The Great American Premier Bonus fixed-indexed annuity offers:
- Growth opportunity: You can allocate your money to interest strategies that may help you accumulate more assets for retirement.
- Purchase payment bonus: Boost your savings with a purchase payment bonus.
- Protection from a loss: Regardless of market conditions, you won’t lose the money you contribute to your annuity unless you take a withdrawal or surrender your contract during its early withdrawal charge period.
- Guaranteed retirement income: When you’re ready to turn the money you’ve accumulated in your annuity into retirement income, you can select from a variety of payout options, including an income stream that will last for the rest of your life. (Annuitization)
Simply put, an annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company. It is a long-term financial vehicle that’s designed to protect and grow your money, and then provide a stream of income during your retirement.
In fact, other than pensions, annuities are the only products that provide guaranteed lifetime income.
Pick Your Path To Growth
Fixed-indexed annuities offer multiple interest strategies to help you build your savings.
- Indexed strategies offer you the unique opportunity to earn interest based, in part, on market performance without the risk of market loss.
- A declared rate strategy allows you to grow your money at a fixed interest rate that is set at the beginning of each one-year term.
You have the flexibility to choose the strategies that are right for you. We know your needs may change over time, so you can revisit your strategy selections at the end of each one-year term.
How Do Indexed Strategies Work?
Funds in an indexed strategy earn interest based, in part, on the positive performance of an external index, such as the S&P 500. Interest is credited on the last day of each one-year term and is guaranteed to never be less than 0%.
The Great American Premier Bonus annuity offers point-to-point indexed strategies.
The point-to-point strategies compare the closing value of an index at the end of a one-year term to the closing value on the first day of the term. If the result is positive, interest is credited. If the result is negative, the credited interest rate is 0%. The amount of interest credited at the end of the term is limited by either a cap or a participation rate.
- A cap is the maximum interest rate that will be credited for a one-year term.
- A participation rate is the percentage of a positive index change that will be credited for a one-year term.
Benefits and Features
Any interest credited to your account value is locked in at the end of each one-year term and cannot be lost due to future market performance.
The tax treatment that allows faster growth
You don’t pay taxes on the interest your contract earns until you start receiving payments or take a withdrawal, so your money can grow at a faster rate than it would in a taxable product.
Guaranteed retirement income
With the average retirement lasting 18 years, you may worry about outliving your savings.
Great American’s Premier Bonus provides the opportunity to turn the money you’ve accumulated in your annuity into a steady stream of retirement income.
Depending on which payout option you choose, income benefit payments are made for a specific number of years or for life. (Annuitization)
Protection for your loved ones
No one likes to think about it, but part of achieving peace of mind is knowing what would happen to your money if you pass away unexpectedly.
With the Premier Bonus, any death benefit is paid directly to your beneficiaries, which allows them to receive your financial legacy without the cost and delays of probate.
Great American Life Insurance is also an inexpensive way to leave a death benefit for beneficiaries, tax-free.
During the first contract year, you may withdraw up to 10% of your purchase payments.
After the first contract year, 10% of the account value on the most recent contract anniversary may be withdrawn.
It’s important to note withdrawals in excess of this amount may be subject to early withdrawal charges and a market value adjustment.
Early withdrawal charges and market value adjustments end after seven years.