Fixed Indexed Annuity
When an annuity’s capital appreciation potential is tied to the performance of an index, it is referred to as a fixed indexed annuity (FIA). Fixed indexed annuities are also commonly referred to as equity index annuities (EIA) or simply indexed annuities (IA). Generally, the annuity’s losses are limited while a portion of its gains are tied to the individual equity index’s returns. Some common indexes include the S&P, DIJA and the NASDAQ. With a fixed indexed annuity: 1) the money can go in as a single premium payment or a series of payments; 2) the money is invested at a variable rate although there is a guaranteed minimum rate of return that provides a floor, and; 3) payments begin at a future date and are at a fixed rate that is based on market performance and is supported by the guaranteed minimum rate.