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As market volatility continues, investors are flocking to annuities. This could be the biggest year yet for annuity sales. Insurance industry data firm Limra is forecasting annuity sales in the range of $267 billion to $288 billion this year, which would break the record of $265 billion set in 2008, during the financial crisis. Annuities offer investors a way to hedge market volatility, so it would make sense that sales are way up this year. The S&P 500 is down over 20% so far for the year and it's only June. Bonds haven’t been much better as the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF, which tracks the U.S. bond market is down 11.5% year to date. Investors have also been enticed by better payouts amid a rising interest rate environment. These benefits seem to outweigh costly premiums and less liquidity.
Finsum: Annuity sales have been soaring as investors look to hedge market volatility, making them an attractive option for risk-averse investors.
Annuities have been one of the hottest topics since the Secure Act 1.0, allowing them to be a part of retirement plans, and that could be ramping up. The House of Representatives has approved the Secure Act 2.0 with an overwhelming majority of 414-5. Provision 201 would allow the minimum requirements distribution age to be increased from 72 to 75. Another key part of the bill is the automatic enrollment in 401(k)s with a very high contribution percentage. Life insurers are ecstatic about the bill and many believe this will drastically increase the demand and supply of annuities.
Finsum: Most investors underate these small changes to legislation that really open the gates for investments and spur lots of interest.
The bond market has had extreme difficulties as of late, and most investors are looking to annuities for an income alternative, but what questions should they be asking themselves. The first is what is the term of the annuity? Duration and commitment play a pivotal role in how you are assessing the asset. How much is the surrender charge? Look for de-escalating surrender charges if you may get out early. How does your annuity generate interest? Many indexed annuities can be linked to the markets like the S&P 500 which can give stock exposure without as much risk. Finally, can you withdraw early, and what are the liquidity constraints? You may want to be able to have a flexible withdrawal amount in case of emergencies.
Finsum: With more investors turning to annuities, it’s critical advisors understand why they are using them as a financial vehicle.
Everyone is racing to develop and deliver a new ESG product, and annuities are just the latest on this trend. BlackRock is teaming up with RetireOne and Midland National to deliver an SG option for a Fixed Index Annuity. The index will seek to minimize its exposure to environmental risk and invest in companies with lower C02 emissions, better data privacy, and workforce diversity. ESG assets as a whole could make up 50% or more of assets under management by 2025 and this is an indication of how that trend is entering other industries. Disclosure and ESG risks are prominent considerations for many companies.
Finsum: This is a great option for investors wanting income and ESG to tackle two birds with one stone.
Most think of millennials and they compartmentalize them into 3 categories: fee minimizers, crypto /alternative investors, or meme traders. However, a recent poll shows they have a strong desire for traditional income products. Over 82% of more affluent millennials are concerned with finding income products for retirement, which is almost 30 percentage points higher than Gen X. Additionally, almost a quarter of the poll were willing to purchase an annuity in the next quarter, and half of those were millennials. Many of these affluent millennials are looking to income products because they are skeptical that social security will be there for them in retirement.
Finsum: Millennials are bucking conventions and looking early to secure income products like annuities.