What is an annuity?
Annuities have been in existence for well over two hundred years. Annuities allow you to accumulate tax-deferred funds for retirement and then, if you desire, receive a guaranteed income (this process is called Annuitization) payable for life or for a specified period of time: generally a term of five or ten years. Annuities are very similar to CDs offered by banks. Just like banks, insurance companies offer different rates and returns on annuity investments.
Why would I want to purchase an annuity?
Annuities offer many benefits over traditional retirement savings plans. Perhaps the foremost of these benefits is a higher return. Unlike most savings plans, an annuity accrues interest tax-deferred until you choose to withdraw. Furthermore, an annuity is uniquely flexible, allowing you to customize its features based on your terms.
All annuities have three primary advantages: Tax Deferral, Avoidance of Probate, and a Guaranteed Income (optional) for a fixed period of time, or income for life. The biggest advantage of an annuity is that your money grows tax deferred until you withdraw it. The tradeoff is that if you take your money out before age 59½, you may have to pay a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty to the IRS.
Most life insurance companies sell annuities. You pay the insurance company a sum of money, either all at once or incrementally. The type of annuity you own determines whether your money earns a fixed amount or an amount that depends on the equities in which the annuity is invested. At a designated time chosen by you, known as the maturity date, the insurance company generally begins to send you regular distributions from the annuity’s account. Or, you may be able to withdraw the money over time or in one lump sum.
Why choose Richard S. Bernstein & Associates?
Today’s retirement is so different from what prior generations experienced. Our potential to live longer has increased significantly, but that means our money must also last a lifetime. Annuities are unique in their ability to provide lifetime income and may be a good way for you to plan for a long and enjoyable retirement. Our associates can assist you in creating finding innovative lifetime income options. We have been assisting people in South Florida since 1964 to secure their future.
If you would like for an annuities advisor Palm Beach to examine your individual needs, offer our expert advice, and give you a quote, please fill out the box above to contact us today.