A form of pension fund payment in which the retired participant gets a check every month. When the participant dies, the spouse continues to get a monthly check equal to one-half of the benefit for the rest of his or her life.
As a financial instrument, an annuity is one that protects against market and longevity risks by accruing interest on a tax-deferred basis. Many people, including lottery winners, pensioners, and those who have received structured settlements, use annuities to ensure a steady stream of income now, in the future, and even after their deaths.
Upon the demise of the annuity owner, annuity payments may or may not cease. A death-benefit provision in annuities allows the owner to designate a beneficiary to receive the greater of all remaining funds or a predetermined minimum.
It is possible to leave an annuity to a loved one by naming them as a beneficiary.« Back to Glossary Index