What Is an Annuity?
A tax-deferred annuity is a contract, issued by an
insurance company, which allows you to accumulate money on a tax-deferred
basis for long-term goals such as retirement. When you are ready to receive
income from your annuity, you can withdraw funds as needed, or set up a
regular payment schedule guaranteed by the issuer, which would last over a
given time period. The issuing company may impose surrender charges that
can start at 7%, and generally decline over 3 to 7 years on withdrawals
beyond those permitted under the contract provisions. Withdrawals from
annuities before age 59Ĺ may be subject to ordinary income tax and a 10%
Annuities are among the fastest-growing retirement investments.
Despite their popularity, many people still donít know much about them. The
following will help explain the different types of annuities. You can
contact your Financial Advisor to see how annuities may be able to fit in
your overall portfolio.
There are two types of annuities, fixed and variable.
A fixed annuity has a guaranteed fixed
interest rate for a stated period of time. Depending on the terms of the
contract, the insurance company may adjust the rate annually. There are two
types of fixed annuities. The first type is one in which the insurance
company guarantees the interest rate for a specified period of time,
typically 1 to 10 years. The second type guarantees a bonus rate for one
year, then resets the rates on an annual basis
according to current interest rates. Before investing, you should be sure
to check which type of fixed annuity you are purchasing.
A variable annuity is essentially a basket
of investment options generally referred to as sub-accountsissued
by an insurance company. Any earnings within a variable annuity are
permitted to accumulate tax-deferred. So you'll pay no taxes on earnings
until you begin taking withdrawals, typically during retirement. There is
no limit on how much you can contribute to a variable annuity. The subaccounts, will vary according to the securities they
invest in and their risk level. The return on an investment in a variable
annuity will depend on the performance of the sub-accounts you choose.
A Geoffrey Richards Financial Consultant can offer you a
wide variety of annuity products that can help you meet your financial
needs. We invite you to receive a free annuity review.