Its Time To Speak Out: Annuities Have A Legitimate Place In IRAs
“Conventional wisdom” (or is it the regulators?) says Americans should not own annuities in their individual retirement accounts.
In particular, over the last three years, increasing regulatory pressure has made justifying the sale of variable annuities in IRAs increasingly onerous. The pressure is so great that many investment professionals have simply stopped using this strategy–to avoid increased scrutiny by their broker/dealers.
We need to keep things in perspective: whats important is for investors to have the fullest opportunity to provide for their beneficiaries. This means taking advantage of the death benefits available in most VAs today.
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Its time for the insurance community to speak out to help the regulators see the truth that is obvious to many in the industry. Stated simply, annuities do have a legitimate place in IRAs.
No investment is suitable to every investor in a specific class, period. On the other hand, no investment is unsuitable to every investor in a specific class, either. Investment professionals are paid to know the difference.
If there are abuses, deal with those who are guilty of the abuse. Creating a regulatory environment which defacto precludes an otherwise suitable investment recommendation from being made based on regulators misinformed prejudice is tying the hands of those trying to do the best job they can for their clients.
Look at the losses incurred over the last 20 months in this country in IRAs that were invested in the stock market. Those losses should help people realize that most Americans would gladly pay the increased cost of a VA, versus a mutual fund, for the sole benefit of the death benefit protection included in most of todays VAs.
Indeed, which check would you want your beneficiaries to receive–your IRA account value of March 2000 or the account value on September 2001?