Fixed Indexed Annuity Rates September 2021

Silac insurance company SILACDenali 14B+14 Yrs7.00%10% / 10%
Silac insurance company SILACDenali 10B+10 Yrs5.75%0% / 5%
Silac insurance company SILACDenali 7B+7 Yrs5.50%0% / 5%
Silac insurance company SILACTeton 14B+14 Yrs5.50%0% / 10%
Guggenheim life logo GuggenheimHighlanderB++7 Yrs4.75%0% / 10%
Nassau logo NassauGrowth Annuity 10 B+10 Yrs5.25%10% / 10%
Gilico logo GILICOWealthChoice7B+7 Yrs5.00%10% / 10%
Oxford life insurance company logo Oxford LifeSelect Series 10A10 Yrs4.75%0% / 10%

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What is a Fixed Index Annuity?

A fixed index annuity is a type of deferred annuity that offers upside potential when the market performs and downside protection from a potential market downturn. Rather than guarantee an annual interest rate like a fixed annuity (“CD-Type Annuity“), an indexed annuity credits interest based on the performance of an external market index (such as the S&P 500 ). NOTE: You may also hear fixed index annuities referred to as:
  • FIA
  • Equity Indexed Annuity
  • EIA
  • Hybrid Annuity
  • Indexed Annuity
Fixed Index Annuities have less risk than variable annuities because you can’t lose value due to poor market performance. However, they have more risk than a fixed annuity because they come with a guaranteed interest rate; indexed annuities only guarantee the worst you can do in any given year is earn zero percent. The below chart illustrates where a fixed index annuity falls between a fixed annuity and variable annuity as well as other investment vehicles on the investment continuum. Indexed annuities have increased in popularity largely because they offer the most growth potential of any investment that provides principal protection. Investment continuum chart showing where an index annuity fits relative to other investment types

How do Fixed Index Annuity Rates Work?

At each annual contract anniversary, the performance of the market index you’ve selected is measured. If the index performs (increases in value) you get a percentage of the growth. The amount of the index performance your FIA is credited to is determined by the crediting method you’ve selected. There are a couple of different index annuity crediting methods but Annual Point to Point is by far the most common so for time’s sake that’s the one we’ll focus on here.

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How do Index Annuities Credit Interest?

Annual Point-to-Point Index Annuity Crediting Method

Annual point to point uses the index value from only two points in time making it simple and straightforward to calculate.

Calculating index performance using the annual point-to-point method:

  • The index value from the beginning of the crediting period is subtracted from the value of the index at the end of the crediting period. 
  • The percentage of change is calculated.
  • If the value at the end of the year is higher than the beginning of the year crediting component is applied to determine your interest.

Chart illustrating how annual point to point fixed index annuity crediting method is calculated

Annual Point to Point Index Crediting Calculation:

  1. 107,000(ending value) minus 100,000(beginning value) = 7,000 positive change in index value.
    7,000 (index value change) divided by 100,000(beginning index value) = 7% index performance.
  2. A crediting component, or limiting factor, is then applied to the index performance to determine your credited interest rate for the year.

Indexed Annuity Crediting Methods

One of these three index annuity crediting methods will be used to determine your fixed index annuity rate credited in any given year.

  1. Spread – The index performance minus the spread.
  2. Cap – 100% of the index performance up to the cap.
  3. Participation Rate – The index performance multiplied by the participation rate.

Assuming a 5.00% cap, 2.00% spread and a 75% participation rate let us calculate the amount of annual interest a fixed index annuity would be credited using the 7% index performance in our example above. 

  • CAP= 5% Interest credited (100% of index performance up to the cap)
  • Spread = 5% Interest credited (index performance minus the spread
  • Participation Rate = 5.25% Interest Credited (index performance

Available Indexes in an Index Annuity

Annuity CompanyAM Best RatingStock Market Index Page
AIGAS&P 500 (Ticker: SPX)
AIGAAQR DynamiQ Allocation Index
AIGAMerrill Lynch Strategic Balanced Index (MLSB)
AIGARussell 2000 Small Cap Market Index .RUT
AIGAMSCI EAFE - Non U.S. and Canada Index EAFE
AllianzA+S&P 500 (Ticker: SPX)
AllianzA+Nasdaq 100 Index
AllianzA+Blackrock iBLD Claria Index (IBLDCLRA)
AllianzA+PIMCO Tactical Balanced Index
AllianzA+Bloomberg US Dynamic Balance Index II
American EquityA-S&P 500 Daily Risk Control 2 8% Index
American EquityA-Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)
American EquityA-S&P 500 Dividends Aristocrats Index
American EquityA-S&P 500 (Ticker: SPX)
AtheneAAiPex Performance Index
AtheneAS&P 500 Daily Risk Control 2 8% Index
AtheneANASDAQ Fast Convergence Index BOFANFCC
AtheneABNPMAD5 Index
AtheneAS&P 500 Daily Risk Control 5% Index
EquiTrustB++Barclays Focus50 Index (BXIIF50E)
Fidelity & GuarantyA-S&P 500 (Ticker: SPX)
Fidelity & GuarantyA-iShares Real Estate ETF
Fidelity & GuarantyA-Balanced Asset 10 Index
Fidelity & Guaranty A-iShares Core S&P 500 ETF
Fidelity & Guaranty A-Balanced Asset 10 Index. Ticker: CIBQB10E
Fidelity & Guaranty A-Barclays Trailblazer Sector 5 Index (ticker BXIITBZ5)
Global AtlanticAPIMCO Balanced Index PIMBAL
Global AtlanticAMSCI EAFE Non U.S. and Canada Stock Index EAFE
Global AtlanticARussell 2000 Small Cap Index .RUT
Global AtlanticABlackrock Diversa Volatility Controlled Index ^IBLDV7E
Global AtlanticAFranklin U.S. Equity Index FTUSLX
Great AmericanAS&P 500 Daily Risk Control 10% Index (Ticker : SPXT10UT)
Great American AIShares U.S. Real Estate ETF 1YR
Great AmericanAS&P 500 U.S. Retiree Spending Index
Lincoln Financial A+Fidelity AIM Dividend Index Ticker: FIDAIMDN
Lincoln Financial A+S&P 500 Daily Risk Control Index 5%
NationwideA+S&P 500 Daily Risk Control 5% Index
NationwideA+S&P 500 (Ticker: SPX)
NationwideA+AB Growth and Value Balanced Index (Ticker: ABGAVL)
North AmericanA+S&P 500 Low Volatility Daily Risk Control 5% (Ticker: SPLV5UT)
North AmericanA+S&P MARC 5% ER (Ticker: SPMARC5P)
North AmericanA+Fidelity Multifactor Yield Index 5% ER (Ticker: FIDMFYDN)
North AmericanA+S&P 500 (Ticker: SPX)
North American A+NASDAQ 100 Index
Oxford LifeA-S&P 500 Index
Oxford LifeA-2 Year Citi Flexible Allocation Index CIISFM6E
PrincipalA+S&P 500 Index SPX
Reliance StandardA+S&P 500 Index
The StandardA+S&P 500 Index SPX
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Fixed Index Annuity 1035 Exchange Guide

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows you to exchange an annuity policy that you own for a new annuity policy without paying tax on the investment gains earned on the original contract.
This can be a substantial benefit. 

This rule is governed by Section 1035 of the Internal Revenue Code which is why these are called “1035 Exchanges.” Below is a direct link to the complete text of the code.

U.S. Code > Title 26 > Subtitle A > Chapter 1 > Subchapter O > Part III > Section 1035

1035 Exchange Rules

There are a couple of important rules that must be followed in order to receive the benefits of a 1035 Exchange.

  • The tax code says that the old annuity policy must be exchanged for a new policy – you cannot receive a check and apply the proceeds to the purchase of a new insurance policy.
  • You can 1035 exchange from a life insurance policy to an annuity
  • You can 1035 exchange from an annuity to a long term care policy under the Pension Protection Act of 2006
  • You can not 1035 exchange from an annuity to a life insurance policy

Here is an example of an actual 1035 Exchange form you would need to complete to move from one annuity to another via a 1035 Exchange.

Fixed Index Annuity Taxation

The deciding factor on how your annuity will ultimately be taxed depends ultimately on the money you used to buy it. Whenever a client asks us how are annuities taxed, our first response is where did you get the money to buy it?

Since we are talking about taxes there is no way to say with certainty exactly how your annuity will be taxed. Tax laws and tax rates can and do change all the time.

However, we can make very educated guesses about certain scenarios based upon how annuities have been and are taxed currently. First, we will look at the types of funds you can use to purchase an annuity and explain the differences in how they are taxed.


Roth IRA Taxation

If you purchase an annuity with funds from a Roth individual retirement account (IRA) or Roth 401(k) it is very likely you won’t have to pay federal income tax at all on the money when you withdraw it from your annuity. That includes the principal and interest.

Firstly, an annuity purchased with qualified funds is considered a qualified annuity. Qualified funds are monies that you have never paid taxes on such as a traditional IRA or a traditional 401(k). It would be nice if the IRS would allow going from tax-deferred to tax-free but that is not the case.

When you begin to make withdraws from a qualified annuity you will pay normal federal income taxes. Meaning, 100% of your annuity is treated as ordinary income and 100% of the funds will be taxed when they are taken.


Qualified Annuity Taxation

A non-qualified annuity is an annuity purchased with after tax-dollars such as money from a taxable personal savings or checking account or a personal brokerage account.

If you own a non-qualified annuity, you will only pay income tax on the gain in your contract but not the money you used to purchase the annuity. The money used to purchase a non-qualified annuity is considered the “basis”. Insurance companies keep track of your “cost-basiswhich is the original amount used to purchase an investment.

This “cost-basis” is the amount of money on which you will not pay taxes because you’ve already taxes on it once. The interest earned will be taxed as ordinary income, with a few exceptions that we will discuss momentarily.


Lifetime Income Annuity Taxation

There are really two types of income annuity payout options: lifetime or period certain. A lifetime annuity is an annuity that guarantees payments for as long as you are alive whereas a period certain annuity guarantees payments for a specified period of time.

Remember, if you own a non-qualified annuity you only pay taxes on the interest earned not the original cost basis. So to determine what portion of your monthly payments are taxable there is a calculation that needs to be done to establish what percent of each annuity is principal (or cost-basis) and what percent is interest earned.

These calculations establish your exclusion ratio, or in plain terms, the percent of each annuity payment that is exempt from income taxes. The method of determining the exclusion ratio varies depending on whether you have a period certain annuity or a lifetime annuity. Let’s look at an example for each.

Fixed Index Annuity Buyers Guide

Available Indexes: The stock market indexes available in the index annuity. We have a list of available stock market indexes available at each insurance carrier for simplicity.

Duration: Typically the longer contract you purchase the higher your guaranteed interest rate will be. But that is not the case, especially given the current inverted yield curve.

Liquidity: Most all fixed annuities have some type of annual free withdrawals, but the amount available varies by product. You’ll see most of the fixed annuities at our marketplace provide interest-only withdrawals annually. Others allow for 10% Free Withdrawals (10% of the previous years’ account value) annually.

Insurance Company’s Financial Rating: It is very important to consider an insurance company’s financial rating because it is an indicator of its ability to fulfill financial commitments to its policyholders. Usually, a lesser-rated insurance company will offer higher fixed annuity rates, but that is not always the case. 

Pros and Cons of Indexed Annuities

Fixed Index Annuity Advantages

#1 Gain Compounded Earnings While Deferring Income Taxes

#2. Earn Higher Interest Rates

#3. Make Contributions to Your Tax-Deferred Account

#4. Protect Your Principal from Downturns in the Credit Markets

#5. Retire Early Without Penalty

#6. Satisfy Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

#7. Retire with Lifetime Income

#8. Lifetime Income More Flexible Than Annuitization 

Disadvantages of a Fixed Index Annuity

#1. Pre 591/2 10% IRS penalty.

#2. Highly Customizable / Complicated

#3. Surrender Charge applies to early withdrawals during surrender charge period.

#4. Won’t generate returns as high as an equity investment.

In our Fixed Index Annuity Pros and Cons we compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of an indexed annuity in greater detail.

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