How the American Equity IncomeShield Works
Retirement Income Generation Options and Features
Retirement goals may differ, but most retirement needs are similar—protecting years of hard earned money and securing an income source for day-to-day expenses.
The American Equity IncomeShield offers premium bonus options and multiple allocation choices for growth opportunities, while also providing guaranteed principal protection and flexible lifetime income payouts. To best appreciate the benefits of an annuity, we believe it helps to understand how an annuity can work for you.
The first year premium paid on certain American Equity IncomeShield products receives a bonus percentage credited to the contract value and income account value that vests over time. This affords contract owners the ability to jump start their retirement revenue pool.
Contract owners can allocate money using multiple interest crediting strategies:
- Fixed interest strategy – set at issue and guaranteed for set period of time.
- Fixed index strategy – premiums can be directed to an indexed strategy for additional interest growth opportunities linked to index performance.
(Since money is not directly invested in stocks or bonds, there is no risk of loss due to index volatility)
The IncomeShield offers a variety of indices:
- S&P 500® : Consists of 500 leading U.S. stocks and is a common benchmark of the stock market (Ticker: SPX). The S&P® 500 Index is widely regarded as the best single gauge of large-cap U.S. equities.
- S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats® Daily Risk Control 5% Excess Return Index: Volatility control index that consists of the S&P 500 members that have consistently increased dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years (Ticker: SPXD5UE). This index crediting strategy is designed to provide added stability by limiting risk exposure and measuring the market performance on a daily basis using the most consistent, dividend-producing companies on the S&P 500 Index. Additionally, the Excess Return is the total return of the risk control index minus a risk-free rate, such as a three-month Treasury Bill.
- BofA Destinations Index™ : Designed in collaboration with Bank of America, this exclusive-to-American Equity volatility control index aims to deliver stability and growth in changing market conditions.
- SG Global Sentiment Index: A global excess return index that uses six cross-asset capital market indicators to assess market sentiment and determine whether the market is in a growth, intermediate or shrinking phase. Once the market phase is determined, the index allocates assets across a predetermined global and diverse asset base including ETFs and domestic, European and Asian indices.
- Credit Suisse Tech Edge Index: The excess return index combines four U.S. tech- and biotech-focused ETFs and two fixed income components. It utilizes a cutting-edge target volatility control mechanism, powered by Salt Financial, to identify changing market conditions by using a combination of intraday and end-of-day data.
Calculation Method Options
The IncomeShield offers multiple methods for calculating how interest rates can be credited to the contract based upon the performance of the index:
- Cap Rate – the maximum rate to be used in determining any interest credits
- Participation Rate – percentage that determines how much of any gain in the index will be credited to the contract
Our product design provides the ability to lock in any interest credited to the contract without risk of losing money when an index decreases.
Retirement Income Access
Throughout the duration of the annuity contract, there are multiple ways to access funds.
- Free Withdrawals: After the first contract year, the opportunity to take withdrawals up to 10% of the Contract Value without penalties.
- Withdrawal and Surrender: For withdrawals in excess of the free 10% amount, or a full surrender, the contract value is subject to a charge based on the withdrawal and surrender charge percentages. Once the withdrawal and surrender charge period expires, no charges are applied.
- Contract Maturity: Distribution from the annuity is set to begin at a maturity date established by the owner or specified in the contract.
- Enhanced Benefit Rider: This no-fee rider is automatically included for owners age 75 and under, and allows for a one-time free withdrawal of up to 100% of the contract value if certain health situations occur (not available in CA).
- Income Rider Options: For additional lifetime income flexibility, owners can elect to add an income rider to the IncomeShield. If a rider is not selected on the IncomeShield 7 a no-fee rider will be provided.
Death benefit proceeds are paid to the named beneficiary(ies) with no surrender charge, plus 100% bonus vesting. Proceeds are generally paid in a lump sum; however, other income options are available.
Lifetime Income Benefit Rider
Multiple Lifetime Income Benefit Riders (LIBR) are available with the IncomeShield series. The LIBR helps secure a lifelong income source for owners 40+ at issue. The income payment amount to be received is measured by an income account value that is credited over time.
There are a variety of rider options available with different income generation and distribution features that vary by product. These options include different interest crediting methods, accumulation periods and potential fees. Wellbeing Benefit riders are also available, allowing for increases in income payments for qualified care-related conditions detailed in the contract. There is a two-year waiting period before the benefit can be activated.
Additional details can be found in the IncomeShield 7 and IncomeShield 10 product brochures. For California, view IncomeShield 7-CA and IncomeShield 9-CA product brochures.
Income payments from the LIBR can begin within 30 days depending on the rider option chosen. Minimum payout election age is 50. At time of election, the contract owners can choose either single or joint life payouts for a spouse. Payout factors are determined by age at the time of election.
||Income Available After
| LIBR Option 1
|| 15 Years
|| 30 Days
| LIBR Option 2
|| 7 Years
|| 1 Contract Year
| LIBR Option 3
|| 15 Years
|| 1 Contract Year
|Rider Options with Wellbeing Benefit
(Rider options with Wellbeing Benefit not available in CA)
||Income Available After
| LIBR Option 4 with Wellbeing Benefit
|| 7 Years
|| 1 Contract Year
| LIBR Option 5 with Wellbeing Benefit
|| 15 Years
|| 1 Contract Year
Annuity Contracts and riders issued under form series ICC17 BASE-IDX, ICC17 IDX-10-7, ICC17 BASE-IDX-B, ICC17 IDX-11-10, CA17 BASE-IDX-B, 17 IDX-11-9, ICC20 E-PTP-C, ICC20 E-PTP-PR, ICC20 E-MPTP-C, ICC16 R-MVA, ICC20 R-LIBR-FCP, ICC20 R-LIBR-FSP, ICC20 R-LIBR-W-FCP, ICC20 R-LIBR-W-FSP, ICC20 R-EBR and state variations thereof. Availability may vary by state.
The "S&P 500®" is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“SPDJI”), and has been licensed for use by American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company®. Standard & Poor’s® and S&P® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); Standard & Poor’s®, S&P® and/or Dow Jones® are trademarks of the SPDJI; and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company®. American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company's® IncomeShield Series is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product(s) nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P.
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 Credit Suisse Tech Edge Index (“the Index”) and “Credit Suisse” are service marks of Credit Suisse Group AG, Credit Suisse International, or one of their affiliates (collectively, “Credit Suisse”). Credit Suisse has no relationship to American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company (“American Equity”), other than certain hedging arrangements and the licensing of the Index and its service marks for use in connection with a fixed indexed annuity offered by American Equity (“the Product”) and is not a party to any transaction contemplated hereby.
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.
The end-of-day value of the Index is published subject to the provisions in the rules of the Index. Neither the Index Creator nor any of its affiliates is obliged to publish any information regarding the index other than as stipulated in the rules of these indices.
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.
The Product is not in any way sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Credit Suisse and Credit Suisse does not make any warranty or representation whatsoever, expressly or impliedly, either as to the results to be obtained from the use of the Index, the figure at which the said Index stands at any particular time on any particular day or otherwise, or the advisability of or results to be obtained by using, investing in, or trading the Product. Credit Suisse shall not be liable for the results obtained by using, investing in, or trading the Product. The Index is compiled, maintained and calculated by Credit Suisse. However, Credit Suisse shall not be liable (whether in negligence or otherwise) to any person for any error in the Index and Credit Suisse shall not be under any obligation to advise any person of any error therein.
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The Index is the exclusive property of and currently sponsored by the Index Creator. The Product is not in any way sponsored, endorsed or promoted by Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse has no obligation to take the needs of any person into consideration in composing, determining or calculating the Index (or causing the Index to be calculated). In addition, Credit Suisse makes no warranty or representation whatsoever, express or implied, as to the results to be obtained from the use of the Index and/or the level at which the Index stands at any particular time on any particular day or otherwise, and Credit Suisse shall not be liable, whether in negligence or otherwise, to any person for any errors or omissions in the Index or in the calculation of the Index or under any obligation to advise any person of any errors or omissions therein. Credit Suisse shall not be liable for the results obtained by using, investing in, or trading the Product.
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This Product is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Salt Financial Indices LLC (“SFI”) or any affiliate of SFI. Neither SFI nor any other party makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of this Product or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in funds generally or in this Product particularly or the ability of the Index to track general stock market performance. SFI is the licensor of certain trademarks, service marks and trade names of SFI and of the Index which is determined, composed and calculated by SFI without regard to the issuer of this Product or this Product. SFI has no obligation to take the needs of the issuer of this Product or the owners of this Product into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Index. SFI is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices at, or quantities of this Product to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which this Product is redeemable for cash. Neither SFI nor any other party has any obligation or liability to owners of this Product in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of this Product.
ALTHOUGH SFI SHALL OBTAIN INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN OR FOR USE IN THE CALCULATION OF THE INDEXES FROM SOURCES WHICH SFI CONSIDERS RELIABLE, NEITHER SFI NOR ANY OTHER PARTY GUARANTEES THE ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE INDEXES OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. NEITHER SFI NOR ANY OTHER PARTY MAKES ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY LICENSEE, LICENSEE’S CUSTOMERS AND COUNTERPARTIES, OWNERS OF THE PRODUCTS, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE INDEXES OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN IN CONNECTION WITH THE RIGHTS LICENSED HEREUNDER OR FOR ANY OTHER USE. NEITHER SFI NOR ANY OTHER PARTY MAKES ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND SFI HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO THE INDEXES OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL SFI OR ANY OTHER PARTY HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
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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