WTF is an Annuity?

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The most powerful longterm investing tool is something you’ll rarely hear about—or worse don’t quite understand.

Certainly, you’ll never see viral content created about it.

Of course, dear reader, we’re talking about annuities.

I wish someone had introduced me to annuities when I was much younger, but alas, hindsight is 20/20.

Annuities are essentially contracts you make with an insurance company. You give them money now or over time and they promise to pay you back later in installments. Think of it as reverse life insurance - it's there for when you outlive your income, savings, or nest egg.

And this is a very, very good thing.

There are three flavors of annuities - fixed annuities, variable annuities, and equity indexed or indexed annuities. In this discussion, we'll focus primarily on the equity indexed annuity.

An equity indexed annuity offers a minimum rate of return guaranteed by the insurance company and the opportunity to participate in the growth of an index, say the S&P 500. This means that you won't lose money even in big down periods. Your investment is protected, making equity index annuities a safer bet than the stock market.

The power of compounding in an annuity is magical.

Your money grows tax-deferred, which helps your investment grow at a faster rate. So even the smallest additions to the annuity can become a significant income source later down the line.

Now, you might be wondering about fees associated with annuities. Yes, as with all investment options, there are fees involved. These are referred to as loads and expenses. However, with thorough research, you can significantly minimize these costs.

The hands-off nature of these products is worth its (fee) weight in gold.

One of the most significant advantages of annuities over stocks is their tax treatment. The income earned on an annuity is deferred for a long time. This means your earnings aren't taxed until you decide to withdraw them, and only the portion of gain from your annuity is taxed.

To summarize, annuities are easy, linked to whatever index you want to invest in, tax-advantaged, and guaranteed by some of the oldest insurance providers in the country.

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