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What is a deferred annuity?

Build financial security for your retirement with a fixed deferred annuity from Woman’s Life Insurance Society

A deferred annuity is a long-term savings plan that allows your premium payments, plus the interest credited, to accumulate on a tax-deferred basis. You may pay a one-time amount (single premium), or you may make scheduled systematic or intermittent payments (flexible premium). It is important to understand that a deferred annuity is not life insurance. It is not a savings account or savings certificate. It is not intended to meet short term goals.

To fund a single premium deferred annuity, people often use money from an inheritance, life insurance proceeds, or the sale of a business or property. You may decide to use money earmarked for retirement from other sources such as maturing certificates of deposit or mutual funds.

A flexible premium deferred annuity can be used to accumulate funds through periodic premium payments (monthly, quarterly, annually).

Whether you choose a single premium or flexible premium deferred annuity, the funds you contribute and the interest credited accumulate on a tax-deferred basis. When you retire, your annuity can provide a steady income, typically received as a monthly payment, to supplement your retirement income from other sources such as Social Security, a pension, or a 401(k). Income from your deferred annuity may be taken for the rest of your life or for a selected number of years. Deferred annuities may be Traditional or Roth IRA plans or non-IRA plans.

What is an IRA?

"IRA" stands for Individual Retirement Arrangement. The two types of IRAs are "Roth" and "traditional." Federal law defines who may buy each type of IRA and provides IRAs with tax favored status with specific tax benefits depending on the type purchased. IRAs also have other special limits and considerations as determined by the IRS.

Why would a deferred annuity be right for me?

Contributing to a deferred annuity can be an effective way to save for a financially secure retirement. Income from a deferred annuity may be the primary source of retirement income or may supplement other income received from Social Security and pensions. It can mean that your retirement dreams such as travel, continuing education, hobbies, or spending time with grandchildren may be realized.

In our changing economy, there is a growing need for women in particular to save aggressively for retirement. Fewer Americans have a pension plan, and often Social Security provides only a small portion of the retirement income most of us will need. A deferred annuity can be an advantageous way to plan for a secure financial future.

Can I afford a deferred annuity?

The amount you save for your future financial independence will depend on your current income, expenses, and ultimate retirement goals. You do not need to have a large initial sum of money to purchase a deferred annuity.

Woman’s Life makes it easy to budget for an annuity by allowing you to make regular premium payments in an amount you can afford. With compound interest and tax deferral, a deferred annuity purchased at a young age can build a substantial accumulated value, even if the initial premium is small. Since the premium amount is flexible, you can choose to budget for larger premium contributions as your income increases. You may request that monthly annuity premiums be set up for automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account. If you prefer to receive regular billing statements instead, you may pay by check quarterly, semiannually, or annually.

With these easy payment options, and with the importance of saving for retirement, you may want to ask yourself "How can I afford not to have an annuity?" Woman’s Life is convinced that deferred annuities can play an important role in building financial security for women, which is why we offer a variety of attractive plans.

Common Features of Woman’s Life Deferred Annuity Plans

  • Annuity plans may be purchased as Traditional or Roth IRAs or as non-IRA plans. Non-IRA plans are generally available from ages 0–85 because these plans are appropriate for many adults and, in some limited circumstances, for children. Traditional IRAs are available for ages 18–85, but only rollover amounts are accepted for those over age 69. Roth IRAs are available for ages 18–85.
  • Contributions to a Woman’s Life deferred annuity can be made as a single lump-sum premium payment (subject to plan parameters), as regularly scheduled payments, or on an intermittent basis depending on the plan you choose.
  • Deferred annuities are designed as long-term retirement-savings plans; however, your money is accessible if you need it prior to retirement. You can take a portion of the money through a withdrawal or by surrendering the annuity. Withdrawals can be distributed on a monthly basis or as a lump sum. Surrendering will terminate the annuity.
  • Withdrawal and surrender charges are applied for the first 5, 8, or 10 years depending on the plan you choose. Withdrawal charges are based on a percentage of the withdrawal. The surrender charge is based on a percentage of the accumulated value. These percentages decrease over the surrender charge period. Withdrawal or surrender before age 59½ may result in a 10% federal tax penalty in addition to the withdrawal or surrender charge.
  • The Woman’s Life Principal Guarantee means that the money available to you in your deferred annuity will never be less than the total amount of premium paid minus any previous withdrawals. This means your principal is secure. .
  • After the first certificate year you can withdraw as much as 10% of the accumulated value each year without charge by Woman’s Life. The federal tax penalty may still apply if you make a withdrawal before age 59½.
  • Withdrawal and surrender charges are waived if you or your spouse are confined to a nursing home for more than thirty days or are diagnosed with a terminal illness with less than twelve months’ life expectancy.
  • After the first certificate year, withdrawal and surrender charges are waived if you decide to begin receiving payments under a life income option.
  • Your savings grow due to compound interest and your earnings are not taxed until Woman’s Life makes payments to you.
  • Woman’s Life guarantees a minimum interest rate as specified in your contract. The actual (current) interest rates may go up or down and the method of crediting interest varies according to the plan you select. Woman’s Life reviews all rates periodically.
  • There are no front-end loads or administrative charges to dilute your earnings.

Woman’s Life Insurance Society® Offers Four Fixed Deferred Annuity Plans

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Woman’s Life deferred annuities are not available in all states. Current interest rates are not guaranteed and could go up or down. However, the current interest rate can never go below the guaranteed minimum rate as specified in your contract. Distribution prior to age 59½ may be subject to 10% federal tax penalty. A Woman’s Life deferred annuity is not FDIC insured, nor is it insured by any agency of the United States. It is not a bank deposit; it is not guaranteed by a bank or any bank affiliate. It may lose value. Nursing home waiver is not available in NJ, NY, or PA. Terminal illness waiver is not available in NJ or NY.


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