Two reports released in late February by the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) found that the sales of both fixed and variable annuities continued to recover in the fourth quarter of 2009, though they had yet to reach the levels attained in 2008.
Fourth quarter sales of fixed index annuities totaled $7.6 billion, representing a 3.2% increase over the previous quarter, according to IRI and Beacon Research, with total fixed index annuity sales for 2009 at $30.2 billion, posting a year-to-year increase of $3.5 billion. Total fixed annuity sales were $105.1 billion in 2009, the groups say, just 2% less than the record high in 2008.
“Fixed annuity sales in 2009 were second only to the record-setting prior year,” said Jeremy Alexander, president and CEO of Beacon Research, in a statement. “Due to strong demand for secure retirement savings and income alternatives, 2009 results were achieved despite financial pressures on consumers and other challenges.”