Is An Annuity Income Rider A Good Deal?
Is an annuity income rider a good deal? Annuity income riders are available on both fixed and variable annuities. Although most people do not understand them very well, income riders are not that complicated. Although companies have different bells and whistles on them, income riders are all very similar regardless of the company offering them.
The basic concept of an income rider is that they are a product investors use to create a future income stream. Investors can determine their income down to the dollar at any future date. This makes them very predictable. An example is the best way to describe an income rider.
A person decides they would like to have a future income stream to supplement their retirement income they receive from Social Security and a pension. They decide they have $250,000 that they can dedicate to future income.
The investor puts $250,000 into an income rider. The income rider will show them exactly how much lifetime income they will be able to take in the future. They can choose to start collecting income in any year they would like. Although, once they start collecting income, the amount they receive every month will never increase. The income will payout for life but their initial investment will erode over time. When the $250,000 runs out they will still have the income payment however.
The positives of an income rider are the following…..
- Can predict future income right down to the exact dollar in any given year.
- This income has a guaranteed payment. The longer you wait to turn it on the more it will pay out for life.
- Market conditions have absolutely no effect on the deferred income increase on the rider.
- You will still have access to the lump sum investment even after you start to receive income payments.
The negatives of an income rider are…..
- Once you start to take payments your account will never increase.
- There is an annual fee for the income rider which your provider deducts from the account value (The $250,000 in the example) of the investment.
- The account value will steadily decrease for every year the income rider pays you.
Income riders can be very useful if they are used for the right purposes (Generating future guaranteed income). They can also be a terrible investment if used for the wrong reasons. Many will argue that a larger future income stream can be created using other methods but they can not do it on a 100% guaranteed basis like an income rider can.