Symetra Advantage Income Annuity Review
Your money needs to last.
Some things never change. Like trying to make your money stretch. But now that you’re retired, instead of living paycheck to paycheck you need to make sure your money lasts through your retirement.
Which may be a challenge.
1. People are living longer
The average life expectancy is at an all-time high 77.8 years. So there’s a chance you’ll be retired longer than you expect — and that you’ll outlive your savings.
2. Growing debt
No statistics are needed here. The daily news tells the tale. Rising costs for housing and health care — added to other debt — are eroding retirement savings.
Inflation has averaged about 3.24% since 1913, making it all the harder for your money to last.
How an income annuity can help.
Maintaining your current lifestyle during retirement may cost more than you think — possibly as much as 94% of the income you earned while working.
So how can you make sure you’ll have enough?
Cover basic expenses
You can use income from the annuity for daily expenses — giving you the peace of mind that they’re covered no matter how long you live.
Add stability to your portfolio
It’s guaranteed income on terms that work best for you.
Manage your income tax
You can limit your income tax burden by spreading it out over time. Consult your attorney or tax advisor for more information.
Roll in other assets*
You can roll some or all of your retirement plan assets into your income annuity — turning those assets into steady income.
We wanted to establish a bit of extra income. There was a good recommendation about ImmediateAnnuities.com on CNN. We also liked that we could see excellent reviews about them on Google. They were very thorough from our first inquiry to when we decided to buy our annuity from Mass Mutual. They always answered our questions promptly and followed up with the insurance company, too. We have been receiving our monthly payments since last November and couldn’t be happier. What more can we say?
* Consult your attorney or tax advisor on any potential tax consequences before taking money from your other assets.
Here’s what Advantage Income offers.
At the time of purchase, you can choose to have your payments increase annually by up to 6.5%. This may help neutralize the impact of inflation.
Flexibility for Beneficiaries
You may want to provide your beneficiaries with options for how they receive any payments after your death. Some might want a lump sum, others regular income payments. You can give them that flexibility by choosing our Commutation to Beneficiary option when you purchase your annuity. (If you don’t choose this option, payments will be made in the same way they came to you.)
Access Your Money
The Advance Access Feature lets you access your funds beyond the scheduled payments in case something unexpected happens. After the first three years, you can take up to 30% of the value of your future annuity payments.5 You can request funds as often as every 36 months.
Peace of Mind
Refund features available with lifetime plans assure you that, no matter what happens, the annuity will pay out an amount at least equal to your purchase payment.
How It Works
1. You purchase this annuity in one lump sum.
2. We then make payments to you according to whichever option you choose.
3. You can schedule payments to arrive monthly, quarterly, semiannually,or annually.
Symetra Advantage Income Immediate Annuity offers extensive income options to help meet the needs of you and your family.
Period Certain Immediate Annuity. Annuity payments continue for a certain period — of at least five years — that you choose at the time of purchase. This provides guaranteed payments to cover planned costs, such as a mortgage.
We had heard about annuities and were investigating them for our IRAs. We also heard bad things about pushy brokers over the years. So when we went to the ImmediateAnnuities.com site we were skeptical about calling them. But whenever we called their staff was really friendly. They answered all our questions and one of their reps even told us that at our ages there was no advantage to buying the annuity with our IRAs. These guys are really honest!
Single Life with Period Certain Immediate Annuity. Annuity payments continue for a certain period or for your lifetime, whichever is longer. If you die before the period ends, the remaining payments are paid to your beneficiary.
Joint and Survivor Life with Period Certain Immediate Annuity. Annuity payments continue for a certain period, your lifetime, or the lifetime of your joint annuitant, whichever is longer. If you and your joint annuitant die before the period ends, the remaining benefits are paid to your beneficiary.
Single Life Immediate Annuity. Annuity payments continue for your lifetime and end upon your death. No payments are made to your beneficiary. This gives you the highest lifetime annual payout.
Joint and Survivor Life Immediate Annuity. Annuity payments continue for your lifetime or the lifetime of your joint annuitant, whichever is longer. No payments are made to your beneficiary.
Single Life or Joint and Survivor Life with Installment Refund or Cash Refund Immediate Annuity. Annuity payments continue for your lifetime or the lifetime of your joint annuitant, if applicable. We guarantee total payments paid by us will not be less than your purchase payment. If you and your joint annuitant die before the sum of your annuity payments equals your purchase payment, the difference will be paid to your beneficiary, either as installments or a lump sum.