The Financial Value of an Immediate Annuity

Published August 27, 2017
Comparing the exact financial value of an immediate annuity to a traditional investment product is like comparing apples to oranges. But it’s important to make some assumptions and run the numbers. So here it goes!
  • An immediate annuity provides guaranteed income in retirement that lasts as long as you do
  • In order to compare it to the expected return of investing in a bond, for example, you have to make a guess about how long you’ll live

If you’re wondering about the financial value of an immediate annuity, you’re definitely not alone! Our customers often want to know about the internal rate of return (IRR) or return on investment (ROI) in order to compare the returns to their market investments.

To calculate an IRR or ROI, we need to know the upfront investment and all future income amounts and dates. But an income annuity is a longevity insurance product which will provide you with income for as long as you’re alive, i.e. end date to be determined!

The best way to think about it is to calculate a range of IRRs based on your potential lifespan. The longer you live, the higher the IRR of your immediate annuity. Let’s use 65-year-old Matthew — his immediate annuity could wind up generating a 4.9% return if he lives until 90, which increases to 5.6% at age 95 and 6.1% at age 100.

Immediate annuity rates based on a $174,132 Integrity life-only policy for a male aged-65 with income starting immediately. Rates as of 10/4/2017.

While you should consider the expected IRR and the financial value of an immediate annuity as one factor when considering a purchase, don’t forget the added benefit of peace of mind that comes from knowing that the immediate annuity (unlike a bond) provides a lifetime income stream.

Remember, an immediate annuity is insurance. Its purpose is to protect your longevity via guaranteed lifetime income!

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Nimish Shukla

Nimish Shukla

Financial Planning Professional

Nimish has spoken with thousands of customers about retirement spending. As a CFA Charterholder and licensed fixed annuity producer he values the importance of building an income stream for retirement. In addition to his work at Blueprint Income he is also a regular contributor to Nerdwallet.