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Bonds vs Fixed Annuities

A bond is an investment that is essentially an I.O.U. issued by a corporation or government agency, where the issuing entity borrows funds from an investor for a specified period of time, commonly 10 to 30 years. A return is... Read more

Mutual Funds vs Fixed Indexed Annuities

When looking into investing in the stock market, one popular choice has been mutual funds. Increasingly however, many investors are opting for a fixed indexed annuity instead. There are many good reasons for this growing popularity of indexed annuities. A... Read more

Tax Deferred Annuities

Deferred annuities are contracts issued by insurance companies for people who want to save on a tax-deferred basis, usually for an extended period of time, and then optionally convert their accumulation value into a guaranteed monthly payout once they retire.... Read more

Annuities - Why Work With an Independent Annuity Broker?

There are many different terms used to describe an insurance professional that specializes in selling annuity products. Some of the most common are: Insurance Producer, Agent, and Annuity Broker. AnnuityAdvantage acts as an independent annuity broker for dozens of top... Read more

What Is a Tax-Free 1035 Exchange?

Are you interested in upgrading your annuity to one with better features and/or a higher interest rate? In most cases, the IRS allows what is known as a 1035 exchange of non-qualified annuity contracts between insurance companies. A 1035 exchange... Read more

The Pros and Cons of Variable Annuities

In the recent past, variable annuities have received both positive and negative attention in the media. Many articles have been published that detail variable annuities’ high potential market gains, but many more have been published describing excessive variable annuity fees,... Read more

Sell Your Annuity or Structured Settlement for Cash

Annuities are great retirement savings and guaranteed income products. While there are many benefits to owning an annuity, sometimes life’s circumstances change and there may now be a compelling reason to sell your annuity or structured settlement payments for cash.... Read more

Annuity Education: What Are Retirement Annuities?

When someone uses the term, Retirement Annuity, they are usually referring to a particular type of annuity product called a Single Premium Immediate Annuity (SPIA). For that reason, and for the purposes of this article, we will be using both... Read more

Enhancing Retirement Income with Single Premium Immediate Annuities (SPIA)

An immediate annuity is one of the only products available to retirees that provide a guaranteed lifetime income. In other words, once you establish a life payout immediate annuity, the income payments last as long as you do and cannot... Read more

Fixed Annuity Considerations - The Many Benefits of Fixed Annuities

Fixed annuities, also referred to as tax-deferred fixed annuities, are available in many different product designs and configurations, but are at their core, a contract between an owner and an insurance company for an interest bearing policy that includes optional... Read more