Tag: SPIA

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…

SPIA First-In First-Out (FIFO), What’s Going On? Old IRS Tables Clash With Current Annuity Pricing

Due to old and unmodified IRS life expectancy tables, particularly table V and VIII, many immediate annuities (mortality polled income contracts) may produce income tax advantages in the form of a “non-taxable” income source.  Of course, non-taxable income is not the same as tax free income.  How is this possible?  It’s possible because these old IRS tables still assume shorter life expectancies derived from 1970s and earlier data.  The shorter…

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…

SPIA Purchasing: Are you sure you want to wait for higher interest rates?

  Regarding SPIAs, I know the normal emphasis is on interest rates but, when SPIAs are “mortality based”, paid on the stipulation you remain alive, mortality and mortality discounts become much more important factors in the decision of when to purchase vs. the speculation of an interest rate increase from these ultra-low levels down the road. Take the following example of 100 males all age 65 who purchase a lifetime…