Prudential Premier Retirement Variable Annuities B Series offered by Prudential

Type of Product Variable Annuity
Product NamePrudential Premier Retirement Variable Annuities B Series
Offered byPrudential
Company Info

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Contract and Purchasing
Minimum Premium Payment1000
Maximum Premium Payment1000000
Minimum Additional Premium Payment100
Maximum Age at Start of Contract85
Ability to Select Asset AllocationYes
Total Number of Investment Options61 [Find annuities with more investment options]
Fixed Account
Features and Benefits
Free WithdrawalsYes
Free Withdrawal Limit10
Waiver of Withdrawal ChargesAvailable
Guaranteed Death BenefitAvailable
Are Telephone Transactions AllowedYes
Fees and Expenses
Minimum Total Fees and Expenses1.92 [Find annuities with lower fees and expenses]
Maximum Total Fees and Expenses2.96 [Find annuities with lower fees and expenses]
Minimum Mortality and Expense Risk Charge "M&E Fee"1.15 [Find annuities with lower mortality and expense fees]
Maximum Mortality and Expense Risk Charge "M&E Fee"1.15 [Find annuities with lower mortality and expense fees]
Administrative Fee50.00 [Find annuities with lower administrative fees]
Contract Maintenance Fee0.15 [Find annuities with lower contract maintenance fees]
Early Withdrawal Charges / Surrender Fees Request Access
Minimum Investment Management Fee0.62 [Find annuities with lower investment management fees]
Maximum Investment Management Fee1.66 [Find annuities with lower investment management fees]
Sales Compensation
Maximum Commissions7 [Find annuities with lower commissions] [Find annuities with higher commissions]
Contact Information
Company OfferingPrudential
Company TypeInsurance Company
Phone Number888-778-2888
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Reviews and Ratings
Average Review

5/5 from 3 Reviews

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Average: 5 (1 vote)

The B series has a fee structure that is lower than the other variable annuities in the same Prudential series.

The L, X and C products from Pru seem to have insurance charges that start at a higher level and then decrease after some period of time.

The insurance charges for the B series stay the same throughout the life of the contract.

M&E fees are 1.15 percent and contract fees are another 15 basis points for a total insurance charge of 1.3 percent.

Contingent deferred sales charges are also a bit lower than the other annuities in this series.

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Average: 5 (1 vote)

Why would anyone even bother consdering a variable annuity from any company outside of the few that dominate the industry?

Prudential is one of the leading companies and they appear committed to the variable annuity market for the long-haul.

Other companies (Hartford is a great example) are leaving the variable annuity industry as fast as they can.

They don't have the resources, distribution and staying-power to compete with the larger players such as Pru, Met Nationwide and Lincoln.

What do financial advisors say to their clients who are in Hartford products?  Sorry, but that great VA you purchased before the financial crisis is no longer available?  Ouch.

The VA industry is dominated by a handful of companies.  This is not going to change anytime soon.

It only makes sense to work with the companies that are committed to the market.

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Average: 5 (1 vote)

This Pru product has been great for a handful of our clients.

The cost structure for the B series is a bit more attractive than the C, L or X products.

The B series is a pretty straightforward variable annuity that can include any of the optional guaranteed livig benefits offered by Prudential.


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