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Old 03-02-2015, 04:03 PM   #81
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Some calculation that gives you an interest rate assuming a particular life expectancy can be instructive, it can teach you how SPIAs work. But if you are considering an SPIA you are trading risk for guaranteed income and you wouldn't expect it to compete with equities or anything with any risk for long term return. What you get is a guarantee, morality credits and the ability to get more than 4% withdrawal from your lump sum. That might be important to you in the years between ER and taking SS, but if the SPIA doesn't have a COLA you need to plan for that. Just like other products you must shop around and see what your money can buy. Basic Googling will get you an idea of the prevailing rates. This is also why you should stick to SPIAs or simple fixed deferred annuities...... you have a chance of understanding those. If you go to a big respected companies you will quickly get an idea of what your money will buy. I did all that before buying into my pension/annuity plan.

FYI Principal via the vanguard annuity quote service came up with the following for my situation. If I purchase an SPIA now at age 54 with $263k A single life annuity pays $1206 per month, witha 2% COLA that goes down to $904/ month in the first year. Compare that to my state DB plan that pays $1650/ month with a 2% COLA.

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Old 03-03-2015, 08:17 AM   #82
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ripped off means that the price of the policy is based on something much lower than prevailing interest rates and/or outdated mortality
In the deferred annuity world, a company using outdated mortality or interest rates is probably charging the lowest prices. That would be good for me.

I don't do a calculation to determine if I'm getting "ripped off" when I buy auto insurance, or homeowners insurance, or term life insurance.
I can comparison shop to get a good market price. Then I can see if the result fits my financial needs.

Yes, I understand that in the early years of a traditional SPIA I'm basically trading dollars with the insurance company for high probability events. In that case, an IRR calculation can be a good filter.

But, this thread is about "longevity insurance", so my comments are tilted toward that product. Note that I tried to separate them back in post #7.

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regarding longevity insurance, I would independently confirm the (net of loads) interest and mortality assumptions before buying, that's all

I doubt the LIC selling the product would give a buyer that data.

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