Guaranteed Retirement Income
A Fixed Annuity can provide a very secure, tax-deferred investment. It can provide a guaranteed minimum interest rate, with no taxes due on any earnings until they are withdrawn from the account.
— from the AARP website
To be sure you don't run out of retirement money — and to preserve the rest of your portfolio — consider buying an income annuity with part of your money. You can give yourself inflation protection with this kind of annuity, and schedule your income to grow every year.
In retirement, spending often exceeds portfolio income. And as the years go by, income needs tend to grow along with inflation. You may have to spend some principal to get by. By your 80s, you could have significantly less money. The income annuity is a safety net that protects you. First, it gives you guaranteed income. And second, it protects your principal, since the annuity income reduces the amount you need to get from your remaining portfolio.
Result: you have guaranteed income, which helps to protect your portfolio, making an annuity a very valuable tool to protect your future.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine has described immediate-income annuities as "a do-it-yourself pension for a do-it-yourself world.” Learn more about how immediate-income annuities guarantee income for life.