Sunday, September 25, 2011

Exchanging an Annuity

Before making the decision to exchange your annuity, there are several things you must consider:

1. How safe is my annuity investment? For an annuity product, the safety of your money is backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company, not any government agency. So you need to make sure that the issuing company is in sound financial health. Annuity owners will sometimes exchange to a company with greater financial stability.

2. How does the current interest rate compare to the original contract rate? Some fixed annuity products offer competitive initial rates to attract investors. However, the interest rate might only be guaranteed for a limited period of time, say one or two years. With this in mind, your current renewal could be lower than what you might otherwise get on a new annuity.

3. Is my annuity lacking some of the newer annuity benefits? In a highly competitive business, many annuity companies work to offer new insurance features, such as interest rate guarantees, bonuses, guaranteed death benefits, long-term care riders and guaranteed income payments to attract investors. Therefore, you could fine that a new annuity may better meet your needs or provide you with the opportunity for competitive returns.

Whether or not an annuity exchange makes sense depends on your existing policy and your individual financial situation. Although the thought of switching annuities might, at first, appear to be in your best interests, you should always consider the costs that will often be involved in doing this.

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