How To Buy An Annuity

Step by Step Guide

By Ivon T Hughes
how to buy an annuity
Figure 1. How to buy an annuity?

Step-by-Step Guide: How to buy an annuity?

We handle all the paperwork and deliver the policy to you. Buying an annuity is a very personal matter. You want a guaranteed income for yourself and family but need to make sure you are asking all the right questions. If you follow these steps, you should get the annuity policy that fulfills your needs.

Step 1. Get an annuity quote

Your first step is to give us details so quotes can be prepared. After you explain your personal and family situation, we discuss with you the type of options you should consider.

Step1: Get an annuity quote

Step 2. Find an independent annuity broker

An independent annuity broker represents more than one company. He can discuss the various annuity options. For example, an annuitant without a partner or children, could consider an annuity without any guarantee which will provide him or her with the highest possible income. Alternatively a family man with both registered and non registered assets might opt for a different solution. If his registered assets such as an RRSP along with a government and a company pension plan, will provide sufficient income, he can leave his non registered funds intact. Otherwise he could take a non registered annuity with a long guarantee to provide a possible inheritance.

Step 2: Find an independent annuit broker

Step 3. Review the annuity quote

Discuss the annuity quote with an independent annuity broker. After receiving your annuity quotes we will discuss the best type of annuity for your situation. Perhaps you have considered a single or joint life quote for different guarantee periods.

Step 3: Review the annuity quote

Step 4. Shop the annuity market

We then approach all the companies in Canada for quotes making sure each receives exactly the same information as otherwise you cannot make a fair comparison.

Step 4: Shop the annuity market

Step 5. Review your list of quotes

We then discuss the quotes with you. Normally we obtain quotes where the income starts immediately and quotes where the income is delayed a year. That way you can compare the incomes to help you make a decision.

Step 5: Review your list of quotes

Step 6. General advice

Overall we provide general advice with discussions on the general state of your affairs, what you are trying to accomplish and the future outlook.

Questions and Answers

Step 7. Completing the paperwork

At signing, we need copy of your ID(s), copy of the last Statement for registered funds; and a "void " cheque to enable the monthly payments. Otherwise a cheque payable to the chosen insurance company for non registered funds.

Step 7: Completing the paperwork

Step 8. Delivery of your annuity policy

You will receive a policy setting out all the details you have supplied and chosen for your annuity.And once the payments commence, they continue like clockwork. In selling annuities for over 40 years, I have yet to see a case where payments were not made on time or in an incorrect amount.

Step 8: Delivery of your annuity policy

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About the Author

Ivon T. Hughes

Ivon T Hughes is a leading expert on life annuities in Canada. His website has different financial products and has been a recognized authority since 1972.


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