¹ Distributions from your annuity may be subject to a surrender charge. Distributions are also subject to ordinary income tax and, if taken before age 59½, a 10% federal additional tax may apply.
Why consider an annuity?
Buying an annuity is one way to help build your retirement assets. Annuities offer principal protection and potential interest to help you accumulate money for your retirement. The money in your annuity can grow tax-deferred, which may help your savings accumulate faster.¹
Annuities also offer valuable guarantees and death benefit protection. If you surrender your contract, you’ll receive at least a guaranteed minimum value. And because annuities are insurance products, they can give you the reassurance of knowing that your beneficiaries will get a death benefit if you pass away before you start receiving annuity payments.
Finally, annuities give you several income options once you’re ready: You can receive income as a single payment, as regular payments over a specific period of time, or even as income for life.
These are just a few of the reasons why many people rely on annuities to help them achieve their long-term financial goals.
Fixed index annuities offer additional benefits.
In addition to the benefits we’ve just discussed, a fixed index annuity has the potential to earn interest based on changes in an external market index. This is different from traditional fixed annuities, which credit interest calculated at a fixed rate set in the contract.
Because the chosen market index varies daily and is not predictable, the interest you earn through a fixed index annuity could be more or less than the interest from a traditional fixed annuity. Many fixed index annuities also let you allocate premium to a traditional fixed interest option, where interest is credited at a fixed rate.
Regardless of whether you choose fixed interest, indexed interest, or a combination of both, an annuity’s benefits can make it a valuable part of your overall retirement strategy.