Annuity Contract


Annuity Contract
The written agreement between an insurance company and a customer outlining each party's obligations in an annuity coverage agreement. This document will include the specific details of the contract, such as the structure of the annuity (variable or fixed), any penalties for early withdrawal, spousal provisions such as a survivor clause and rate of spousal coverage, and more.

An annuity contract is one of the three accounts that can exist under a 403(b) plan. These 403(b) annuity contract plans are also known as "tax-sheltered annuities" or "tax-deferred annuities". An annuity contract is beneficial to the individual investor in the sense that it legally binds the insurance company to provide a guaranteed periodic payment to the annuitant once the annuitant reaches retirement and requests commencement of payments. Essentially, it guarantees risk-free retirement income.


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  • annuity contract — See annuity …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • single premium annuity contract — An annuity contract for which the purchaser pays a single premium, that is, a premium in one lump sum. 4 Am J2d Annui § 1 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • deferred annuity contract — An agreement in which the terms require payment to begin after a certain period of time has elapsed; e.g., payment will begin when the annuitant reaches the age of 60. See annuity …   Black's law dictionary

  • deferred annuity contract — An agreement in which the terms require payment to begin after a certain period of time has elapsed; e.g., payment will begin when the annuitant reaches the age of 60. See annuity …   Black's law dictionary

  • nonrefunding annuity contract — Same as straight annuity. 4 Am J2d Annui § 1 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • annuity — an·nu·ity /ə nü ə tē, nyü / n pl ities [Medieval Latin annuitas, from Latin annuus yearly] 1: an amount payable at regular intervals (as yearly or quarterly) for a certain or uncertain period 2: the grant of or the right to receive an annuity his …   Law dictionary

  • Annuity (US financial products) — In the U.S. an annuity contract is created when an individual gives a life insurance company money which may grow on a tax deferred basis and then can be distributed back to the owner in several ways. The defining characteristic of all annuity… …   Wikipedia

  • Annuity (European financial arrangements) — An annuity can be defined as a contract which provides an income stream in return for an initial payment.Immediate annuityAn immediate annuity is an annuity for which the income stream begins at a time after the initial payment which is less than …   Wikipedia

  • annuity — /an(y)uwatiy/ A right to receive fixed, periodic payments, either for life or for a term of years. Moore v. O Cheskey, App., 87 N.M. 66, 529 P.2d 292, 293. A fixed sum payable to a person at specified intervals for a specific period of time or… …   Black's law dictionary

  • annuity — /an(y)uwatiy/ A right to receive fixed, periodic payments, either for life or for a term of years. Moore v. O Cheskey, App., 87 N.M. 66, 529 P.2d 292, 293. A fixed sum payable to a person at specified intervals for a specific period of time or… …   Black's law dictionary