There is no other investment or savings funding tool that can guarantee lifetime income except annuities. As an individual the average male lives 86.6 years and the average female lives 88.8 years. The surviving spouse in a marriage averages living to age 93.  87% of the time the surviving spouse is a female. Half of all Americans will live longer than those averages.  If the surviving spouse average is age 93 that’s 31 years from age 62, which is the starting age for many guaranteed lifetime annuities. So the average internal rate of return for lifetime annuities is benchmarked at age 62 for 31 years. Those returns could be somewhere around 3% net of all product expense loads. It could be 4% plus if those at age 93 live to age 100. How can annuity manufacturers guarantee lifetime income? The answer is mortality credits. The theory uses the law of large numbers and those who don’t survive the averages are credited to those who did survive the averages. Mortality credits are not correlated to the market returns like those of bonds and their credited interest or stocks and their dividends earnings. They’re based on surviving the odds. If Jeanne Calment   Read more…