Canadian Annuity Rates

Use of this website will increase your understanding of Canadian Annuities as they relate to guaranteed lifetime income in your retirement years. Canadian life pay annuities are available only from Canadian life insurance companies and like the variation in interest bearing term deposits at banks, annuities vary in payout value from one insurance company to the other.

To obtain an annuity one must pay a lump sum of money to a life insurance company which guarantees to pay a stream of income to that person. There are basically two types of annuities, those that pay for a person’s lifetime which are called life pay annuities and those that pay for a specific period of time which are called term certain annuities.

The majority of queries that we receive pertain to life pay annuities, apparently because this kind of annuity pays for a person’s lifetime and doesn’t it make sense as our life expectancy increases, that a person would want to arrange for some of their income stream to be guaranteed for as long as they live.

Low interest rates have dogged us for the last decade along with the occasional stock market crashes. There is no indication that financial markets are expected to get better as we move into the next decade. Annuities protect against the problem of continuing low interest rates and unexpected stock market crashes.

At Beaton Annuity Services we are fully knowledgeable about the annuity products offered by all major Canadian life insurers. If you would like to find out whether or not an annuity might become part of your retirement plan, either phone us or provide brief information about yourself in the form below and send it to us. We will respond with an e-mailed copy of current annuity market rates.

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Your Retirement Savings & Canadian Annuity Rates

Take charge of setting up your retirement now so that you don’t have to worry later about how much or where your income is coming from. If your family history is long lived then the choice of an annuity that removes any need for decisions in later life may be the right one for you. By the time you retire, hopefully you will have accumulated investment assets that will augment your retirement income. Some forms of income will be fully taxable such as Canadian government benefits like Old Age Security which starts at your age 65 and Canada Pension Plan benefits which could start as early as age 60. You may also have accumulated tax deferred income in an RRSP for which you have taken tax deductions from your past income during your working years. Some of you will be calculating the conversion of the value of your home into preferred retirement income.

If you have an RRSP, you are obligated to make an election by the end of the year in which you become age 71 whether to turn that RRSP into a registered retirement income fund [RRIF] or into a registered single or joint life annuity. You may decide to retain part of your income in the form of a RRIF so you can access lump sums for emergencies. You can then put the remainder of your income into a life annuity so that predetermined, specific amounts of guaranteed income will be paid to you for the rest of your life. This guarantees to protect your re-occuring basic needs in retirement such as home expenses and food.

While you have to decide by the end of the year in which you turn 71 years of age what you are going to do with your accumulated registered savings, you don’t have to take any actual payments into income until the beginning of the year in which you become age 72.

Life annuities, insured life annuities, indexed life annuities, cash back annuities and term certain annuities all have their place in planning a structured retirement income. Insured life annuities and cash back annuities provide less income but protect your capital. Indexed annuities provide for guaranteed increasing annual income over a person’s lifetime. The bottom line is that guaranteed income benefits and contractual guarantees of annuities will reduce any of your anxieties over the risk of outliving your retirement savings and potentially ending not having enough money to meet daily needs.

Other Savings & Canadian Annuity Rates

You may also have accumulated non-registered savings which you are holding in term deposits, low interest or non-interest chequing-savings bank accounts. If your savings are earning interest income, you will pay tax on that income. There are opportunities for you to lower your taxable income by examining the benefits of annuities in comparison with other higher taxed forms of income. You may find that an important aspect of having non-registed savings in a non-registered life annuity as part of a retirement portfolio is the potential for lowering taxable income. The current legislation pertaining to Old Age Security benefits requires that the government “claw back” some of that benefit starting at an income level of about $70,000 per person, per year. For every dollar of total taxable income that exceeds the $70,000 threshold, Old Age Security income, reduces by $0.15. If you fall into this higher income bracket, this translates into approximately a 15% additional tax which cannot ever be re-claimed.

Life Annuities & Canadian Annuity Rates

Decide to purchase a life annuity, and you will not have to worry about this source of income for the rest of your life. A life annuity provides a no maintenance, unbreakable income stream that guarantees the annuity income you have purchased will be paid to you for the rest of your life. There is no investment risk and nothing to oversee. Once a life annuity is issued in your name, you can count on the payments not changing in amount or frequency for the rest of your life. Economic conditions or investment returns may change, but the payments from your annuity are guaranteed to remain the same for the rest of your life. Throughout the rest of your life you will enjoy the financial security of a guaranteed income you cannot outlive.

Sorry, only Canadians with their own Social Insurance Number can purchase Canadian life annuities. If Canadian citizens are residing outside Canada, there are circumstances where registered retirement funds can be converted into Canadian annuities. Non-Canadian citizens cannot purchase Canadian annuities in any form.

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Can an Annuity Protect The Longevity of Your Assets?

Strange question to ask? Modern medicine and good eating habits have helped increase the average Canadian’s lifetime. Along with living longer comes the need to have sufficient savings to last for your longer lifetime. It has been my observation that older people begin a process of consolidating their assets by getting rid of things that they no longer need by either selling or simply giving them away and sometimes selling their large home in preparation to downsize to a smaller living space. In or near major Canadian cities, selling a home sometimes results in what looks like a financial windfall. If this happens to you, it likely will be hard to believe that so much money could now be sitting fallow in your bank account. It won’t be long before your bank sales representative calls you to suggest ways to invest this money because, for aggressive bank employees, it’s just too good a sales opportunity to miss. In addition to pressure from your bank to invest, it’s common for close relatives to offer to help you decide what to do with all this money. The odd relative may even suggest that a loan to them or even an outright gift would be timely. Elder financial abuse abounds across this country and even though we are concerned about it, there are still no firm guidelines to protect older Canadians.

So, what puts you in the cross hairs of the opportunist with get richer quick ideas who might want to share in part of the excess funds you have come upon?

You might have:

[a] Sold a valuable home or property in preparation to downsize for retirement.

[b] Won a lottery.

[c] Come into an inheritance.

[d] Sold your thriving business.

[e] The Stock Market has been good to you.

[f] You profited from early involvement in BitCoin.

Maybe it’s time to consider setting aside part of your new found wealth to purchase a guaranteed life pay annuity. Calculate how much locked-in regular income would cover basic needs, such as food, entertainment, maybe even rent and possibly travel. Doing this would remove the temptation for anyone, friends or relatives to take a run at your assets. Now, with your essential needs covered for the rest of your life, you can more comfortably deal with the capital that you have left. Now you might feel inclined to grant occasional gifts or loans to relatives, charitable organizations or friends. Give a telephone call to John Beaton, senior annuity specialist at 1-800-667-8818. He will be happy to hear your story and maybe give you some positive feedback.