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Variable Annuity

Synonyms:variable annuity payout
Acronyms &
Filed Under: annuities, estate-management, financial-banking, investments
Tags: annuity, investment, retirement

Definition of variable annuity (VA)

variable annuity (VA)
1. A type of annuity where investors place funds into an insurer's "separate accounts" (also known as "subaccounts") during the accumulation phase of the annuity and receive payments from the insurer in the income phase. The insurer invests the pooled funds of multiple investors into a portfolio of stocks, bonds and other securities. While the payments received by the annuitant in the income phase vary relative to the performance of the insurer's investment portfolio, most variable annuities guarantee a certain minimum rate of return..

Related Terms and Acronyms:

  • fixed annuity   An annuity that makes fixed payments to the annuitant with guarantees for earnings and principal.
  • hybrid annuity   An annuity with both fixed and variable annuity elements.
  • indexed annuity   An annuity where investment performance is pegged to a stock index.
  • inflation-protected annuity   An annuity that guarantees a return equal to or above inflation.
  • single premium variable annuity (SPVA)
  • split-funded annuity   Two annuities purchased together, one with a deferred payout and the other with an immediate payout.
  • variable annuity guaranteed living benefits (VAGLB)
  • wraparound annuity   An annuity that allows the annuitant to control how funds in the annuity are invested.

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