Annuitant vs. Beneficiary: What’s The Difference?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Annuitant vs. beneficiary, what’s the difference? This is a question many people are asking themselves and a topic discussed in the annuity community for years. This post will discuss some of the key differences between annuitants and beneficiaries to help you determine which one you should be!

The Annuity Contract Setup

An annuity is a contract between a consumer and an insurance company. The annuity contract has 3 designated representatives of the contract:

  • The contract owner
  • The annuitant
  • The beneficiary

What is an Annuitant?

An annuity is an insurance policy for retirement. An annuitant is a person whose life expectancy is used to calculate annuity payments. The annuitant receives benefits or annuity payments from an annuity contract they have with an insurance company.

Most of the time, the annuitant is also the contract owner, but they can be different. The contract owner makes decisions about the annuity, such as who the beneficiaries are. If the annuitant is different from the contract owner, the annuitant can not make decisions about the annuity contract.

What is a Beneficiary?

The beneficiary is the person who received the annuity’s death benefit. Naming one or more beneficiaries other than the estate is important because, without a beneficiary, the money in the annuity could be subject to probate.

Annuities with Death Benefits

Shop and compare annuities with death benefits for beneficiaries.

Consider life insurance

Is it a top priority for you to leave money to your beneficiaries? If this is the case, life insurance may be a better solution. You don’t have to take a medical examination in some situations. Compare life insurance quotes online to see if it’s worth it for you. Coverage starts at $9.37 per month.

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

I’m a licensed financial professional focusing on annuities and insurance for more than a decade. My former role was training financial advisors, including for a Fortune Global 500 insurance company. I’ve been featured in Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, and Women’s Health Magazine.

The Annuity Expert is an online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. My goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning or find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates for you. 

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