Free Up Assets with Annuity Audit
In 2013, Maria used IRA money to purchase a variable annuity averaging a 4.63% net return. The annuity has a current value of $162,043 and an income value of $186,145. She is interested in achieving a higher income payout.
The current variable annuity offers two income options:
- Income for life of $9,307.25 per year
- Take 7% of the income for 14.2 years, achieving an income of $13,030.15 per year
If Maria takes the second option, she earns a greater income, but she’s worried about outliving the payout.
Maria is a 70-year-old female. She is retired, relying on her IRA, Social Security and other investments for income.
How Annuity Audit Works
Maria’s advisor worked with Ash’s Annuity Audit team to determine if there are other solutions available for the client. The advisor provided basic policy information and the team used it to develop a comprehensive review of the existing annuity, explaining what the client owns and how it works.
In this case, because it’s a variable annuity, the audit report discussed additional options, explaining the best uses for each, and allowing the client and advisor to determine which is the best fit for current goals—including the option of holding on to the existing variable annuity.
Based on the Annuity Audit, the advisor was able to present four options:
- Keep her current variable annuity
- Move to a fixed index annuity (FIA)
- Consider a MYGA (multi-year guaranteed annuity)
- Move to a RILA
The advisor was able to explain the pros and cons to Maria, focusing on her risk tolerance. Maria decided to roll the current variable annuity to a fixed index annuity to able to provide greater income in her retirement.
The new annuity also offered two different annuity payout options:
- Income for life of $12,558.33 (almost as much as the 14.2-year option on her current annuity)
- Keep income for life at $9,307.25 while freeing up $41,949.43 of AUM
The FIA allowed her free up 25% of the annuity's value for a greater income payout or for alternate investments. She chose the second option, which offered her the same income while freeing up assets for other goals.