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An annuity is an insurance product that pays out income, and can be used as part of a retirement strategy. Annuities are a popular choice for investors who want to receive a steady income stream in retirement.

Your options:

  • Fixed
  • Indexed
  • Immediate
  • Long Term Care Annuity

How Does it Work?

Here's how an annuity works: you make an investment in the annuity, and it then makes payments to you on a future date or series of dates. The income you receive from an annuity can be doled out monthly, quarterly, annually or even in a lump sum payment.

The size of your payments are determined by a variety of factors, including the length of your payment period.

Annuities are designed to meet long-term needs for retirement income. Early withdrawals may result in loss of principal and credited interest due to surrender charges. Withdrawals are subject to ordinary income tax and, if taken prior to 59 1/2, a 10% federal tax penalty. Guarantees are backed by the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

How Will I Receive Payments?

You can opt to receive payments for the rest of your life, or for a set number of years. How much you receive depends on whether you opt for a guaranteed payout (fixed annuity) or a payout stream determined by the performance of your annuity's underlying investments (variable annuity).

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