Annuity: Immediate Fixed Income
What are Immediate Annuities?
Immediate annuities are pretty simple, basically the mirror image of a life insurance policy. Rather than pay regular premiums to an insurance company who pays a lump sum to your beneficiaries upon your death, you give the insurer a lump sum of cash in return for regular payments (usually monthly) until you die.
Most annuities offer a variety of payment options. You can receive payments for the rest of your life, or as long as you and your spouse are alive, or for a specific number of years, typically 10 to 20. You can even combine these options. For example, you can buy an annuity that has a life payment with 10-year period certain. That’s annuity-speak meaning you will receive income for the rest of your life, but if you die within ten years of buying the annuity, a beneficiary will receive your payments (or their cash equivalent) for the remaining time in the 10-year period.
Is an annuity right for you?
Here are four questions you can use to decide if immediate annuity is right for you.
- Do you prefer safety and guarantees over less certain options?
- Are less than 50% of your projected retirement expenses covered by guaranteed sources of income such as Social Security and pensions?
- You are healthy and think there is a fair chance you may live longer than average life expectancy. (Keep in mind 50% of people will live longer than average. That is how averages work.)
- Are you concerned about over-spending early in retirement, running out of money later, and protecting your future self from any poor decisions due to cognitive decline?
If you have a yes answer to any of the questions above, an immediate annuity may have a place in your retirement income plan. Be sure you look at diversifying your annuity purchase across insurance carriers and over time.
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