Can index annuities provide stock market returns?

For several years, I have written in-depth annuity reviews because there is little information about these complex products. Many retirees are being enticed by free dinner seminars and promises of huge returns with no risk. I give an A+ to insurance companies for producing a product that they claim to be "no fee" (are you kidding me? Fees are simply hidden so you can't see them), no downside risk (yes true) and still has the potential for stock market returns (too good to be true). Let's take a look at that last piece and the topic of this blog post: can index annuities provide stock market returns?

What is the Allianz 222's extra premium bonus worth?

The Allianz 222 annuity has been one of the best selling index annuities for several years now as I wrote my first review of the product in May 2014. For two months through September 17th, they have increased the premium bonus from 22% to 30% (25% in NJ and OR) which gives the protected income value a nice espresso shot from day 1. Because this being sold by agents extra hard, I have received several calls from people looking for advice. Given that many seem confused as to how the bonus works, and no it doesn't give a boost to your account value, I though it would be a good idea to have a stand along blog post for this topic. So let's take a look at how it works, I will walk you through some of the numbers so you know what you are buying before signing on that dotted line.

An impartial review of the Allianz 222 Annuity - updated July 2018

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Through September 17, 2018, the premium bonus has increased from 22% to 30%. Read more in my latest blog post "What is the Allianz 222's extra premium bonus worth?"

The annuity business has grown in popularity as investors, especially those nearing retirement, look for options to protect themselves from stock market volatility and give them a decent income stream in retirement. With over $200 billion in annual sales, the annuity industry is big business with lots of salesmen trying to persuade you to make a purchase.

Today I will dig deep into the Allianz 222 Annuity which was launched in January of 2013 and was one of the best selling indexed annuities in the industry for the 4th quarter of 2013. Sales of indexed annuities, a fixed annuity that provides a minimum guaranteed rate of interest combined with an interest rate tied to movement of an index, increased to $39.3 billion in 2013, a 17% gain year over year. This is the biggest percentage increase of any form of annuity.

An impartial review of the Nationwide New Heights 12 Fixed Index Annuity

The annuity business has grown in popularity as investors, especially those nearing retirement, look for options to protect themselves from stock market volatility and give them a decent income stream in retirement. With over $200 billion in annual sales, the annuity industry is big business with lots of salesmen trying to persuade you to make a purchase.

Today I will dig deep into the Nationwide New Heights annuity which has been requested by several readers. It currently is one of the top 10 best selling annuities on the market. Sales of indexed annuities, a fixed annuity that provides a minimum guaranteed rate of interest combined with an interest rate tied to movement of an index, increased to $14.6 billion in the 4th quarter of 2017, a 4.9% gain year over year.

An impartial review of the Nationwide New Heights 9 Fixed Index Annuity

The annuity business has grown in popularity as investors, especially those nearing retirement, look for options to protect themselves from stock market volatility and give them a decent income stream in retirement. With over $200 billion in annual sales, the annuity industry is big business with lots of salesmen trying to persuade you to make a purchase.

Today I will dig deep into the Nationwide New Heights annuity which has been requested by several readers. It currently is one of the top 10 best selling annuities on the market. Sales of indexed annuities, a fixed annuity that provides a minimum guaranteed rate of interest combined with an interest rate tied to movement of an index, increased to $14.6 billion in the 4th quarter of 2017, a 4.9% gain year over year.

An impartial review of the Global Atlantic SecureFore 3 Fixed Annuity

The annuity business has grown in popularity as investors, especially those nearing retirement, look for options to protect themselves from stock market volatility and give them a decent income stream in retirement. With over $200 billion in annual sales, the annuity industry is big business with lots of salesmen trying to persuade you to make a purchase.

Today I will dig deep into the Global Atlantic SecureFore 3 annuity which has been requested by several readers. It currently is one of the top 10 best selling annuities on the market. This is our first review of a fixed annuity as our previous reviews were for indexed and variable annuities. Fixed annuities are more straightforward and less complex so this should be shorter than our typical review.

An impartial review of the Global Atlantic SecureFore 5 Fixed Annuity

The annuity business has grown in popularity as investors, especially those nearing retirement, look for options to protect themselves from stock market volatility and give them a decent income stream in retirement. With over $200 billion in annual sales, the annuity industry is big business with lots of salesmen trying to persuade you to make a purchase.

Today I will dig deep into the Global Atlantic SecureFore 5 annuity which has been requested by several readers. It currently is one of the top 10 best selling annuities on the market. This is our first review of a fixed annuity as our previous reviews were for indexed and variable annuities. Fixed annuities are more straightforward and less complex so this should be shorter than our typical review.

An impartial review of the New York Life Secure Term MVA Fixed Annuity II

The annuity business has grown in popularity as investors, especially those nearing retirement, look for options to protect themselves from stock market volatility and give them a decent income stream in retirement. With over $200 billion in annual sales, the annuity industry is big business with lots of salesmen trying to persuade you to make a purchase.

Today I will dig deep into the New York Life Secure Term MVA Fixed Annuity II which has been requested by several readers. It is almost the same as the Secure Term Choice Fixed Annuity II but carries a MVA provision. It currently is one of the top 10 best selling annuities on the market. Fixed annuities are more straightforward and less complex so this should be shorter than our typical review.

An impartial review of the New York Life Secure Term Choice Fixed Annuity II

The annuity business has grown in popularity as investors, especially those nearing retirement, look for options to protect themselves from stock market volatility and give them a decent income stream in retirement. With over $200 billion in annual sales, the annuity industry is big business with lots of salesmen trying to persuade you to make a purchase.

Today I will dig deep into the New York Life Secure Term Choice Fixed Annuity II which has been requested by several readers. It currently is one of the top 10 best selling annuities on the market. Fixed annuities are more straightforward and less complex so this should be shorter than our typical review.

Don't invest in things you don't understand

Today I want to give you a tip to keep you out of trouble: never invest in something that you don't understand. That includes bitcoin, MLPs, annuities, structured products and even stocks. This may seem obvious but I have seen people make this simple mistake because they are chasing the hottest thing in the moment. Early in my career, it was internet stocks. People were buying companies with no earnings and no business plan and were simply interested because the price was going up. Years later, it was subprime loans. The worst quality mortgages were sliced and diced and then packaged as supposedly A rated bonds. When things are too good to be true and you can't understand how it is possible, trust your gut and run away as fast as possible.

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