Annuities

Top Ten Annuity Myths Exposed

Courtesy of Annuities Institute New market report reveals annuity critics are often biased and incorrect in their perceptions of annuities within retirement planning While annuities have played an integral role in retirement planning throughout most of the last century, a new report reveals that the average consumer is now ten times more likely to read Read more >>

Rating and Comparing Annuities

An annuity is a long-term financial contract, and permanent whole life insurance purchased as an alternative to annuities is also a commitment that could last for several years. Investors who wish to make a good decision can help themselves choose well by consulting annuity rating agencies in order to make an informed buying decision.

The Insurance Companies with the Highest Annuity Company Ratings

Only one company in the United States has simultaneously earned the highest credit rating possible from each of the four credit rating agencies, and that is the New York Life Insurance Company. The division of the company that sells immediate and deferred annuities is the New York Life Insurance and Annuity Company, and it offers Read more >>

Annuity Riders

Many people are familiar with the concept of riders and how a rider pertains to homeowner’s insurance. For example, if a homeowner possesses valuable art investments, the homeowner may elect to purchase an insurance rider in order to gain extra coverage beyond a standard policy, just to protect their art investment. An annuity rider is similar, in that it can be purchased by the annuity holder and then be attached to an annuity.

Strategic Planning with Annuity Riders

Annuity riders increase a purchaser’s payout options and some insurers offer annuity rider incentives by matching contributions or through bonuses with the purchase of an annuity. However, riders cost extra and involve a risk. They also can be quite complex and confusing. The decision to purchase an annuity is an important one, and one that requires knowledge and strategic planning.

Variable Annuities: What You Should Know!

If you are considering the purchase or if you already own a variable annuity make certain you fully understand how they work. Annuities can be a good decision and they can also be your worst nightmare. The difference depends on how the benefits of a variable annuity can benefit you Listed below are 10 things to fully understand before buying a variable annuity.

Creditor Protection: The Annuity Option

With current bankruptcy laws making it more difficult to qualify for debt relief on still available avenue could be the use of an annuity. In some states the income from an annuity payment is protected from creditors. Each state is different and many states have had these laws come under fire because of lawsuits. It is important to always ask for legal and tax advice when considering using an annuity as a protected asset.

Don’t Get Stuck With Low Annuity Rates: Manage Your Annuity!

If you have an older annuity it is still possible you may also have an annuity with a surrender penalty in place. How do you move your money to a higher rate of interest and not lose any of your account to these surrender fees?

Know Your Annuity Contract: Nursing Home Waiver

Almost all newer annuity contracts have a provision in them to allow access to all or most of your funds in the event of a need for a nursing home. The greatest fear of most senior adults is being confined to a nursing home and not being able to live in dignity. Annuity products have Read more >>

Annuity Beneficiary: An Important Decision

Annuities are contracts between an individual and an insurance company. These contracts allow for the naming of a beneficiary in the event of death of the annuitant. Because this is a contract, the beneficiary will receive the value of the annuity without the need of estate probate. The funds are paid immediately as directed by Read more >>

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