Do Pensions Earn Interest?

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Before and After Payout: Interest on Pensions

Pensions typically do not earn interest in the traditional sense before and after the payout. Before the payout, the pension fund grows based on investments made by the pension fund managers, not through interest accumulation. After the payout begins, most pension plans do not offer interest on the distributed amounts. However, the overall value of the pension before a payout is influenced by the performance of the investments made by the fund.

Rolling into a New Annuity with a Guaranteed Lifetime Income Rider

For those looking to accumulate interest during retirement while securing a lifelong income, rolling over pension funds into an annuity with a guaranteed lifetime income rider can be a viable option. This approach allows the retirement funds to continue growing through interest accumulation while providing a stable, guaranteed income stream.

Will My Pension Earn Interest

Using an Annuity Payment Calculator

Using an annuity payment calculator is helpful to understand how much income one can expect from an annuity and how interest accumulation works in this context. The Annuity Expert offers a user-friendly calculator, accessed at The Annuity Expert’s Annuity Calculator. This tool helps estimate the regular payments from an annuity based on the initial investment amount, interest rate, and other factors.


Understanding how pensions work, particularly regarding interest accumulation, is crucial for effective retirement planning. While traditional pensions don’t typically earn interest, rolling over into an annuity with a guaranteed lifetime income rider offers a way to earn interest while securing a lifelong income. Utilize tools like The Annuity Expert’s annuity calculator for precise planning and estimations. Contact us today for a free quote.

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Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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

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