Does An Annuity Fit Within My Financial Plan?

Securing a predictable income stream in retirement is likely a very common goal across your client base. There are numerous products and strategies available, and your clients rely on you to guide the complex analysis required to establish an optimal retirement income plan.

Annuities can offer income protection as well as several other advantages that may work well within your clients’ financial plans. Depending upon individual needs and circumstances, annuities can be used to protect clients’ initial investments (premiums), supplement recurring income streams, allow tax-deferred growth, fund long-term care, and/or achieve wealth transfer goals, among other advantages.

An annuity strategy merits consideration before either being dismissed or implemented. To help you navigate an annuity analysis with your clients, we have created this checklist. It covers key considerations, including:

  • Variable, fixed, and indexed annuities
  • Immediate and deferred income annuities
  • Purchase/funding methods
  • Riders and other features
  • Tax considerations


Updated for 8/15/2021