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What is a fixed index annuity?

Monday, August 7th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

What is a fixed index annuity?A question we hear quite often is, “What is a fixed index annuity?” It’s a very valid question because fixed index annuities are unique among the various types of annuities and are a little hard to understand. So to answer the question, we’ll throw in a little history, give you the formal definition, elaborate on how to use them to build your retirement savings, and explain how they offer guaranteed income for life. Let’s get started.

Annuities have been around for a long, long time, dating at least back to the Roman Empire. Around A.D. 225, Romans used an “annua” to pay their soldiers. Annua were lifetime stipends paid once per year instead of paying soldiers a lump-sum at the time of their retirement. “Annua” is a Latin word which means “annual payments.”

The fixed index annuity, however, is a much more recent invention. Read More

Compare the Best Annuity Companies

Friday, July 7th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

Compare the Best Annuity CompaniesWhen considering buying an annuity, one thing you’ll certainly want to keep in mind is that an annuity product guarantee is only as good as the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Therefore, you will want to compare the best annuity companies and take great care when choosing an annuity provider.

At Annuity Watch USA, we fully understand your need to research annuity providers, so we’ve put together some great tools to help you compare annuity companies and make the best choice possible for your annuity purchase. Read More

Our 7 Point Retirement Planning Checklist Has You Covered

Friday, June 16th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities, Videos

Do you have a retirement planning checklist that is up-to-date? Unfortunately, most people don’t, and what’s worse, they don’t even have a retirement plan in the first place. Here is our 7-point retirement planning checklist: Read More

Annuity Payout Rates

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities

Annuity Payout Rates Explained by Annuity Watch USAIn our last article, we talked about growth guarantees that help maximize the income value of Fixed Index Annuities. With income in mind, let’s shift our focus to annuity payout rates.

One of the most important things to look for when considering the purchase of a fixed index annuity is the annuity payout rate. Why? The payout rate is the #1 key to maximizing your retirement income potential. So, you’ll want to get a solid grasp on the concept of payout rates, but if you have any questions that are not answered in this article, please contact us for more info and we’ll be glad to help. Read More

Annuity Growth Rate Guarantees

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

Annuity Growth Rate GuaranteesSo far in our series on retirement annuities, we have discussed many aspects of annuities, especially the fixed index annuity. We have covered the four types of annuities, fixed index annuity basics, principal protection, and multiple annuity crediting methods including point to point, monthly sum, and monthly average. Next, in our series, we will discuss annuity growth rate guarantees.

Over the past several years we have seen the stock market go pretty much all over the map…everywhere from 50% downturns to record highs…and everywhere in between. And who knows where it’s going to go next?! Read More

Retirement Annuity Crediting Methods – Monthly Sum

Monday, April 17th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

Retirement Annuity Crediting Method - Monthly SumIn our series on retirement annuities, we have previously covered the four types of annuities, fixed index annuity basics, principal protection, and one of the types of annuity crediting methods – the point to point annuity crediting method. In this article, we will discuss another crediting method called monthly point to point, which is also known as monthly sum crediting. Read More

Annuity Principal Protection Explained

Monday, March 27th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

If you are like most investors, your retirement portfolio suffered big losses during the market crashes of 2000 and 2008, and you are looking for a solution that will help you avoid ever losing money like that again.

Stock market volatility drove investors to seek safety in principal protected investments. One of the most popular principal protected investments is the fixed index annuity. Read More

Fixed Index Annuity Basics

Monday, March 13th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities

Fixed Index AnnuitiesIn a recent blog, we explained the four different types of annuities where one of those four was the fixed index annuity. Now we’ll take a closer look at the features of Fixed Index Annuities to illustrate why we believe the fixed index is the better choice over the other types of annuities.

When looking at the different kinds of investment vehicles and plans that are available, we can put them into two basic groups: those that risk your principal, and “safe money” options that protect it.

The traditional investments most of us know about fall into the group that put our principal at risk: stocks, mutual funds, real estate, commodities, and so on.

On the other side of the equation, we have what we call “safe money” plans, where our principal is guaranteed from loss. Read More

Four Types of Annuities

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities

Four Types of AnnuitiesBefore we delve into the four types of annuities, let’s start with a simple question:  What is an Annuity?

An Annuity is simply an insurance product that guarantees income – usually during your retirement years, but can also be used to meet other long-range goals. An annuity may be purchased with either a single payment or a series of payments or contributions. Then the insurance company is obligated to make regular payment to you either immediately or at a scheduled date in the future.

There are four different types of annuities. At Annuity Watch USA, we specialize in fixed index annuities, and when you understand the basics of each type, you will see how fixed index annuities stand out above the rest. So, let’s start by taking a look at each of the four types of annuities. Read More

DOL Fiduciary Rule and Annuities – In Your Best Interest

Monday, January 16th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

DOL Fiduciary Rule and AnnuitiesIt’s Time…You have done your due diligence and you’re ready to choose a Financial Professional to help you purchase an annuity with some or all the money you have saved in your retirement account – now what? Well one thing to remember is that, beginning April 2017, a new “Best Interest Contract” (BIC) exemption takes effect. This fiduciary level of care means your Financial Advisor must act in their client’s best interests and disclose any conflict of interest (like your doctor or attorney). Firms are allowed to continue to accept commissions and shared revenue as long as they commit to this exemption. Read More