What is an annuity?
What type of annuity is right for you?
The type of annuity that's right for you will depend on your personal goals, objectives, and risk tolerance.
Multi-Year Guaranteed Annuities
A multi-year guaranteed annuity, or MYGA, offers a predetermined and contractually guaranteed interest rate for a fixed period of time.
Since a MYGA offers a guaranteed interest rate for the entire contracted term, it’s considered a less risky investment than a variable or indexed annuity.
Flexibility and liquidity
The ability to take partial withdrawals yearly without a penalty affords flexibility. For example, if you need money to cover a large medical bill you could pull it out of your MYGA, which might be a preferable option to taking money from an IRA or getting a 401(k) loan.
Traditional Fixed Annuities
Fixed annuities are insurance contracts that pay a guaranteed rate of interest on the account owner's contributions.
Predictable investment returns
The rates on fixed annuities are derived from the yield that the life insurance company generates from its investment portfolio, which is invested primarily in high-quality corporate and government bonds.
Guaranteed minimum rates
Once the initial guarantee period in the contract expires, the insurer can adjust the rate based on a stated formula or on the yield it is earning on its investment portfolio. As a measure of protection against declining interest rates, fixed annuity contracts typically include a minimum rate guarantee.
Fixed Index Annuities
A form of fixed annuity that earns interest due to changes in a market index. Rather than using an interest rate as a benchmark, it uses a stock market index to determine growth.
Full protection of principal
FIA's are protected from the volatility of the markets. Money is never invested in the stock market. Your credit strategy tracks the stock market, but you do not own assets that can lose value.
Can potentially provide better rates than CDs
From 1999 to 2020, many fixed index annuities actually outperformed the indexes they were correlated with. However, while it happens from time to time, they weren't designed to outperform the stock market.
An efficient way to plan for future income needs
Once you annuitize it with a lifetime payout option or turn on the income rider payouts, you cannot outlive that income stream.
How annuities help you retire
Annuities can help ensure a retirement strategy and income that lasts as long as you do, which is likely to be a very long time.
In general, during the accumulation phase of an annuity contract, your earnings grow tax-deferred. You pay taxes only when you start taking withdrawals from the annuity.
Predictable Income For Life
Income riders may be an effective vehicle for lasting financial security. When paired with the right annuity, an income rider can provide a steady income stream for the rest of your life.
Death Benefits For Heirs
The owner can designate a beneficiary to inherit the remaining annuity payments after death. After an annuitant dies, insurance companies distribute any remaining payments to beneficiaries.
Certain level of guarantee
You know what your rate of return will be for a certain period of time with fixed annuities. For seniors looking for a predictable income stream, that may be a better alternative than putting money into equities.
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