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Can Annuities Help You?
Can Annuities Help You?
Are you beginning to think about youíre financial stability for you and youíre partnerís future? Perhaps youíre beginning to wonder just how you can support yourself during your retirement years? If so, then perhaps itís time you took at a look at annuities and see if they are the answer to youíre concerns.
So what is an annuity and who do you buy them from? Well, annuities are typically sold by the insurance companies. There are many types of annuities available and knowing which the right one for you is can be difficult. With so many different annuity plans, itís easy to feel confused and a little lost! Before committing yourself to any annuity contract, you should look to consult with youíre financial advisor, he will identify your personal circumstances and help you find the right annuity plan for you.
Ok, so what is an annuity you ask! Well, to put it simply, an annuity is basically a contract between yourself and the insurance company. You agree to pay the insurance company a lump sum of money and the insurance company invests that money and agrees to pay you interest on that sum over a number of years. To put it simply, an annuity is a loan. Of course, this is just a simple explanation and the details and terms will vary according to the type of annuity you do take out.
When choosing a type of annuity, you are also deciding on a certain level of risk which you are prepared to take. A fixed annuity is one of the safest to sign up for, but it isnít as rewarding as some of the other annuities. One of the more riskier ones available is the Ďvariableí annuity. You can earn some excellent interest with these, but there is also the possible danger of losing all the money youíve invested if the money is not invested wisely. Again, your financial advisor will help to explain the best options to you and advise you where you should look to invest youíre money.
When signing an annuity, you are signing a contract, a contract that usually isnít easy to get out of! So, be careful. Never sign an annuity without fully researching the annuity youíre signing up for and also the insurance company that youíre be dealing with. You should never feel pressured about signing an annuity contract straightaway. If they pressure you to do this, then just walk away! This is youíre long term future at stake! Take a few days, discuss it with youíre partner and also youíre financial advisor.
Annuities arenít for everybody. They can be confusing and any annuity youíre interested in, needs to be researched thoroughly! Whether an annuity is right for you depends on your personal circumstances. Many have found them beneficial and rewarding, but then again, many find themselves stuck in a contract that they are fighting to get out of. So speak with your advisor and see if an annuity is the answer for you.
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