Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Florida Annuity Fraud, Mismanagement and Twisting Litigation and Arbitration Attorney:
An annuity is a contract in which an insurance company agrees to make a series of payments in return for a premium (or premiums) that you have paid. Many consumers buy annuities so that they will have a regular income after they retire. An annuity is an investment and shouldn’t be used to reach a short-term financial goal. Buying an annuity may or may not be right for you. Contact a licensed agent or broker to be sure an annuity is the right choice for your financial future. If you have questions regarding retirement planning, you should consult a reputable financial planner to make sure you are on target to meet your goals.
There are several types of annuities, all of which carry varying levels of risk and guarantees. To find the annuity that will best suit your needs, it is important to know the difference between each and the benefits offered.
- Single Premium Annuity: You pay the insurance company only once.
- Multiple Premium Annuity: You pay the insurance company multiple payments.
- Immediate Annuity: You will begin to receive income payments no later than one year after you pay the premium.
- Deferred Annuity: After the initial savings phase, you receive income payments once you choose to receive them.
- Fixed Annuity: Your money, minus any applicable charges, earns interest at rates specified in your contract.
- Variable Annuity: The insurance company invests your money, minus any applicable charges, into a separate account based upon the amount of risk you want to take. The money can be invested in stocks, bonds, or other investments.
- Equity-Indexed Annuity: A variation of a fixed annuity in which the interest rate is based on an outside index, such as a stock market index. The annuity pays a base return, but it may be higher if the index increases.
Buying an Annuity:
Many state laws require a suitability analysis before the sale or replacement of any annuity product. This analysis includes an evaluation of your financial position, income needs and the cost of liquidating any assets. This can help you determine which annuity is right for you. You can also contact your state insurance department to get a list of the information your agent or broker should provide before you make a decision.
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