Do you have to annuitize an annuity to get **guaranteed lifetime income? No, not if the annuity has an income rider.
If you elect to place a lifetime income rider on an annuity does that selection prevent you from annuitizing in the future? No. Confused?
The advent of the living benefits rider or as most of us call them – income riders, has led to a level of confusion among those individuals considering annuities for their portfolio. In the “old days” you had to…[continued below video]
Guarantees, including optional benefits, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer, and may contain limitations, including surrender charges, which may affect policy values. During this segment, Dick and Eric are referring to Fixed Annuities unless otherwise specified.
…annuitize by giving up your account value in order to receive a lifetime income benefit. However, now you can elect to utilize a lifetime income rider and receive many of the same (or even better) benefits while maintaining account value control. Now, before you start to think I’m just playing with semantics here, this is a concept that is important for all annuity purchasers and owners to understand. Knowing the difference between the function of each type of benefit can and should impact how you choose to implement lifetime income from an annuity.
The key differences between annuitization and using an income rider for lifetime income typically focuses on one major point – asset control. When you annuitize your annuity you give up all control of the asset in exchange for a specified benefit, conversely by utilizing an income rider you maintain control of the cash accumulation account. Lifetime income from an income rider is specified at the time the contract is written and is typically based upon a combination of factors including age, joint or single payout, accumulation value, deferral period and the income benefit base balance.
Would anyone want to annuitize an annuity with an income rider option? Possibly. It is conceivable that annuitization may provide a superior benefit to an individual closer to the beginning of the income deferral phase. For example, a contract where a joint lifetime income benefit rider was added at purchase and one spouse then passed prematurely. If the remaining spouse no longer needed or wanted control of their annuity asset and by annuitizing the annuity it provided for a superior income benefit, then the argument for annuization would be important to consider.
Income riders have been heralded for their ability to provide predictable income **guarantees for retirees seeking income security. Hence, their benefits and **guarantees should not be discounted as inferior to annuitization without doing proper analysis. The best advice we can offer to anyone considering activating their withdrawal benefit rider on any annuity would be to “run the numbers” and reconsider your retirement objectives. Look at all the options and choose the income benefit that creates the highest income or meets your retirement objectives better.
Lastly, while annuitization does imply giving up account value control it does not mean you give up the ability to elect limited income **guarantees or refunds (at some cost) that can provide additional financial benefits for your beneficiaries.
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