NU Online News Service, Dec. 21, 2004, 5:05 p.m. EST
Consumers may be trying to keep their powder dry.[@@]
A few years ago, when interest rates seemed to be in a permanent state of decline, many purchasers of fixed annuities wanted to lock in multi-year rate guarantees.
Now that rates are rising, shorter guarantee periods are in fashion, according to a new quarterly fixed annuity market report from Beacon Research Publications Inc., Evanston, Ill.