At what age is an annuity right?
What if I want guaranteed income?
How can I supplement my retirement income?
An annuity is a long-term savings instrument that can be used to accumulate assets on a tax-deferred basis. There are many different kinds of annuities, but all share the same basic structure:
- The contract is purchased, either through regular premiums or a lump sum.
- At some point in the future (typically retirement), benefit payments are triggered.
- Depending on the annuity, cash value grows tax-deferred between purchase and triggering event.
There are two main categories of annuities: immediate and deferred.
Obtained through a lump sum payment, benefits from immediate annuities are generally triggered within a year of purchase. Immediate annuities are commonly known as “Single Premium Immediate Annuities” and do not have an accumulated cash value component.
These types of annuities are “deferred” in two senses. First, benefits are delayed for an extended period of time, during which the contract gathers cash value. Second, gains within the annuity account accrue tax-deferred until distribution, meaning a consumer won’t face a tax liability until benefits are triggered.
Several kinds of deferred annuities exist in the marketplace.
Generally, they are identified by the means in which they gather cash value.
What annuity and features will fit your needs, will depend on your unique situation, goals, and objectives.