Fixed Index Annuities

The Power of a Fixed Index Annuity

Every retirement is different, each with its own financial plan and unique needs, but many of today’s retirement goals include achieving asset protection, growth opportunities, and a reliable income source. Fixed index annuities are a long-term retirement product that have helped many Americans plan for income in retirement and balance their retirement portfolios with benefits like principal protection, tax-deferred growth and guaranteed income that cannot be outlived. 

What is a Fixed Index Annuity?

Fixed index annuities are one of the only retirement vehicles specifically designed to provide a powerful combination of benefits that protects principal, allows for index-linked interest credit increases, provides tax-deferred growth and guarantees income over a chosen period of time.

How do Fixed Index Annuities Work? 

A fixed index annuity is a contract between you and an insurance provider, such as American Equity, which guarantees principal protection and a future income source. The contract is purchased using a lump sum or a series of payments, also known as premiums. 

An annuity is purchased from an insurance agent or financial professional who is licensed to sell annuities and can help you achieve your long-term retirement goals. 

The fixed index annuity is considered an insurance product and is not directly tied to or invested in the stock market or share ownership. This function prevents the annuity contract from losing money due to index volatility with the market going down and performing poorly. The interest credited will never be less than zero. 

What is a Lifetime Income Benefit Rider and How Does it Work?

The optional Lifetime Income Benefit Rider (LIBR) with a fixed index annuity from American Equity can help secure a guaranteed lifelong income source. The income payments are drawn from an income account value (IAV) or benefits account value (BAV), which is credited over time using different crediting strategies depending on the annuity. The IAV or BAV is used to calculate income or benefits payments, and is only available through lifetime income or death benefit payments. It is not available as a lump sum. 


American Equity Featured Indices:

BofA Destinations Index™ (Ticker: BOFADST5): Developed in collaboration with Bank of America and exclusive to American Equity, the volatility-controlled index tracks domestic equities, treasuries and the Gold Index. 
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Credit Suisse Tech Edge Index (Ticker: CSEATEDG): The excess return index combines four U.S tech and biotech ETFs and two fi xed income components. It utilizes a cutting-edge volatility control mechanism, powered by Salt Financial, to identify to changing market conditions using a combination of intraday and end-of-day data. 
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SG Global Sentiment Index (Ticker: SGIXSENT Index): This multi-asset class index assesses market sentiments to determine whether a market is in a growth, intermediate or shrinking phase. Each phase is associated with an allocation across a global and diverse asset base, including equities, bonds and commodities in domestic, European and Asian markets.
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S&P 500® Index (Ticker: SPX): Consists of 500 leading U.S. stocks and is a common benchmark of the U.S. stock market. The S&P® 500 Index is widely regarded as the best single gauge of large-cap U.S. equities. 
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S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats® Daily Risk Control 5% Excess Return Index (Ticker: SPXD5UE): Volatility control index that consists of the S&P 500 members that have consistently increased dividends every year for at least 25-consecutive years.
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American Equity's Fixed Index Annuities

American Equity offers fixed index annuity products that provide different benefits and terms. Click the brochures below to download product details.

FlexShield 10: 

FlexShield 10 is a 10-year fixed index annuity designed to help unlock more opportunity for accumulation, while ensuring principal stays protected.

EstateShield 10: 

EstateShield 10 is a 10-year fixed index annuity designed to help supplement lifelong income with a guaranteed income stream that has the potential for annual increases, plus enhanced death benefits allowing beneficiaries to choose how payments are received, leaving a legacy to loved ones.

AssetShield 5:

The AssetShield 5 is a fixed index annuity designed to protect assets and allow growth opportunities with a five-year surrender charge schedule.

AssetShield 7: 

The AssetShield 7 fixed index annuity is designed to help people reach their retirement goals with opportunities for tax-deferred growth, asset accumulation and a seven-year surrender charge schedule. 

AssetShield 10: 

The AssetShield 10 fixed index annuity can help with protection of hard-earned dollars while also allowing for growth and accumulations. It comes with a 10-year surrender charge schedule. 

IncomeShield 7:

The IncomeShield 7 fixed index annuity with lifetime income benefit rider can offer many benefits, including principal protection, tax-deferred growth and income that can’t be outlived. It comes with a seven-year surrender charge schedule.  

IncomeShield 10:

The IncomeShield 10 fixed index annuity with optional lifetime income benefit rider can help provide principal protection, tax-deferred growth and guaranteed lifetime income. It comes with a 10-year surrender charge schedule. 

Destinations (Only Available in CA and ID):

Destinations is a fixed index annuity that helps protects your money and features a fixed rate, as well as exclusive index-linked crediting strategy options.

Bonus Gold: 

The Bonus Gold fixed index annuity with optional lifetime income benefit rider offers a 10 percent premium bonus on all premium received in the first contract year. It has a 16-year surrender charge schedule. 

Retirement Gold: 

The Retirement Gold fixed index annuity with optional lifetime income benefit rider offers an 8 percent premium bonus on all premium received in the first contract year. The premium bonus vests over a 14-year period. The fixed index annuity also has a 10-year surrender charge schedule. 

 

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Annuities are products of the insurance industry and are not guaranteed by any bank or insured by the FDIC. 
The BofA Destinations Index™ (the “Index”) has been created and is owned by BofA Securities, Inc. and its Affiliates (collectively, “BofAS”); the Index has been licensed to American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company (“American Equity”).  Neither American Equity nor any fixed index annuity (the “Product”) is sponsored, operated, endorsed, sold or promoted by BofAS. BofAS has not passed on the legality or suitability or appropriateness of, or the accuracy or adequacy of descriptions and disclosures relating to, the Product, nor makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Product or any member of the public regarding the Product or the advisability of purchasing the Product, particularly the ability of the Index to track performance of any market or strategy.  It is the recommendation of BofAS that individuals consult with a financial professional prior to taking an exposure to the Product and/or the Index.  BofAS’ only relationship to American Equity is the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names and the Index or components thereof. 
The Index has been designed, determined, composed, calculated, maintained and sponsored by BofAS without regard to the Licensee or the Product or its holders. BofAS has no obligation to take the needs of the Licensee or the holders of the Product into consideration in designing, determining, composing, calculating, maintaining or sponsoring the Index or any decision to cease doing so. 
BofAS is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices of, or quantities of the Product to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Product is to be priced, sold, purchased, or redeemed. BofAS has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing, or trading of the Product. Obligations to make payments under any Product are solely the obligation of American Equity pursuant to the terms of the contract between American Equity and a purchaser and are not the responsibility of BofAS. The selection of a BofAS index as a crediting option under the Product does not obligate American Equity or BofAS to invest annuity payments in the components of the Index or in other products linked to the Index.
BOFAS DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND BOFAS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, UNAVAILABILITY, OR INTERRUPTIONS THEREIN.  BOFAS MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY LICENSEE, HOLDERS OF THE PRODUCT OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN.  BOFAS MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, WITH RESPECT TO THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL BOFAS HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR LOST PROFITS, EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
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The rules of the Index may be amended by Credit Suisse International (the “Index Creator”). An amendment to the rules may result from, without limitation, a change to the construction or calculation rules for the Index or from the Index Creator determining that a change to the rules is required or desirable in order to update them or to address an error, omission or ambiguity. No assurance can be given that any such amendment would not affect parties to this document. 
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While volatility controls may result in less fluctuation in rates of return as compared to indices without volatility controls, they may also reduce the overall rate of return as compared to products not subject to volatility controls. 
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The SG Global Sentiment Index (the “Index”) is the exclusive property of SG Americas Securities, LLC (SG Americas Securities, LLC, together with its affiliates, “Société Générale”).  Société Générale has contracted with S&P Opco, LLC (a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“S&P”) to maintain and calculate the Index.  “SG Americas Securities, LLC”, “SGAS”, “Société Générale”, “SG”, “Société Générale Indices”, “SGI”, and “SG Global Sentiment Index” (collectively, the “Société Générale Marks”) are trademarks or service marks of Société Générale. Société Générale has licensed use of the Société Générale Marks to American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company (“American Equity”) for use in a fixed indexed annuity offered by American Equity (the “Fixed Indexed Annuity”). Société Générale’s sole contractual relationship with American Equity is to license the Index and the Société Générale Marks to American Equity.  None of Société Générale, S&P, or other third party licensor (collectively, the “Index Parties”) to Société Générale is acting, or has been authorized to act, as an agent of American Equity or has in any way sponsored, promoted, solicited, negotiated, endorsed, offered, sold, issued, supported, structured or priced any Fixed Indexed Annuity or provided investment advice to American Equity.
No Index Party has passed on the legality or suitability of, or the accuracy or adequacy of the descriptions and disclosures relating to, the Fixed Indexed Annuity, including those disclosures with respect to the Index.  The Index Parties make no representation whatsoever, whether express or implied, as to the advisability of purchasing, selling or holding any product linked to the Index, including the Fixed Indexed Annuity, or the ability of the Index to meet its stated objectives, including meeting its target volatility.  The Index Parties have no obligation to, and will not, take the needs of American Equity or any annuitant into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Index. The selection of the Index as a crediting option under a Fixed Indexed Annuity does not obligate American Equity or Société Générale to invest annuity payments in the components of the Index.
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No Index Party is a fiduciary or agent of any purchaser, seller or holder of a Fixed Indexed Annuity. None of Société Générale, S&P, or any third party licensor shall have any liability with respect to the Fixed Indexed Annuity in which an interest crediting option is based is on the Index, nor for any loss relating to the Fixed Indexed Annuity, whether arising directly or indirectly from the use of the Index, its methodology, any Société Générale Mark or otherwise. Obligations to make payments under the Fixed Indexed Annuities are solely the obligation of American Equity.  
In calculating the performance of the Index, Société Générale deducts a maintenance fee of 0.50% per annum on the level of the Index, and fixed transaction and replication costs, each calculated and deducted on a daily basis. The transaction and replication costs cover, among other things, rebalancing and replication costs.  The total amount of transaction and replication costs is not predictable and will depend on a number of factors, including the leverage of the Index, which may be as high as 200%, the performance of the indexes underlying the Index, market conditions and the changes in the market states, among other factors. The transaction and replication costs, which are increased by the Index’s leverage, and the maintenance fee will reduce the potential positive change in the Index and increase the potential negative change in the Index. While the volatility control applied by the Index may result in less fluctuation in rates of return as compared to indices without volatility controls, it may also reduce the overall rate of return as compared to products not subject to volatility controls.
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