Indexed Annuity

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Indexed annuity is one of the most recent annuity investment types and is somewhat different from fixed or variable annuity. If you are considering purchasing annuity for one reason or another (usually as a retirement investment vehicle), you should definitely consider indexed annuity investments. Let’s first look at what the indexed annuity is. Indexed annuity, like fixed and variable annuities, offers you the ability to receive a number of payouts after you invested one or several payments into annuity and enjoy the tax deferment possibility. Your money will be earning interest to their full potential and tax will only be paid during the annuity payout.

The main difference is in the interest rate that your investment will earn. The indexed annuity is designed to track the performance of some market index. Market index is a collection (or a basket) of a number of market securities that have some factor in common. The examples include but are not limited to S&P and Russell indexes (like S&P 500, S&P 1000, Russell 3000 and Russell 1000). The indexed annuity tries to follow the performance of the selected index. This allows the investors who own indexed annuity investments to enjoy the market performance and market movements. There is also an easy way to track the performance of the indexed annuity – by tracking the performance of the index.

There are several characteristics that apply to indexed annuity investments. For example, most of the indexed annuities have a participation rate. This is a certain percentage that tells you how closely the indexed annuity follows the performance of the underlying index. Many deferred annuities also limit the amount of money that you can lose if the index performs poorly. There is usually a certain floor set for this. Many indexed annuity investments will even specify that you will earn some minimum interest rate not matter how bad the index performance was.

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