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fixed annuities

Glossary Terms


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Daily Averaging

An index annuity interest crediting method that is calculated by comparing the underlying index value on the first day of the contract year to the daily average (usually 252 trading days) of that same index at the end of the... Read more

Margin or Spread

A specified percentage used in certain calculation methods with fixed indexed annuities to determine the amount of index-linked interest that is credited to the annuity. The margin or spread percentage is deducted from the total calculated change in the index... Read more


An upper limit, used with some indexed annuity crediting methodologies, on the index-linked interest rate that is applied to the annuity. The cap is the maximum rate of interest the annuity can earn during the index term.

Participation Rate

The participation rate determines what percentage of the increase in an index will be used to calculate index-linked interest credits to a fixed indexed annuity.

Life Annuity

An annuity payment option that provides guaranteed income payments for as long as the annuitant is living.

Joint Annuitant

A person whose life, jointly with the primary annuitant, the annuity policy is based upon and also receives the benefits of the contract.

Immediate Annuity

A type of annuity that is designed to provide a guaranteed income stream, most typically for an individual or joint lifetime, with payments beginning in less than one year. They can also be structured to provide guaranteed income for a... Read more

Equity Indexed Annuity

Also referred to as a fixed indexed annuity, it is a type of fixed annuity that uses a stock market index as the basis for determining what the interest credits will be.

Guarantee Period Annual Yield

The guaranteed annual yield, including bonuses if applicable, for the initial guarantee period term, up to the first penalty free full withdrawal window.