What is an Accumulation Period?
An accumulation period, also known as an accumulation phase, is the time during which regular contributions to an investment or premiums are paid on an insurance product such as an Annuity that can be used for retirement. The annuitization stage is when annuity payments begin.
Understanding the Accumulation Period
An accumulation period refers to the time that an investor accumulates their savings and their investment portfolio. Usually, this is done with the goal of building a retirement nest egg. The accumulation period is the time when the money or value of your investment capital accumulates over time until you can access it. The accumulation period can be set at the time of account creation or may vary depending on when you withdraw funds.
The accumulation period refers to the time that the annuitant contributes to the annuity as well as building up their annuity account’s value. The annuitization phase is where guaranteed payments are made to annuitants for a set period of time. This would typically be the rest of their lives.
Plan for Retirement and the Accumulation Period
A popular way to invest for retirement is through deferred annuities. There are many types of deferred Annuities available to investors, including equity-indexed, fixed, and variable. Each type of annuity has its own characteristics and can have pros or cons depending on your financial situation and long-term investment goals. There are many risk factors, so choosing the right option will depend on your tolerance for risk.
Deferred annuities offer tax benefits and the assurance that you will be able to provide income for your retirement needs. For those looking to save as much money as possible for retirement, a long accumulation period is a good financial strategy.
A number of provisions were added to the Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) to encourage employers to offer annuities to their employees as part of their retirement options under their 401(k). This includes the ERISA fiduciary safety harbor that provides plan fiduciaries with certain liability protections when they offer annuities within their 401(k). Annuities that are held in a 401k plan are also portable under the SECURE Act. This means that employees can move their annuities to another trustee-to-trustee plan without incurring surrender fees or penalties.
Individuals can save money that can be used in the market and grow by delaying spending. Individuals can accumulate substantial savings if they invest their money regularly over the course of their working lives. The longer you wait to start the annuitization phase, the more your deferred annuity contributions will increase.
Example of Annuity
A fixed annuity is a policy that guarantees an individual a set amount of income each month until they reach age 59 1/2.
An annuity, for example, guarantees $1,000 per month of income throughout the life of the holder. To receive the future payment, annuity holders must contribute $100 per month from age 65 to age 60. This is the accumulation period.