In its simplest definition, an annuity is an amount payable annually. For our purposes, however, an annuity describes a contract offered by an insurance company that allows you to accumulate funds for retirement on a tax-deferred basis. Upon retirement, you’ll receive income from the annuity that can be guaranteed by the insurer to last either a fixed number of years, or as long as you live. An annuity is neither life insurance nor a health insurance policy, and it’s not a savings account or a bank Certificate of Deposit.
Since it’s your future, it’s good to know that the companies we recommend can meet their financial obligations and should garner the most trust of all the types of investing. Even in the toughest times of economic downturn faced by American and global concerns, these types of companies have enjoyed steady growth and stability with plans to perpetuate their financial strength and to cover all contractual obligations for hundreds of years—not just the next quarter or fiscal year.