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Annuities for Dummies

annuities for dummies

Kerry Pechter July 20, 2023

This book is available at the following website: ( is the grandaddy of annuity websites. It was founded in 1996 by veteran insurance man Hersh Stern, now retired. On the home page, you'll find an easy-to-use income annuity calculator that tells you how much monthly income you can get from an immediate or deferred income annuity.

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You can test endless "what if" retirement planning scenarios with this tool. It will instantly answer questions like, "What if I delay income for five years?" or "What if I apply $25,000 more or less savings?" Users of "bucketing" to build retirement income should find the tool empowering.

The site is a virtual insurance agent, and you'll be prompted to call a toll-free number that rings through to an agent. But the site's generosity with information and educational material makes it more than a mere lead collector. It even includes a virtual annuity museum.

Despite its name, also deals in fixed-rate annuities, fixed indexed annuities (FIAs), and even secondary market annuities. Because isn't a securities-licensed shop, you won't see traditional or structured variable annuities (VAs) there.