NEVER INVEST IN AN ANNUITY!!!
You’ve no doubt seen this kind of headline in the financial pages or you’ve seen pop-up ads on your computer or you’ve heard some friend repeat what he’s heard from his buddy’s uncle. Are they serious?
Let’s start with the basics: An annuity is a tax-favored savings instrument. The government gives it special tax treatment because it’s designed for retirement income. An annuity can be qualified or in other words, funded with money that you have not yet paid taxes on, like an IRA or an RRSP in Canada. Or non-qualified, that is, funded with money you’ve already paid the tax on. Like money you take from your paycheck or out of your savings account. Either way, the tax on the growth in your Knights of Columbus annuity each year is deferred…you pay no current tax on it and pay only when you withdraw money.
I’ll tell you that I think an annuity is a is a great product in the right situation. Especially a Knights of Columbus annuity. In addition to tax deferred growth, here are a few more reasons why I think that way:
But let’s be fair; an annuity is not the answer every time. It’s not a short-term product. It’s not designed to be a “put and take” account where you stick some money in and then take it out a short time later. There is a reducing early withdrawal penalty over the first seven years if you take out more than the 10% free withdrawal. That feature, in all annuities, not just the KofC, is to encourage people to leave the money alone until retirement age.
So, although there are situations where an annuity is not the proper product, there are many where it is… And we haven’t even talked about triple compounding, protection from creditors and other features.
How do you know if an annuity is right for you? Meet with me and let’s look at your goals. It might be the perfect fit.
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