The Differences Between Fixed and Indexed Annuities

Differences Between Fixed and Indexed Annuities

Also known as a fixed-index annuity, index annuities are essentially a hybrid of a fixed and variable annuity. The reason being is that index annuities combine the features of both of these types of annuities.

Differences Between Fixed and Indexed Annuities

The main differences between fixed and indexed annuities are as follows;

  • With a fixed annuity, interest is based on the date of contact. With index annuities, interest is determined by the performance of an index, such as the S&P 500. Just note that indexed annuities will never drop below a certain level.
  • Generally, fixed annuities have lower fees, while indexed annuities higher fees.
  • Overall, fixed annuities are predictable and simple to understand. Indexed annuities can be complicated and slightly riskier.

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