Don’t let low-interest rates interfere with your goals for retirement savings
Do you have a significant amount of money in conservative savings accounts? Conservative savers often want to avoid volatility in the market, so they may be willing to accept low-interest rate offerings. However, with today’s low-interest rate environment, they
Saving money is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. Insuring against a catastrophe or major issue is a critical part of a healthy financial picture. However, you may want to have a little of both — protection of principal and potential for growth.
A fixed indexed annuity (FIA) is one such option. An FIA is an insurance contract with a combination of accounts available: one fixed account with a guaranteed minimum interest rate and an indexed account where interest is linked to the performance of an external index (like the S&P 500®.) The benefits of these products are that you’re protected against loss should the index have a negative return and you can potentially realize some growth when the index is having strong performance. The interest on the indexed account is capped at a maximum percentage. The maximum percentage or cap may vary based on the surrender charge period and can change annually. The interest credited to the indexed account will not exceed the maximum cap, however, you will be protected against loss should the index perform poorly. In years where the index performance is negative, no interest will be credited.
In exchange for this protection, you sacrifice some liquidity. When you purchase an FIA, you choose a surrender charge period between five and nine years. During that time, you will pay a surrender charge if you decide to withdraw your money. An FIA may work best if you have a portion of retirement savings you know you won’t need for several years but still want some potential growth.
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If you’re someone with lots of assets in conservative savings accounts, exploring options like fixed indexed annuities might help you realize some market growth while maintaining asset protection.
This article was prepared by Thrivent Financial for use by Denver representative Chad Aaberg. He has offices at 501 South Cherry Street in Denver and can also be reached at 303-730-1951.
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Surrenders or partial surrenders from an annuity are subject to income taxation and surrender charges in the first seven contract years starting at 9 percent in the first year and decreasing 1 percent each year until it becomes 0 percent in year eight. Earnings distributed prior to age 59 ½ may be subject to a 10 percent federal penalty tax.
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The S&P 500 is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“S&P DJI”) and has been licensed for use by Thrivent Financial. S&P® and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); these trademarks have been licensed for use by S&P DJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by Thrivent Financial. The Thrivent Financial Single Premium Deferred Fixed Indexed Annuity is not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by S&P DJI, S&P, or their respective affiliates or third party licensors and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of purchasing the Thrivent Financial Single Premium Deferred Fixed Indexed Annuity nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions in the S&P 500.
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