Have you hesitated to explore an annuity as part of your retirement planning? If so, you could be missing out on a tool that is helpful for generating income and managing downside risk. While an annuity isn’t appropriate for everyone, it can be useful in the right situations.
Annuities are offered in a wide range of different types, all of which serve different purposes. Deferred annuities offer a chance for growth and accumulation, often with downside protection. Immediate annuities don’t provide growth or liquidity, but they usually generate a guaranteed* lifetime income stream.
Many people aren’t aware of these features because they haven’t taken the time to examine how an annuity may meet their needs. They may believe that an annuity would be a poor fit, or they may have heard myths about annuities that discourage them from doing further research.
It’s very possible that an annuity may not be right for you. However, the only way to make that determination is to analyze options and compare them with your needs and goals. Below are a few myths that often keep people from exploring annuities in their retirement planning. If these myths have kept you from analyzing annuity strategies, now may be the time to reconsider.
Annuities are overly complex.
Like many financial tools, annuities can be complicated. They have a wide range of features. Choosing from those options can be overwhelming if you’ve never analyzed an annuity before.
However, many annuities are relatively simple to understand. For example, a single premium immediate annuity simply provides you with a guaranteed* stream of lifetime income in exchange for a lump-sum premium payment. The amount of your income is based on your life expectancy and the amount of the premium.
Other annuities may be more complicated. However, an experienced financial professional can help you understand how the annuity works and how it can impact your retirement planning.
Annuities can’t be passed to loved ones.
Is your legacy for your loved ones a big priority? If so, an annuity can still play a role in your planning. Many people assume that annuities can’t be left as an asset for loved ones, but that’s usually not the case.
Deferred annuities often come with a death benefit. When you pass away, your beneficiaries file a death benefit claim and receive their share of the benefit. The amount of the benefit depends on the terms of your specific policy. One appealing feature is that the benefit usually avoids probate.
Immediate annuities generally don’t have lump-sum death benefits. However, you can set up your immediate annuity to continue income to your heirs. For instance, you can add a “period certain” onto the policy so that if you die within that time frame, the remainder of the period is paid to your beneficiaries. A period certain may reduce your payment, but it offers an opportunity for your loved ones to receive income if you should pass away early in the contract.
Annuities don’t have liquidity.
It’s true that annuities often have liquidity limitations. However, the extent of the liquidity limitations depends on the type of annuity you use. For example, many deferred annuities allow you to access up to 10 percent of your account value every year without facing a surrender penalty. After the surrender penalty ends, you may be able to access your full account value without facing a penalty.
Immediate annuities generally don’t have any liquidity. However, remember that the immediate annuity will provide income. That may allow you to avoid taking income from other sources, which could allow you to retain liquidity in other areas to fund unexpected costs.
Ready to explore whether an annuity is right for you? Let’s talk about it. Contact us at Bam Advisory Group. We can help you analyze your needs and develop a strategy. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
*Guarantees, including optional benefits, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer, and may contain limitations, including surrender charges, which may affect policy values.
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