What Monthly Payments Can I Expect from a $300,000 Annuity?

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When you need another stream of income for retirement, you might consider an annuity. You purchase the annuity from an insurance company and receive reimbursements at a later date. Before purchasing an annuity, it is important to consider the monthly income it could generate. For example, how much does an annuity of $300,000 per month earn? And is it enough to live on in retirement? A few simple calculations can help you decide if an annuity is right for you.

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What is an annuity?

A annuity is a financial arrangement in which you pay premiums to an insurance company, in exchange for payments that will be returned to you at a later date. Some annuities are immediate, meaning there is only a small gap between when you pay premiums and when payments begin. For example, you could have an immediate annuity that begins paying within 12 months.

Other annuities are deferred, meaning payments begin at a later date. For example, you could purchase a deferred annuity at age 55 with the intention of beginning payments when you retire at age 65. You can receive a lump sum payment or monthly payments with an immediate or deferred annuity.

Some annuities can increase in value over time since they earn interest, but the growth rate can depend on how the money in an annuity is invested. A fixed annuity, for example, guarantees a specific rate of return based on current interest rates. A variable annuity, on the other hand, provides a rate of return tied to an underlying investment or group of investments.

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How much does a $300,000 per month annuity pay?

The monthly amount of a $300,000 annuity depends largely on when you purchase the annuity, how the annuity funds are invested, and how long they have to grow. Using an annuity calculator can help you estimate how much money a $300,000 annuity (or an annuity of any other amount) can generate in monthly income.

Say you’re 43 now. You purchase a $300,000 deferred annuity today with the intention of beginning withdrawals at age 65. Your annuity company offers you four options for receiving payments, each of which will generate a different monthly income amount. Here is how much income a fixed annuity of $300,000 could bring in per month:

  • $3,517 if you choose only one life only, which allows you to receive a lifetime income but does not provide a death benefit to your beneficiaries.

  • $3,474 if you choose individual life insurance with 10 years of certainty, which allows you to receive income for life and pays any remaining income to your beneficiaries if you die within the first 10 years of the payment period.

  • $3,357 if you choose individual life insurance with a 20-year guarantee, which extends the window during which beneficiaries can receive payments to 20 years.

  • $3,504 if you choose individual cash-back life insurance, which pays you a lifetime income and offers your beneficiaries a lump sum payment of the initial investment, less any payments made to date.

Now suppose you are 65 years old and want to purchase an immediate annuity whose payments begin immediately. Here’s how much a $300,000 annuity would bring in monthly income in this scenario, assuming the same four payment options:

  • $1,635 if you opt for individual life insurance only, which allows you to receive a lifetime income but does not provide a death benefit to your beneficiaries.

  • $1,656 if you choose individual life insurance with 10 years of certainty, which allows you to receive income for life and pays any remaining income to your beneficiaries if you die within the first 10 years of the payment period.

  • $1,569 if you choose individual life insurance with a 20-year guarantee, which extends the window during which beneficiaries can receive payments to 20 years.

  • $1,599 if you choose individual cash-back life insurance, which pays you a lifetime income and offers your beneficiaries a lump sum payment of the initial investment, less any payments made to date.

Both sets of calculations assume you are the only person to receive income from the annuity during your lifetime, with some payment options allowing the money to pass to one or more designated beneficiaries. If you are married and want the annuity to pay money to your spouse for the rest of their life after you die, this would change the amount of monthly income you would receive.

More precisely, your monthly annuity payments would be lower. How much less can depend on your life expectancy and life expectancy of your spouse. If you have a specific monthly income need that you would like an annuity to meet, you may need to adjust the annuity amount to produce that level of income for you and your spouse.

How much monthly income can I expect from an annuity?

The amount of monthly income generated by an annuity depends largely on the type of annuity, its face value, and the amount of interest generated by the annuity. The amount can range from a few hundred dollars per month to a few thousand dollars. Generally speaking, the larger the annuity and the longer the interval between when you buy it and when you start making withdrawals, the higher the monthly payment is likely to be.

The better question to ask might be: How much money do you need from an annuity to generate monthly income? If you are consider an annuity for retirement, it is important to consider the sources of income you already have. For example, this could include:

  • 401(k) distribution

  • Traditional or Roth IRA Withdrawals

  • Dividend income or capital gains income from taxable investments held in a brokerage account

  • Passive income generated by real estate investments

  • Social Security retirement benefits

  • Interest income from certificates of deposit (CD) or money market accounts

  • Liquid savings in a high-yield savings account

  • Current income from a part-time job, side hustle or side business

Asking these kinds of questions can help you decide if an annuity is something you need and, if so, how much annuity is needed to meet your retirement income goals.

If you are interested in purchasing an annuity, it may be helpful to speak to an annuity expert or your Financial Advisor. Annuities and annuity companies are not created the same and these financial products can sometimes be confusing to understand. Your financial advisor can help you assess your retirement income needs and advise you on the types of annuities that best suit your situation.

Conclusion

Annuities can help supplement other sources of retirement income, although they may not be right for everyone. If you’re considering a $300,000 annuity, it’s helpful to know how much money you could put back in your pocket each month during retirement to decide if the upfront cost is worth it.

Retirement Planning Tips

  • Consider speaking to a Financial Advisor about the pros and cons of an annuity to help you decide if it’s something you should include in your retirement plan. The free SmartAsset tool connects you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can survey your advisors for free to decide which one is best for you. If you are ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, start now.

  • When comparing annuity products, pay close attention to the fees you might pay. Annuities can have many fees, including redemption fees if you decide it’s not right for you after all. Also be aware of the annuity company’s credit ratings. Choosing an annuity company with good credit scores reduces the likelihood that the company will go bankrupt and not be able to pay you back the annuity when the time comes.

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