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Eleven Benefits of Deferred Fixed Annuities

Eleven Benefits of Deferred Fixed Annuities

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Americans have billions of dollars invested in deferred fixed annuities. And while these contracts offer countless advantages, including a guaranteed stream of income after retirement, most people simply aren’t aware of the many benefits a deferred fixed annuity have to offer.

Deferred annuities are designed for long-term savings, and they provide monthly or annual payments whenever the policyholder wants to start drawing from the investment. As long as the policyholder delays drawing from the annuity, any earnings in the account are tax-deferred until after they start drawing funds.

So, why a deferred fixed annuity?

1. Keeping it safe

Unlike a bank CD, deferred annuities are not Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-insured. However, these accounts are usually backed by billions of dollars in the insurance company’s assets. Therefore, deferred fixed annuities are considered safe, low-risk investments.

2. Triple the interest

Deferred annuities offer tax-deferred earnings and “triple compound interest.” In other words, these accounts earn interest on principal, interest on interest and interest on the taxes you would normally have to pay each year on a CD. 



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Basically, because of the tax deferral and triple compounding effect deferred annuities offer, you’ll have more money to spend after retirement.

3. Guaranteed minimum interest rate

Because insurance companies offer minimum guaranteed interest rates on deferred annuities, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll never lose money regardless of what’s going on around the world.

4. Competitive interest rates

Not only are you guaranteed a minimum interest rate for deferred annuities, but you may be able to receive a higher rate than on a comparable CD. Plus, with some annuities, you can lock in your interest current interest rate for a certain amount of time if you think rates may decrease in coming years.

5. No pesky sales charges

Unlike some other investments, deferred fixed annuities do not tack on a sales charge when you deposit money. Every last red cent of your initial deposit stays in your account.

6. No ‘administration’ fees

With some investments, such as mutual funds, you are charged asset management and administrative fees. You won’t have to pay any such fees with a deferred fixed annuity.

7. Withdrawal advantages

Withdrawals seem to be the most confusing and misunderstood aspect of deferred fixed annuities. Contrary to popular belief, there are quite a few ways to access money in deferred annuities without paying a penalty, such as the following:

  • You can withdraw up to 10% from your account each year without a penalty.
  • If you are diagnosed with a terminal illness or need to go live in a nursing home, you can usually withdraw as much as you want without a penalty.
  • You can convert some or all of your account to guaranteed income for a certain number of years. Some new deferred annuity products allow you to receive a payout at a guaranteed interest rate for the remainder of your life while you retain control of the principal.

8. Protected from creditors

Depending on the state where you live, the money in your deferred fixed annuity may be protected from creditors if you file bankruptcy.

9. Sheltered from probate

In some states, your annuity is not considered a probate asset. Therefore, your deferred annuity beneficiaries will not be subject to probate fees or delays.

10. Waning early withdrawal charges

Although there are some charges associated with withdrawing money from deferred annuities, these typically decrease over time. After a certain amount of time, charges will no longer apply. For example, once you’ve held a deferred annuity for five years, you can typically withdraw all of your money over the next five or 10 years with no charges.

Whereas, if you need access to funds in a CD prior to the maturity date, you may pay an interest penalty ranging from 30 days’ to six months’ interest.

11. Distribution options at maturity

When a CD reaches maturity, you can either cash out or renew it for the same or a different maturity period at current market rates.

With a deferred fixed annuity, you may elect to withdraw your money in a lump sum or choose a lifetime income option, which provides an income stream that you cannot outlive. Or you could also let your funds continue to accumulate until a need arises.

*Annuity withdrawals are generally taxed as ordinary income and may be subject to surrender charges, in addition to a 10% federal income tax penalty if made prior to age 59 1/2. The guarantees and payments of income are contingent on the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance carrier.

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