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No load variable annuities tend to sound very appealing to buyers. They do not have any backend charges and fees (such as up front commissions). However, there are likely to s…till be charges in some form, such as a handling fee and charges from a loaded annuity are still present, but not up front. These annuities lack living benefits, however they do hold death benefits. In contrast, both are the same, but no-loads hold death, not living benefits.
Fees are higher in a Variable annuity than they are in say a fixed Index Annuity.
Generally, when an insurance company goes bankrupt, the guarantees that are being offered on the contract are gone. For instance, if you have a death benefit, or a income guar…antee, those will usually be lost. As for the money you've invested in the variable annuity, if your money is invested in the sub-accounts (the various investments that are usually managed by mutual fund management whose names you will usually recognize), that money is still being managed by those companies, and is separate from the now bankrupt insurance company. That is the long way of saying, your money in the sub accounts is safe. However, if you have money in the fixed interest account, that is usually held by the insurance company, and that money may be in jeopardy.
A variable annuity is beneficial in an economy such as ours now. That way, when interest rates rise (however many years that will take), your annuity will also be at a higher …rate.
A variable deferred annuity is an annuity that is variable and deferred. What this means to you is that being variable it is associated with the risks of the markets that the …money is invested into. There is no guarantee to interest or principle, which may be volatile in a low market. Deferred means that it grows tax deferred whereas no taxes are paid by you until you start receiving payments from the annuity. The tax will be on the growth of the product and not what you placed in as principle. Please remember though growth is not guaranteed with a variable product.
There can be a few different definitions but in short as it applies to insurance or financial services: = Two Main Annuity Types: Immediate and Deferre…d = The difference between deferred and immediate annuities is just about what you'd think. With an Immediate Annuity your income payments start right away (technically, anytime within 12 months of purchase). You choose whether you want income guaranteed for a specific number of years or for your lifetime. The insurance company calculates the amount of each income payment based on your purchase amount and your life expectancy. A deferred annuity has two phases: the accumulation phase, where you let your money grow for a while, and the payout phase. During accumulation, your money grows tax-deferred until you take it out, either as a lump sum or as a series of payments. You decide when to take income from your annuity and therefore, when to pay the taxes. Gaining increased control over your taxes is one of the key benefits of annuities. The payout phase begins when you decide to take income from your annuity. For most people, this is during retirement. As your needs dictate, you can take partial withdrawals, completely cash-out (surrender) your annuity, or convert your deferred annuity into a stream of income payments (annuitization). This last option is essentially the same as buying an immediate annuity.
A Transamerica Variable Annuity is a fixed system of payment, based on a minimum monthly payment, that ensures payment to individuals during and after retirement.
A Vanguard variable annuity does seem be a good investment in the current market. As with any investment, there are no guarantees of profitable returns.
They are both good invesment instruments when used for the right purposes. Both are insurance policy contracts with distinctive features and differences.
Technically, the term "annuity" means "a series of payments over time, where the original investment and interest will be distributed over the annuity payout period". However,… most people, when they use the term "annuity" are referring to a COMMERCIAL ANNUITY - a contract between an issuing insurance company and the purchaser. There are two basic types of commercial annuities: IMMEDIATE - These contracts guarantee an income for either a specified period of time ("Period Certain" annuities) or for the life of the "annuitant" ("Life Annuities"). The annuitant is the person whose age and sex determines the amount of the annuity payments. An immediate annuity may be "fixed" (guaranteeing a specified amount of money each year) or "variable" (guaranteeing an income, the amount of which will vary with the investment performance of the investment accounts chosen by the purchaser). DEFERRED - These contracts have two phases: (a) the Accumulation phase, during which the annuity will earn interest, and (b) the Payout phase, during which payments will be made to the annuitant either for a specified period or for life (the payout phase acts like, and is taxed like, an immediate annuity). Deferred annuities may be either "fixed" (where principal and a minimum rate of interest is guaranteed) or "variable" (where the value of the contract will vary with the investment performance of the accounts chosen by the purchaser. For more information, see "The Advisor's Guide to Annuities" by John Olsen and Michael Kitces (National Underwriter Co., 3rd ed., 2012) Answer 2 . Series of payments at fixed intervals, guaranteed for a fixed number of years or the lifetime of one or more individuals . . Similar to a pension , the money is paid out of an investment contract under which the annuitant(s) deposit certain sums (in a lump sum or in installments) with an annuity guarantor (usually a government agency or an insurance firm). . The amount paid back includes principal and interest , either or both of which (depending on the local regulations ) may be tax exempt . An annuity is not an insurance policy but a tax-shelter . While the interest component (the taxable portion) of a regular annuity payment may be exempt from local or state taxes, it is never, under current law, exempt from Federal income tax. Moreover, to say that an annuity is a "tax shelter", rather than an "insurance policy" is not quite correct. First, an annuity is not a tax shelter, as that term is ordinarily used, because it does not EXEMPT any otherwise taxable income from Federal tax; it merely provides tax DEFERRAL. Moreover, many components of an annuity are, in fact, INSURANCE. An annuity contract is not LIFE INSURANCE, and does not enjoy the same tax treatment of a life insurance policy (e.g.: an income tax free death benefit), but the RISK TRANSFER characteristics of an annuity are certainly "insurance". (John Olsen)
According to www.retireright.co.uk, anyone who has some form of retirement income which is capable of being paid out in a lump sum can have an an annuity. Think of an an…nuity as swapping your pension for a consistent, usually-monthly, payment of money for your post-work life.
Ing variable annuity helps make life investments by creating a contract with you for long term investing. Your money might fluctuate with the market changes but it is meant fo…r retirement saving.
In John Hancock
There are two types of annuities at John Hancock Annuities Qualified annuity doesn't provide any additional tax advantages Non-qualified annuity avoids income tax fees unt…il distributions are made.
In most cases a variable annuity with have an insurance fee and an annual (but perhaps broken down monthly) management fee on the accounts and subaccounts that your funds are …invested into. Depending on the company you deal with the cost of these fees will vary and there may be additional fees added.