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How much cash can a $300,000 annuity generate for me each month?

Benzinga explains several types of annuities and how they can generate monthly income and financial security.

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Imagine having a reliable source of income you can count on throughout your retirement. That's the promise of an annuity. These insurance products have been designed to turn your savings into a steady stream of monthly payments. They guarantee peace of mind and financial security in your golden years. 

Benzinga reports that annuities come in various options — from fixed rates to those tied to market performance. But the key question remains: with $300,000 to invest, how much monthly income can a realistic annuity generate?

Immediate vs. Deferred Annuities

The type of annuity you choose can significantly impact your monthly income. With a $300,000 fixed immediate annuity, a 65-year-old man could receive around $1,450 to $1,950 per month for life, while a 65-year-old woman may get $1,800 to $2,200 per month. These payments are guaranteed for as long as the annuitant lives.

On the other hand, a deferred income annuity allows you to delay the start of your payments, often until a later age like 75 or 80. By deferring the income, you can potentially receive higher monthly payments. For example, a 65-year-old man who invests $300,000 in a deferred income annuity with income starting at age 80 could receive around $4,000 per month for life, while a woman of the same age could receive about $3,500 per month.

Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts (QLACs)

Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts are a type of deferred income annuity that can be purchased with pretax retirement assets like 401(k)s and IRAs. With a QLAC, you can invest up to 25% of your retirement account balance or $200,000, whichever is less, to provide income starting as late as age 85. This can help manage required minimum distributions (RMDs). They also provide a foundation of guaranteed income in the later years of retirement.

Additional Factors To Consider

While the type of annuity plays a significant role, several additional factors influence the amount of income you can expect to receive:

  • Your age and gender: Generally, older individuals and women (due to their longer life expectancies) receive higher payouts.
  • Payout option: Lifetime income options typically come with slightly lower payouts compared to options that include provisions for beneficiaries if you pass away before a set period. 
  • Interest rates: The prevailing economic climate, particularly interest rates, can affect annuity returns. Higher interest rates can translate into more attractive income streams.

Important Considerations Before You Invest

Annuities can be a powerful tool for retirement income, but before you invest, here are some important factors to consider:

Fees: Some annuities come with fees that can eat into your overall returns. Be sure to understand the fee structure before making a decision.

Inflation: Fixed annuity payments won't keep pace with inflation over time. That is, their purchasing power may diminish in the long run.

Company Strength: Choose an annuity from a financially sound and reputable insurance company. This will ensure the safety of your investment. You can use resources from organizations like A.M. Best to check an insurer's financial strength.

Consult with a financial adviser, if you want to make sure you're on the right track with your retirement savings. They can also help you to explore how annuities might fit into your overall plan. They also provide personalized guidance on your savings, analyze different annuity options, and ensure any annuity investment strategically aligns with your retirement income goals.

This story was produced by Benzinga and reviewed and distributed by Stacker Media.