How to Reallocate Funds in an Annuity: A Comprehensive Guide

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Hello there, esteemed reader! Navigating the financial world can often feel like a walk through an intricate maze. But worry not; we’re here to make that walk feel comfortable. Today, we’re addressing a crucial topic that often bewilders many: how to reallocate funds in an annuity. This guide will take you through the process and help you understand related concepts like allocating annuity contract value and unallocated contracts.

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Understanding Annuities and Allocation Choices

An annuity is a financial product designed to provide a steady income stream during retirement. It’s a contract between you and an insurance company, where you make a lump-sum payment or a series of payments and, in return, receive regular disbursements immediately or later.

When it comes to allocation, you have several choices. You can opt for a fixed annuity, indexed annuity, or variable annuity, each with its features and benefits. How you allocate funds in these annuities can significantly impact your financial future.

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How to Allocate Changes for Annuity

The allocation of your annuity depends on your financial goals, risk tolerance, and retirement timeline. Therefore, reviewing your allocation and regularly making necessary changes is essential. For example, this might involve shifting funds from one investment option to another or changing the percentage allocation in your annuity contract.

When Can You Reallocate Your Annuity

You can reallocate your annuity at any time. However, doing so is advisable after thoroughly analyzing market trends and your financial situation and consultation with a financial advisor.

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How to Allocate Your Annuity Contract Value

Your annuity contract value is the total amount in your account at any given time. This value can be allocated among various investment options based on your risk profile and financial goals. However, allocating your contract value effectively requires understanding different investment options and their potential returns.

How to Reallocate Funds in Fixed Annuity and Fixed Indexed Annuity

Reallocating funds in a fixed or indexed annuity involves shifting your money from one fixed interest option to another. Remember that while reallocation offers potential growth, it exposes you to certain risks.

While you can’t reallocate your funds in a fixed annuity (because the interest is “fixed”), you can reallocate how your funds grow each anniversary (in most cases) into different market indexes. And just a friendly reminder that FIAs are not literally in a market index, but rather the index is used as a “measuring stick” to determine how much interest you can earn.

On a Variable Annuity, How Often Can You Allocate Your Funds

With a variable annuity, you can reallocate your funds among different investment options as often as you like. However, some contracts may limit the number of free transfers per year. Always consult your annuity contract or financial advisor for specific information.

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Understanding Unallocated Annuity Contracts and Balanced Allocated Value

An unallocated contract is an annuity where the funds are not yet allocated to specific investment options. This type of contract offers flexibility and can be helpful in certain situations.

Balanced allocated value in an annuity refers to a balanced mix of investments within your annuity. This typically involves a mix of stocks and bonds designed to provide growth and income while managing risk.

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Next Steps

Understanding how to reallocate funds in an annuity is essential for managing your retirement income effectively. Whether it’s a fixed annuity, fixed indexed annuity, or variable annuity, having a handle on how and when to reallocate can help you stay ahead of the game. Remember, the ultimate goal is to ensure your annuity serves you in the best way possible, offering financial stability when you need it the most. Happy investing!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you change funds in an annuity?

Yes, you can change funds in an annuity. Annuities offer flexibility and allow you to adjust your investments based on market conditions, your goals, and the amount of risk you’re comfortable with. You can typically make fund changes to an annuity at any time, but it is essential to remember that doing so may result in tax consequences or surrender charges.

What is the 1035 transfer rule?

The 1035 exchange refers to a tax code provision that enables policyholders to move funds from one life insurance, endowment, or annuity policy to another without incurring tax liabilities.

How can I avoid paying taxes on annuities?

Suppose you withdraw money from a non-qualified annuity purchased using funds from a regular savings or brokerage account. In that case, you won’t have to pay taxes on that amount because the money used to fund the annuity has already been taxed.

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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