A variable annuity combines the features of both an insurance product and an investment product. Annuities allow customers to achieve tax-deferred wealth accumulation through a variety of variable sub-account options. Due to market conditions, the return on assets in the sub-accounts will fluctuate in value, reflecting the performance of the underlying investment options chosen under the variable annuity. Therefore, they involve investment risk including possible loss of the principal amount invested.
You have the flexibility to transfer among investment choices within the variable annuity tax-free and can use investment strategies such as dollar cost averaging (systematic buying) and automatic rebalancing (keeping allocations constant).
Because an annuity is an insurance contract, proceeds may go directly to a named beneficiary, thereby bypassing the costly probate process.
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Variable annuities are long-term, tax deferred investment vehicles designed for retirement purposes and contain both an investment and insurance component and carry insurance related charges. Withdrawals made prior to age 59 ½ are subject to 10% IRS penalty and surrender charges may apply. Gains from tax-deferred investments are taxable as ordinary income upon withdrawal.
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the variable annuity contract and sub-accounts carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the variable annuity contract and sub-accounts. You can obtain contract and underlying sub-account prospectuses from your financial representative. Read the prospectuses carefully before investing.