Variable annuities and fixed annuities are very different creatures. Fixed annuities earn a set rate of interest for a specific time period. Variable annuities invest your funds in separate accounts (sub accounts) that invest in securities such as stocks and bonds, etc. Each separate account will offer specific investment objectives, you select the accounts that will best help you reach your goal. Here are specific points to understand before investing in variable annuities.
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The number one reason that people purchase an annuity in the first place is income protection, protection from living too long. Think of it as an insurance to protect you from outliving your assets. It is not uncommon, and it is becoming more common, for people to outlive their retirement funds, people are living longer. For many people, it just makes solid sense. With the purchase of an annuity come contractual benefits known as settlement options.
In a 2011 survey asking Baby Boomer-aged women about their retirement plans and their investible assets, single women had substantially less money saved for retirement than did single men. In addition to less money saved for retirement, a high percentage (86%) of women surveyed planned to retire earlier than men.
How safe is your fixed indexed annuity? Should you trust a fixed indexed annuity with your important retirement funds? What happens if an insurance company were to fail? These and other questions are vitally important and the answers may surprise you.
Buying a US Treasury EE Bond can be a great idea if you want your funds held long term and have no need for the funds prior to their 20 year maturity. EE Bonds offer fixed interest rates for the life of the bond. The maturity period for EE Bonds is 20 years, if you redeem the bond in the first 5 years of ownership, there is a penalty affixed. EE Bonds offer safety, market yield and tax deferred interest compounding.
Typically Brokered CDs are long term commitments. A Brokered CD could have a term of 10 or 20 years. The value of the Brokered CD is set for the time duration offered by the bank. But the actual value of the Brokered CD changes daily based on general interest rates available to the consumer. In many ways Brokered CDs are the same as a bond, the bond will pay a specified interest rate for a specified time periods but if the bond is sold prior to maturity, the actual amount received by the bond owner may be higher or lower than the face value.
We all know that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures our bank deposits. They are safe, and they are guaranteed. We, as a nation, depend on these guarantees as to the financial backbone of our monetary system. Have you ever wondered what is not insured? Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, municipal bonds or [...]