Immediate Annuities for Retirement

In Money Magazine's Ask the Expert section, Walter Updegrave advises a couple to "Bridge income gaps with an annuity."  While they asked him how much of the husband's 401k should be transferred to an annuity, there wasn't quite an easy answer for that since everyone's situation is different.  The most important thing to do when considering your annuity purchase for retirement is to figure out how much you'll need to cover after factoring in your pension/s and your social security payments. ... Read More

Fixed Annuity Sales Increase

According to Insurance News Net, "Fixed Annuities Make a Slow Recovery."  Overall annuity sales stayed flat from March to April after a steady increase at the start of 2010.  The total variable and fixed annuity sales from banks in April was $3.3 billion.  Although that number was 26% lower than the $4.4 billion sold in April of 2009, the total annuity sales have increased significantly from their low point in January of 2010.Fixed annuity sales increased 9% to $2 billion, almost... Read More

Variable Annuity Sales Up in 1st Quarter

Variable annuity sales increased from the 1st quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2010, according to Insurance News Net's "US Sales of Variable Annuities See First Year-Over-Year Gain in Two Years."  With $31.4 billion in total sales, variable annuities increased 3% from the same time last year.  The first quarter of 2008 was the last time that there was such an increase in variable annuity sales.  A spokeswoman for the Insured Retirement Institute says that this marks a slow and... Read More

Indexed Annuity for Conservative Investors

There is an alternative investment out there for those seeking both high potential returns and annuity benefits, according to Investopedia's "Are Equity-Indexed Annuities Right For You?"  Author Brigitte Yuille explains how the indexed annuity can work for more conservative investors.  The payments can be deferred until a later date or begin immediately just like traditional annuities.  Your return is linked to a stock market index like the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  Because of this,... Read More

New Products: Fee-Based Variable Annuity & Immediate Annuity

Fee-based annuities are the newest in demand product, according to "Big insurers launching fee-based annuities" by Investment News' Darla Mercado.  These simpler and lower-cost annuities are geared towards dually registered advisers.  One of the first products is Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America's fee-based variable annuity.  The company just filed their request with the SEC and is looking into similar new products to release next year.New York Life Insurance Co. is also... Read More

Do You Have a Death Benefit Annuity?

Opinions on death benefit annuity riders are wide-ranging.  While your monthly payments will be smaller with such a rider, your money is not lost to your family should you die sooner than expected.  When the annuitant dies, any listed beneficiary will receive the annuity's proceeds.  You can name one or more people, a trust, or even an organization as your beneficiary.  Beneficiaries can take the annuity money in either a lump sum or as periodic payments.  Since many annuities defer taxes,... Read More

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