An annuity (fixed) provides a steady stream of payments over a predetermined period of time. Unlike variable annuities, fixed annuities provide the same amount each payment. These investments can serve as supplement income for retirees who want to ensure that payments are reliable and won’t be affected by market volatility.
Understanding Fixed Annuities
Fixed annuities are offered by insurance companies and typically come in two forms: immediate and deferred. With an immediate annuity, you make a lump sum payment to the insurer and receive periodic payments from them soon afterward. If you choose a deferred annuity, the money grows on a tax-deferred basis until you start taking out distributions at retirement age or later.
Though there are many benefits to using fixed annuities, there are drawbacks as well. Because you typically cannot access your money before the end of the term, it is important to make sure that it will last through retirement. Also, since these investments are tied to an insurance company and their investment portfolio, there is risk involved in investing in them.
Before making any decisions about fixed annuities, consumers should speak with a financial advisor or tax specialist who can help assess the individual’s needs and provide guidance on whether this type of investment is appropriate for their situation. With proper research and knowledge of the risks associated with fixed annuities, they can be excellent ways to supplement retirement income while helping to minimize risks from market volatility.
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