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Overview of Annuities in the United States

Annuities are a popular tool for retirement planning, offering the opportunity for tax-deferred investing gains and guaranteed income streams. But the annuity market can be difficult to understand: There is a wide range of annuity products, each offering its own set of terms, fees, and paperwork.

That makes it tough to know which one is best aligned with your retirement income needs. To help you decide on the annuity that’s perfect for you, SmartAsset’s experts have reviewed annuities from a wide range of providers. These reviews break down annuity offerings from each provider, including information about fees, minimum initial premiums, investment options, benefit riders, maximum issue ages, withdrawal charges, taxes and more.

Annuities Company Annuities Products Types of Annuities Available Minimum Initial Premium
Athene See all Athene Annuities
  • Athene Agility 10
  • Athene Ascent Pro 10
  • Athene Performance Elite 7
  • Athene MaxRate
  • Athene Protector 5
  • Fixed indexed annuity
  • Multi-year guarantee annuity
$10,000
Allianz See all Allianz Annuities
  • Allianz 222® Annuity
  • Core Income 7® Annuity
  • Allianz Vision Variable Annuity
  • Allianz Connections Variable Annuity
  • Allianz Index Advantage® Variable Annuity
  • Fixed indexed annuity
  • Variable annuity
  • Index variable annuity
$10,000 - $20,000
Jackson See all Jackson Annuities
  • Elite Access®
  • Perspective II®
  • MarketProtector
  • Elite Choice Rewards®
  • Immediate Annuity
  • Fixed indexed annuity
  • Variable annuity
  • Immediate fixed annuity
$5,000 - $25,000
Brighthouse Financial Shield See all Brighthouse Financial Shield Annuities
  • Brighthouse Shield Level Select 6-Year Annuity
  • Brighthouse Shield Level Select 3-Year Annuity
  • Brighthouse Shield Level Select 3-Year Annuity
  • Brighthouse Shield Level 10 Annuity
  • Brighthouse Shield Level 10 Advisory Annuity
  • Deferred index-linked annuity
$25,000
New York Life See all New York Life Annuities
  • Guaranteed Lifetime Income Annuity II
  • Guaranteed Period Income Annuity II
  • Secure Term MVA Fixed Annuity II
  • Clear Income Fixed Annuity—FP Series
  • Secure Term Choice Fixed Annuity II
  • Immediate income annuity
  • Fixed deferred annuity
$5,000 - $50,000

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