The Power of Annuities

Cultivating Financial Stability

Diversification is a good idea for your retirement, but it can be hard to know what tools to use. An annuity is one option that can be helpful, depending on your financial goals, risk tolerance, and strategy.

Let Boom Insurance Agency explain everything you need to know about annuities before you decide if it's right for you.


An annuity is a financial product that helps you save for long-term goals, provides a consistent income stream, tax benefits, and additional features like death benefits, withdrawal options, and investment growth.

Annuities are designed to cater to individuals in various stages of life but particularly to those focused on ensuring a steady income stream in retirement.

Pre-Retirees and Retirees

Individuals planning for or already in retirement seeking steady income streams.

Risk-Averse Investors

People who prioritize stable, predictable returns and are cautious about market fluctuations.

Individuals Seeking Tax-Deferred Growth

Those interested in growing savings without immediate tax implications.

Long-Term Planners

Individuals looking for options to secure a portion of their retirement income or savings over an extended period.

People with Retirement Concerns

Those worried about outliving their savings and seeking a way to ensure financial security throughout retirement.


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Annuities empower individuals to confidently plan for their retirement by providing a reliable source of income.

  • A consistent stream of income, tax benefits, and death benefits.


  • Annuities have no contribution limits, unlike IRAs and 401(k)s, making them a good option if you have maxed out your other retirement accounts.

  • Withdrawals made from certain types of annuities may be tax-free until the time they are withdrawn.

  • There are also death benefits available which can provide protection to your beneficiaries in the event of your passing.

  • Investments in this category offer a sense of assurance and protection, as the money put in is less exposed to market variations compared to other forms of investments.

Types of Annuities Being Offered

Fixed Annuities 

During the accumulation period of a fixed annuity contract, you are guaranteed to earn an annual interest rate of approximately four or five percent. After annuitization, you will receive regular payments. While fixed annuities ensure that your invested money is safe and will not be lost, they do not provide much opportunity for growth and are not easily accessible.

To summarize, the advantages of fixed annuities include protection of principal, while the disadvantages include lack of liquidity and limited growth potential.

Variable Annuities 

Variable annuities are a type of investment that allows you to allocate your premium payments to stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. The value of the annuity changes based on the performance of these underlying investments. While this can result in up-market growth, it's important to note that variable annuities don't offer principal protection. This means that you may lose money if there's a downturn. On top of this, variable annuities usually come with high management fees.

Pros: Potential for unlimited growth.

Cons: No protection for your principal and high management fees.

Fixed Indexed Annuities 

A fixed-indexed annuity is a type of investment whose growth is linked to the performance of a stock market index selected by you. Unlike riskier investment options, such as stocks and variable annuities, fixed-indexed annuities offer principal protection, meaning you cannot lose the money you invested. With a fixed-indexed annuity, your interest rate is always at least zero, even during a downturn in the market. 

Pros: Offers a balance of growth potential and principal protection. 

Cons: Some fixed-indexed annuities have limits on interest accrual, which may restrict their growth potential.

Making the right choice when it comes to selecting a retirement annuity can have a substantial effect on your financial well-being during your retirement years.

It's important to remember some crucial factors that can help you choose the right annuity for you.

Annuity Types

Various kinds of annuities can play a role in accomplishing different retirement objectives. So, examining each annuity option thoroughly is essential to ensure that it aligns with your specific goals.

Risk Tolerance

 Considering your risk tolerance before deciding on a retirement annuity is important. Assessing your comfort level with the possibility of financial loss during retirement can help you compare and choose between annuities that protect your principal and those that are influenced by market fluctuations.

Payout Options

There are different plans available that offer a variety of payout options. These options range from lifetime income to payouts for a specified period to lump sum withdrawals. It can be helpful to determine which annuity aligns best with your preferences and needs to make an informed decision.

Fees and Expenses

Comparing the fees and expenses of different annuities is crucial. This comparison can help you determine whether annuities with high costs, such as variable annuities, or those with lower payments are a better fit for your budget.

Interest Rates or Investment Performance

Knowing the interest rates of fixed annuities and studying the past or estimated returns of variable or fixed-indexed annuities can give you understand what to anticipate from your investment. Delving into these numbers can assist you in selecting an annuity that suits your requirements.

Flexibility and Liquidity

When choosing a retirement annuity, it's essential to consider how you will fund it and whether you can access your money while the contract accumulates. Assessing which annuity type provides the level of flexibility and liquidity you desire can aid in selecting the appropriate annuity for your retirement portfolio.

Surrender Period and Terms

If you're considering a retirement annuity, it's important to note that some come with a "surrender period." This means you can withdraw your funds early, but you'll have to pay a fee. It's crucial to carefully examine the surrender period and its terms before selecting an annuity, as it will impact the conditions under which you can access your funds without penalties. This information is vital to your long-term financial strategy.

Surrender Penalties

When assessing the advantages and disadvantages of annuities, surrender penalties are typically seen as a drawback. It's understandable that paying a fee to terminate your annuity contract before its maturity date may take some time. However, it's important to note that surrender penalties play a crucial role in protecting both the annuity company and your investment.

By limiting access to only a tiny percentage of the annuity's value during the accumulation phase and imposing a significant penalty for early termination, the annuity company can ensure they always have enough money to invest. This helps to keep your investment secure and prevents the annuity company from going bankrupt.

Given the critical role that surrender penalties play in safeguarding your investment, it may be worth considering them as a positive aspect of annuities rather than a negative one.

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