The actual process of converting a sum of money into a stream of income and the point at which annuity payments begin. For example, with Social Security the sum of money that has hypothetically been accumulating over one’s working years would be annuitized when the person chooses to begin receiving Social Security benefits.

Federal Annuity Guarantees

There is an interesting op-ed in the New York Times (click here to read) that discusses the notion of a basic, inflation adjusted

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Annuities and Other Forms of Guaranteed Income are Priorities for the Obama Administration

Much has been written over the past couple of weeks about the Obama Administration's support of annuities.

The New York Times ran a story about the "unloved annuity getting a hug from Obama."

Bloomberg featured an article in its personal finance section describing the potential, the pitfalls and the overall industry enthusiasm surrounding in-plan annuities.

The federal government has posted a...

Annuitization Continues to be a Focus of Obama Administration

The Obama Administration continues to make annuities and other potential sources a guaranteed income a policy priority. As described in a recent Bloomberg article, much of the concern seems to be related to the retirement plan damage caused by the financial crisis. While recently recovered, average 401k balances took a major hit in 2008 and early 2009. Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Treasury and Labor Departments will ask for public comment as soon as next week on ways to promote the...