An annuity is an agreement between you and an insurance company that requires the insurer to make payments to you, either immediately or in the future. You buy an annuity by making either a single payment or a series of payments. Annuities pay out in either one lump-sum or a deferred series of payments over time.
Retirement annuities may be worth considering for part of your assets, depending on your age, investment experience, the time you want to devote to your investments, your desire to leave an estate to your heirs and other aspects of your retirement investing. But a key drawback to annuities is that annuity rates are closely linked to interest rates, which are at historic lows. In addition, annuities have no liquidity. If interest rates and inflation move up, your annuity payments would remain fixed and you would lose purchasing power. Plus, you would have no way to rearrange your portfolio.
We generally advise investors to look at other alternatives to annuities. Many investors find they are able to generate returns that beat current annuity rates over time, if they invest conservatively in the kinds of high-quality investments that we recommend. Part of that return will come in the form of dividends from Canadian stocks, which qualify for the dividend tax credit and are consequently taxed at a lower rate than annuity or pension payments. The remainder of the return would come in the form of capital gains, which are taxed at half the rate of annuity or pension payments, and are only taxed in the year when you sell.
Above all, though, be sure to fit those stocks into a well-balanced portfolio:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
We receive many questions on the subject of planning and enjoying a successful retirement. Our answers to those questions, based on decades of investment experience, are all located in this FREE report: 12 Steps to the Retirement You Want.
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