Annuity Companies: Where Do They Invest?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

When you invest in an annuity, you essentially entrust your money to an insurance company. You want to be sure that your money is being put to good use and that it will grow over time. So, where do annuity companies invest? This guide will look at the different types of investments these companies make. We will also discuss the benefits of each type of investment.

Fixed Annuities

For traditional fixed annuities, the company that sells you the annuity will invest all of the money it receives from you in traditional investments, like corporate bonds, mortgage-backed securities, and similar investments.

The contract owner gets the most of the profit yield. The rest goes toward acquisition, maintenance costs, and a profit for taking risks.

Fixed Index Annuities

To provide for market-linked growth and principal protection, the insurance company uses a small percentage of the contract owner’s premium to buy a call option from a group of investment banks. As a result, the best call option price is the one that gives the contract owner the highest cap for the fee the insurance company pays.

When the market rises, the insurance company pays the contract owner 100% of the return from the expiring call option. The insurance company does not deduct fees for the option’s cost or the competitive bidding process.

When the market declines, the call option expires and is worthless. This means that the insurance company still pays for the option.

How Does The Annuity Company Profit?

The company invests most of its assets in corporate bonds and fixed securities. This protects the contract owners’ accounts against declines in equity prices. The profit from a fixed-indexed annuity comes from the investment income generated from its portfolio, minus the fee paid to the investment bank for the call option on the index.

Where Doe Annuity Income Come From?

The income from an annuity can come from three different sources.

  1. The first is the investment income that the company earns on its portfolio. This includes interest, dividends, and capital gains.
  2. The second source is the premium that the contract owner pays. This money goes into a separate account and is used to pay for expenses like acquisition costs and administration fees.
  3. The third source of income is the death benefit. If the contract owner dies, the beneficiary will receive a death benefit equal to the account value.

Bottom Line

As you can see, annuity companies invest in various ways. Each type of investment has its own set of benefits. Be sure to do your research before investing in an annuity. This will help you ensure that your money is being put to good use and that it will grow over time. Thanks for reading!

Where Do Annuity Companies Invest

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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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