Annuities Are Best Selling Income Product for 1st Q of 2012

Written on:July 2, 2012
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Good news! For the first time since in 10 years the best selling retirement products in America were income annuities. 2012 first quarter’s income annuity sales climbed almost 23% from a year ago. According to the Beacon Research Fixed Annuity Premium Study, indexed annuities advanced nearly 9%.

“Both product types did well despite lower interest rates,” said Jeremy Alexander, CEO of Beacon Research. Alexander reported that “the success of New York Life’s Deferred income annuity also helped boost overall income annuity results, and indexed annuity cap rates looked comparatively good relative to CD and annuity fixed rates.”

Total fixed annuity sales were 16.9 billion in the first quarter 2012. Fixed rates MVAs (market value adjustment) were up 1.6% from the prior quarter, while sales of the other product types declined slightly for an overall decrease of 2.2% Results were 8.8% behind last year on lower fixed rates annuity sales.

This means that if you’ve been waiting to cash out on your annuity, this is the time to do it. You’ll get better offers today than you have in the past. Of course, it is always wise to consult your financial adviser before making any major financial decisions.

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