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    Jose S Sanchez JrPRO
    President, The Insurance Advisor, Burr Ridge, IL
    The rate of return of annuities really depends on what type of annuity you are talking about. Fixed Annuities have a set base rate similar to a CD, they pay a guaranteed rates of interest. If you are looking for a fixed annuity make sure you shop around some companies like Fidelity & Guaranty Life and Guaranty Income Life are raising their base rates. When you are looking at Index Annuities the insurance company gives you a guaranteed minimum interest rate and also a crediting strategy like the S&P 500 or something like that. Think of it this way there are two buckets of money, the first has your money with the guaranteed interest rate, the second has your money linked to the crediting strategy of the market. If the market goes up they will credit that bucket with interest ( every company has different participation rates and caps). If the market is down then that bucket will earn no interest. When ever you want to start drawing an income, the insurance company will see which bucket has the most money and that bucket will be used for income.

    If you work with a good broker, they have software that will show you what your investment will look like with all of the companies. Please let me know if I can help in any way.
    Answered on March 26, 2015
  2. 1554 POINTS
    Marcy Tooker
    Life & Health Insurance Agent, The Tooker Agency, Riverhead NY
    Whenever you are comparing advertised rates of fixed annuities, it is very important to know the details behind the advertised rate. There are a multitude of variables between different companies. Many companies offer "bonus rates" for new investors. These bonus rates look very attractive, but are easily misunderstood. Key questions to ask are:

    Does the advertised rate include a bonus? If so, what are the details?
    How long is the advertised rate locked in once you invest?
    Is there a guaranteed minimum interest rate? If so, what is it?
    Is there a bail-out option if the earning rate drops significantly in the future? What are the terms?

    For the right person in the right situation a fixed annuity can be a very good investment. However properly comparing annuities is more involved than comparing simpler products such as CD's.
    Answered on April 16, 2015
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    Stan Cox II
    Insurance Adviser - Broker, SC Insurance Services, Oahu, Hawaii
    The rate of return that annuities pay vary depending on the type of annuity - whether it's a guaranteed or variable annuity; how much it is funded with and the company that issues the annuity. In every case the interest will be many times what any savings account or CD is paying these days! Typically from what I'm familiar with, guaranteed annuities are paying between 1.2% to 2.5%.
    Answered on September 21, 2015
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