Two Main Annuity Types: Immediate and Deferred
The difference between deferred and immediate annuities is just about what you'd think.
With an immediate annuity, your income payments start right away (technically, anytime within 12 months of purchase). You choose whether you want income guaranteed for a specific number of years or for your lifetime. The insurance company calculates the amount of each income payment based on your purchase amount and your life expectancy.
A deferred annuity has two phases: the accumulation phase, where you let your money grow for a while, and the payout phase. During accumulation, your money grows tax-deferred until you take it out, either as a lump sum or as a series of payments. You decide when to take income from your annuity and therefore, when to pay the taxes. Gaining increased control over your taxes is one of the key benefits of annuities.
payout phase begins when you decide to take income from your annuity.
For most people, this is during retirement. As your needs dictate,
you can take partial withdrawals, completely cash-out (surrender)
your annuity, or convert your deferred annuity into a stream of
income payments (annuitization). This last option is essentially
the same as buying an immediate annuity.
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