21 Jun 2012
- Written by Charles Sims Jr.
The split-annuity strategy involves purchasing two types of annuity contracts: immediate and deferred. The immediate annuity would provide a current income stream during the early years of retirement, and the deferred annuity would have the potential to provide a future income stream.
An immediate fixed annuity earns a guaranteed rate of return and immediately pays a regular income for the duration specified in the contract. Meanwhile, the funds in a deferred fixed annuity accumulate tax deferred until they are needed. Once the immediate fixed annuity has been depleted, the deferred fixed annuity can be used to generate a regular income stream. Of course, any earnings withdrawn from the deferred annuity would be taxed as ordinary income.
By combining an immediate annuity with a deferred annuity, you can receive both current retirement income and tax-deferred growth potential. Of course, the guarantees of annuity contracts are contingent on the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.
An annuity is a financial vehicle used for retirement purposes. It is a contract with an insurance company that can be funded either with a lump sum or through regular payments over time. In exchange, the insurance company will pay an income that can last for a specific period or for life, depending on the terms of the contract.
In retirement, most people rely on a combination of Social Security, retirement plans, and personal savings for income. A split-annuity strategy can help supplement these income sources. This is one way to add some stability to your financial future and may help ensure that you don't outlive your assets.
Variable annuities are sold by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the variable annuity contract and the underlying investment options, can be obtained from your financial professional. Be sure to read the prospectus carefully before deciding whether to invest.
(Charles Sims Jr. is President/ CEO of The Sims Financial Group. Contact him at 901-682-2410 or visit www.SimsFinancialGroup.com. The information in this article is not intended to be tax or legal advice, and it may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. You are encouraged to seek tax or legal advice from an independent professional advisor.)