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History of Annuities

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Common Benefits

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Common Benefits

All annuities, fixed or variable, share several common benefits. Here's a summary of what annuities can bring to your retirement portfolio:

 


Ideal for Estate Planning
Proceeds from annuities pass directly to your beneficiaries without the delay, expense, and publicity of probate in most states. If you've ever had a loved one's estate go through this time-consuming legal process, you know just what kind of advantage this is.
 


The Power of Tax Deferral
Because you do not pay taxes on earnings every year, your annuity is able to work harder thanks to tax-deferral. You will have to pay taxes on earnings when you withdraw your annuity's gains, but at least you can decide when that happens.
 


No Contribution Limits
Contributions to other retirement savings vehicles, like 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts, are strictly limited. Annuities, however, offer tremendous flexibility. You can contribute as much as you want, up to the limits imposed by the insurer, to take advantage of tax-deferral or variable accounts inside the annuity. Plus, you can add to your annuity contract at any time.
 


Flexible Payment Options

Unlike 401(k)s and IRAs, which require that you begin making withdrawals at age 70 1/2, you may be able to wait much longer with annuities. When you do decide to begin receiving payments, you can usually select one of the following methods:

  • Lump Sum distribution (a one-time payment)

  • Periodic distributions (you can take money only when you need it)

  • Systematic distributions (a fixed or variable amount is sent to you at regular intervals)

  • Annuitization (fixed or variable payments, guaranteed for the rest of your life)
 


Tax Control

The money inside your annuity is made up of two components -- principal and earnings. Assuming your annuity was opened with after-tax dollars, you're only taxed on your earnings.

Different distribution methods behave differently when it comes to taxes; for instance, Lump Sum, Periodic, and Systematic distributions exhaust all earnings (which are taxable) before tapping principal. Under annuitization, each payment consists of both principal and interest, spreading your tax liability evenly among payments. Through these distribution options, you have complete control over when you will pay taxes on your earnings.

Annuities are not perfect when it comes to tax control. If you should pass away while your annuity is accumulating, all deferred taxes on your growth will become due, reducing your annuity's value.

 


Easy To Start and Maintain
Usually, a simple application, a check, and your signature begins your annuity. And, at the end of each year, you will not receive a 1099 for income earned within your annuity contract. That's one less thing to worry about when April 15th rolls around.
 


Other Features

Annuities also do not offset Social Security benefits like bond, CD, and other investment income does.

Annuities are easy to establish and often come with a "free look period." Your state of residence or the annuity contract will define a length of time (usually 30 days) where can cancel your contract if you decide it's not right for you.

You can even exchange older, non-performing annuities into a newer fixed annuity with no tax consequences, thanks to Section 1035 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 


If you are a conservative investor looking for a consistent way to build your retirement savings, then fixed annuities may be the answer for you. However, if you are financially savvy and believe you can do better choosing your annuity's direction, variable annuities offer you much greater flexibility and control.

The best way to determine which annuity is right for you is to talk with an experienced Annuity Specialist.

As long as the money you contribute to your annuity is destined to be used only at retirement, annuities can make a significant impact in the growth of your own nest egg.


Contact SaveWealth today to be put in touch with one of our annuity experts. You'll learn about the latest annuity features, and be able to determine whether annuities are right for you.

 

There is a surrender charge imposed generally during the first 5 to 7 years that you own the contract. Withdrawals prior to age 59-1/2 may result in a 10% penalty, in additional to any ordinary income tax. The guarantee of the annuity is backed by the financial strength of the underlying insurance company. Investment sub-account value will fluctuate with changes in market conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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