Tag: Immediate Annuity

DOL Fiduciary Rule and SPIA Pricing Disclosure, It’s About Time!

There is a new sheriff in town! And his name is Fiduciary.  Given the new Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary rules regarding individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and qualified retirement plans along with the retention of fixed immediate annuity contracts under the PTE 84 – 24 exemption, I believe the time has finally arrived to compel a more thorough and complete fixed immediate annuity pricing disclosure.  If all you carriers out…

A Blast from The Past SPIA Protection Unintentional Consequences

Several years ago, the old Presidential Life Insurance Company, Nyack New York (Presidential), issued a SPIA with very unique variability which, I helped design.  Of course, this was prior to the Athene Life and Annuity Company (Athene) purchase in 2013.  Up until the Athene purchase, tens of millions of dollars of premium were accepted by Presidential for the “Income & Legacy”, the marketing name for the SPIA.  As fate would…

Joint & Survivor Annuity (qualified) Non-Spouse Creditor Protection

Weeks ago, I commented on Forbs post regarding establishing a “conduit trust” for a non-spousal IRA beneficiary, usually an adult child.  The attorney was recommending such a trust from a creditor protection standpoint relative to the IRA beneficiary.  In June of 2014, the Supreme Court ruled a non-spousal inheritance of an IRA isn’t protected as “retirement funds” relative to the non-spousal Beneficiary.   Therefore, inherited IRA funds may be seized in…

SPIAs a Historical Perspective

It occurred to me after writing fixed lifetime SPIAs for more than 30 years; I achieved a 100% persistency rate (except for a few deaths) and every consumer purchase along the way has been the absolute deal of a lifetime.  I mean, how many financial products have been in a bull market for more than 30 years?  Interest rates have only trended down since the mid-to late 1980s and carriers have only…

Charitable Gift Annuities vs. Commercial SPIAs

When clients express interest in charitable gift annuities (CGAs), the purchase decision usually begins with a charitable intent. In other words, they have a high interest in financially supporting a favorite charity that will issue a CGA and also by the way, reap some nice tax benefits along the way. However, in the mortality based income world, I believe there is plenty of room at the table for both CGAs…

Under Annuitized Households an Epidemic

My local paper, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, ran in depth coverage at the end of last year regarding the Hidden Hungry, in an article by Diane C. Lade about food insecurity issues and poor diets facing elderly populations in South Florida.  While many reasons were cited for this, the underlying reason was poverty. In South Florida, older age residents as a percentage of the overall population are skyrocketing.  As…

Annuity Rates, Is This The Best We Get?

Many times, I wonder if today’s annuity rates will be the best we are going to get. As of now, a 3.00% crediting rate (on average) can be had on declared fixed rate deferred annuity contracts with durations of seven years or longer, generally from carriers with an AM Best FSR of A- or better.  In the fixed immediate annuity market and unless you are able to incorporate some kind…

Elder Financial Fraud and Immediate Annuities

One of the problems regarding elder financial fraud is average families have not fully considered all the merits of the array of financial products and how they might work to protect them from elder financial fraud.  However, in today’s day and age, this is surprisingly an extremely short list indeed.   The protection really needs to start at the financial product level and not just be some new advisor practice penalty,…

It’s Splitsville: Divorce and SPIAs 2015 Update

A few readers asked me to make further comments regarding the particular deferred income annuity (DIA) marital property case involving an IRA DIA contract highlighted in the LifehealthPro article I authored last year in April 2014 when DIAs feature adjustable start dates.  Most DIA (IRAs and non-qualified) contracts feature adjustable start dates that can, upon the owner’s request,  be advanced or delayed up to five years from the issued contract’s…

In the Deep Dark World of Supplemental Annuity Contracts; Owners Rights May Not Be Protected!

So, what’s the big deal, anyway!  I don’t believe too many agents, CPAs or attorneys have seen a supplemental annuity contract.  Supplemental annuity contracts are issued by carriers when owners elect to either partially or fully annuitize their existing deferred annuity contracts or life insurance policies.  What many agents and individuals don’t realize is there is no state filing requirements for supplemental annuity contracts!  This leaves the door open for carriers…