index annuity. According to a recent press release, Summit Navigate was designed for consumers who are close to retirement, layering two interest-crediting strategies to help calm nerves in this... Read More

Product Review: | Brighthouse SecureAdvantage 6 Fixed Indexed Annuity

There are a few scattered bright spots and one of them is Brighthouse SecureAdvantage 6, a relatively new fixed indexed annuity that is unlike virtually every other FIA. Brighthouse SecureAdvantage 6 Is Markedly Different From Other FIAs – And That’s Why It’s Worth Discovering Now.This is an extraordinarily tough period for investors. Most traditional options are sketchy or worse. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note is yielding well below 1%. Stocks have... Read More

Legacy Launches New Fixed Index Annuity

Legacy Marketing Group has just launched a new fixed index annuity issued by Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, an “A” rated provider. IncomeMark Select was designed to provide performance-driven income and is best paired with the MyGrowth Income Rider Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit (GLWB). Together the products ease the fears of soon-to-be retirees who are concerned about outliving their money, rising expenses and paying for healthcare.“With the performance-driven MyGrowth Income... Read More

Annuity Sales Continue to Break Records

The Secure Retirement Institute Fourth Quarter U.S. Annuity Sales Survey was recently released showing the best annuity sales in over a decade. According to a recent InsuranceNewsNet article, annuity sales in 2019 topped $241.7 billion, increasing 3% over 2018. Despite the overall sales being the best since 2008, annuity sales in the fourth-quarter actually dropped 8% when compared with the same time period in 2018.“Fixed annuity sales have driven the overall growth for the annuity... Read More

Product Review: | Security Benefit Strategic Growth

Prospective annuity buyers might be interested because Security Benefit Strategic Growth is more generous than most growth FIAs – it offers a 50% participation rate on the S&P 500, compared to 40% to 45% participation rates among most others. Security Benefit, an annuity purveyor whose roots date back a whopping 127 years, is no stranger to fixed indexed annuities (FIAs).Its predecessor started out in Kansas as an insurance company with a twist, one focused on providing... Read More

Product Review: | Athene Ascent Pro 10

In effect a hybrid of a growth FIA and an income FIA, the Athene Ascent Pro 10 offers a stronger chance to beat the going guaranteed rate by doubling annual gains in the index and adding them to the annuity’s income base. Ostensibly, folks who like fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) want to have their cake and eat it too. FIAs enable them to invest in the stock market without fear of losses because of a guarantee that they won’t lose money in a down market.But if they... Read More

Fixed Indexed Annuities Set for Comeback

Historically, fixed indexed annuities have gained favor with investors who like the idea of participating in market gains while protecting their principal. Couple this with a guaranteed stream of income in retirement and it’s not hard to understand why these annuities have been the most popular product in retirement planning. In recent years however, indexed annuity sales have flattened after the Depart of Labor’s fiduciary rule focused on the commission based sales of the... Read More

Fixed Indexed Annuities and Retirement Income Planning

In times of market volatility, such as this, many are turning to fixed indexed annuities as a safer way to invest. But with so much confusion and misconceptions on how the product actually works some are skeptical about purchasing one. Instead of comparing FIAs to investment security products, like mutual funds, these annuities should actually be touted as insurance products. They allow consumers to protect the principal of their investment while letting the annuity be... Read More

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