Is an Investment-Only Variable Annuity Right For You?

Traditional variable annuities (VAs) have long served as a tax-smart retirement savings option. In today’s market environment, a renewed emphasis has been placed on investment-only variable annuities (IOVAs), which seek to keep costs low while harnessing the power of tax deferral.

An investment-only variable annuity (IOVA) is an annuity that seeks to provide investors with a simple way to set aside taxable assets in a tax-deferred entity focused on investment. Unlike most traditional variable annuities, there are no additional riders to guarantee a specific death benefit or income stream. It is simply a tax-deferred account similar to a 401(k) or IRA, which you can access without penalty as early as age 59½. Investments in an IOVA involve fees and charges, including but not limited to sales charges, investment management fees and administrative expenses. Investments in a variable annuity are subject to market risks, including loss of principal.


Why IOVAs? Because Americans are looking for ways to bolster their retirement savings.

Why IOVAs? Because Americans are looking for ways to bolster their retirement savings.

Who may potentially benefit from investment-only variable annuities?

Who may potentially benefit from Investment-Only Variable Annuities?

Variable annuities are long-term, tax-deferred investment vehicles designed for retirement purposes. Gains from tax-deferred investments are taxable as ordinary income upon withdrawal. Withdrawals made prior to age 59 ½ are subject to a 10% IRS penalty charge and/or surrender charges. Investments in a variable annuity are subject to market risks, including loss of principal. Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the insurer. Variable annuities are sold by prospectus only.

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Your financial professional can help you develop a long-term investment plan with a balance of strategies that addresses your need for portfolio growth, income, capital preservation and risk management.



1 Source: April 2019 Gallup poll.

2 Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute, April 2019.

3 Source: Social Security Administration.

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