Do you know the story of the tortoise and the hare? Hybrid annuities relate similarly to the tortoise in Aesop’s fable because often slow and steady does indeed win the race.
Just like the tortoise in Aesop’s story, hybrid annuities are steady and consistent in their pace; and while they may take an occasional break, they never go backwards. Like our friend, the hare, the equities markets at times run so fast and hard – they occasionally get out of control and crash…[continued below video]
Video: The Annuity Guys, Dick and Eric, examine if and when hybrid annuities compete with the market.
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.
…and when the (market) hare crashes, the tortoise just keeps on going and can get to the finish line first.
Will the tortoise win every time? No. Nor will the hybrid or fixed index annuity beat the equities markets most of the time. Like our friend, the tortoise, index annuities are designed for steady consistent results.
There are thousands of varieties of index annuities and strategies that can be chosen and some have more growth potential than others based upon their design . Everyone would like to have their cake and eat it too; but let’s be frank, some annuities perform better for income and others have greater growth potential – while others try to balance both growth and income (unfortunately, not excelling at either). Now, we don’t mean to shock you. But all of these annuities can beat the market – given the right conditions.
In a down market, even an annuity that only credits a zero surpasses the losses of 20 or 30 percent. Hybrid style annuities (aka fixed index annuities with an income rider) have the best opportunity to beat the popular market indexes during periods of higher volatility because they can capture a portion of the upside market gains without experiencing any of the losses. So when the market acts like a roller coaster – shooting up and down – index annuities have an advantage by periodically locking in their gains. However, based upon history, we can assume that eventually the markets will surpass the gains made by any annuity – given that you have enough time. Unfortunately, many retirees don’t have time to recover or the fortitude to accept the uncertainty of what the future may hold.
The elimination of investment risk and pension style income **guarantees are key factors for most retirees. Annuities can provide safety, security and peace of mind to retirees who know they may need their money to last twenty to thirty years or more while enjoying this stage of life. Hybrid annuities may occasionally beat the market but it is their rock-solid contractual **guarantees that more often than not make them attractive options for retirees.