An annuity which starts paying monthly benefits within a month after issuance is called a(n)
a. period certain annuity
b. deferred annuity
c. fixed annuity
d. immediate annuity
A large corporation pension plan purchased an accumulation annuity contract where all of the participating employees received certificates of participation. What is this contract called?
a. 403(b) plan
b. group deferred annuity
c. group immediate annuity
d. joint and survivor group plan
group deferred annuity
Which of these annuity contract features is meant to discourage withdrawals and exchanges?
b. annual fees
c. withdrawal penalty
d. surrender charges
What is another term used for a "pure" life annuity?
a. annuity certain
b. immediate annuity
c. life income
d. joint annuity
During the liquidation phase of an annuity contract, to whom are the income benefits normally payable to?
The annuitant in a single premium deferred annuity (SPDA)
a. receives immediate benefit payments
b. makes only one premium payment
c. can make tax-free withdrawals until the principal is recovered
d. is also the beneficiary
makes only one premium payment
When a deferred annuity is surrendered, who must sign the authorization to do so?
b. annuitant and beneficiary
d. all parties involved
A life annuity with period certain is characterized as
a. guaranteeing benefit payments for a stated period of time after reaching age 65
b. guaranteeing a minimum interest rate
c. guaranteeing lifetime benefit payments for two or more people
d. guaranteeing benefit payments for a stated minimum number of years
guaranteeing benefit payments for a stated minimum number of years
The main purpose of an annuity is to
a. provide a tax shelter
b. create an estate
c. create a stream of income
d. provide a death benefit
create a stream of income
Which of the following is NOT a valid contract exchange?
a. an annuity exchanged for a life insurance policy
b. an annuity exchanged for another annuity
c. a life insurance policy exchanged for another life insurance policy
d. a life insurance policy exchanged for another annuity
an annuity exchanged for a life insurance policy
Sarah, age 88, is a life annuitant who has lived beyond her life expectancy. The funds for additional benefit payments will be derived primarily from funds that were
a. obtained from the state's Guaranty Association
b. accumulated from the invested principal
c. given up by the annuitant's refund beneficiary
d. not distributed to life annuitants who died before life expectancy
not distributed to life annuitants who died before life expectancy
During an annuity's liquidation phase, the annuitant normally
a. receives nothing
b. receives benefit payments at regular intervals
c. can borrow against the cash value
d. can increase the premium payout period
receives benefit payments at regular intervals
Tori has an annuity that pays her a $500 per month income benefit for life or for ten years, whichever is longer. What kind of annuity is this?
a. fixed life annuity with period certain
b. variable life annuity with installment refund
c. fixed life annuity with cash refund
d. variable life annuity with period certain
fixed life annuity with period certain
Ron recently purchased an immediate, straight life fixed annuity. His benefit payments will
a. discontinue after a stated number of years
b. remain a constant dollar amount for the duration of the annuity period
c. pay a lump sum if the annuitant dies
d. vary according to the underlying investment performance
remain a constant dollar amount for the duration of the annuity period
When does interest income for a flexible premium deferred annuity get reported for federal income taxes?
b. After the principal has been exhausted
c. Upon receiving distributions from the contract
d. During the accumulation phase
Upon receiving distributions from the contract
When an annuity contract has been fully surrendered, how will the surrender charges affect the final contract settlement?
a. final contract settlement will be reduced
b. final contract settlement will be increased
c. final contract settlement will not be affected
d. final contract settlement will be held in escrow until surrender charges are paid
final contract settlement will be reduced
Which of the following is NOT an intended use of an annuity?
a. obtain income benefits for a stated period of time for more than one person
b. accumulate assets on a tax-deferred basis
c. create immediate lifetime income benefits
d. create new funds upon the death of a wage-earner
create new funds upon the death of a wage-earner
A retired couple would like to maximize the income derived from their combined life savings and have it payable until they both die. Which annuity would be their best choice?
a. fixed annuity
b. survivorship annuity
c. joint life annuity
d. joint and survivor annuity
joint and survivor annuity
The authority to change the beneficiary in an individual annuity lies with the
Which statement concerning a deferred annuity contract is correct?
a. the contract cannot be assignable by the owner
b. requires a single premium payment
c. the owner can be the beneficiary, annuitant, or neither
d. benefits start immediately after contract formation
the owner can be the beneficiary, annuitant, or neither
The surrender charge on many deferred annuity contracts are waived when the
a. annuitant becomes unemployed
b. annuitant dies or becomes disabled
c. contract's interest rate falls below a stated percentage
d. contract is canceled within the first year
annuitant dies or becomes disabled
A teacher recently retired at age 63 and has a tax sheltered annuity (TSA). Periodic deposits total $120,000 and the value of the contract is now worth $200,000. How much is taxed if the current value is surrendered today?
What does a fixed life annuity offer protection against?
b. premature death
c. inadequate retirement planning
d. savings depletion due to longevity
savings depletion due to longevity
An insurer will typically assess a back-end load on a deferred annuity that is cancelled during the early contract years. What is this back-end load referred to as?
a. back-end assessment
b. cancellation fee
c. surrender charge
d. tax penalty
Which of these pays an income to two or more annuitants until the death of the last annuitant?
a. joint life annuity
b. deferred survivor annuity
c. joint and survivor annuity
d. survivorship annuity
joint and survivor annuity
When a large sum of money is used to structure monthly payments, which product is typically used?
a. a 401(k) plan
b. a 401(b) plan
c. a deferred annuity
d. an immediate annuity
an immediate annuity
What happens to the cash value of a market value adjusted annuity if it's surrendered prior to the end of the stated guarantee period?
a. subject to market value adjustment
b. subject to no adjustments
c. subject to a surrender charge only
d. cash value is forfeited
subject to market value adjustment
John bought a deferred annuity on Mary. John amends the contract years later to name Tom as the recipient of the proceeds if Mary dies. Who is the annuitant for this contract?
d. Mary's estate
Which event triggers a deferred annuity to start making benefit payments to the annuitant?
a. when the owner dies
b. when the contract's cash value exceeds the cost basis
c. when the contract is annuitized
d. cash surrender of the annuity
when the contract is annuitized
A life annuity feature which provides benefit payments for a minimum number of years, no matter when the annuitant dies, is called
a. fixed period
b. period certain
c. installment refund
d. straight life
How do benefit payments fluctuate over time in a variable life annuity?
a. benefit payments stay fixed
b. reflects changes in the market value of assets in a separate account
c. annuitant controls any benefit payment changes
d. any benefit payment fluctuations have to be approved in writing by the owner
reflects changes in the market value of assets in a separate account
A single-life annuity only has ONE
b. benefit payment
c. premium payment
When determining the accumulation value of a deferred annuity, the total is calculated by taking the premiums paid plus interest earned minus
a. bailout option charge
b. surrender charges
c. taxes owed
d. expenses and withdrawals
expenses and withdrawals
The exclusion ratio determines
a. how long an annuitant receives benefit payments
b. if an annuity is eligible for a 1035 exchange
c. the interest rate of an annuity
d. the amount of an annuity payment subject to income tax
the amount of an annuity payment subject to income tax
Which benefit can be found in an equity indexed annuity, but not in a fixed annuity?
a. protection against living too long
b. equity loans
c. a fixed rate of return
d. protection against long-term inflation
protection against long-term inflation
Under which circumstance is the interest rate guaranteed within a market value adjusted annuity?
a. when the contract has been held for the period specified in the policy
b. for the entire length of the contract
d. when the cash value has reached a stated minimum amount
when the contract has been held for the period specified in the policy
When does the owner's contractual rights begin under an individual annuity contract?
a. time of purchase
b. when the benefit period begins
c. when the accumulation period ends
d. after free-look period expires
time of purchase
What happens to the purchasing power of benefit payments from a fixed life annuity when the cost of living goes up?
c. not affected by inflation
d. tied to stock index
The owner's cost basis for a non-qualified deferred annuity is typically the same as the
a. annuity's cash value
b. total premiums paid
c. benefits payable to the annuitant
d. interest earned within the annuity
total premiums paid
Which of the following is associated with an immediate annuity?
a. tax-free benefit payments
b. installment premium payments
c. lack of an accumulation period
d. lump-sum benefit
lack of an accumulation period
The interest paid during an annuity's payout period is considered
b. taxable as ordinary income
c. taxable as capital gains
taxable as ordinary income
Which of the following contracts offer deferred taxation, flexible payments, a guaranteed interest rate, and death benefits equal to the cash value?
a. variable life policy
b. modified life policy
c. flexible premium fixed annuity
d. immediate fixed annuity
flexible premium fixed annuity
Taking a sum of money and decreasing it in size is called
a. capital gains
b. capital appreciation
c. capital liquidation
d. capital sum
Which annuity allows contributions to an IRA?
a. Single Premium Immediate Annuity (SPIA)
b. Annuity certain
d. Life with period certain
A single premium deferred annuity sometimes contains a bailout feature. Which statement regarding this feature is correct?
a. if the interest rate falls below a specified level, the surrender charge is waived
b. if the interest rate rises above a certain level, the surrender charge is waived
c. it allows the Life and Health Guaranty Association to bailout the insolvent insurer
d. a reinsurer will make the remainder of the annuity payments if the original insurance company becomes insolvent
if the interest rate falls below a specified level, the surrender charge is waived
Which of the following would most likely purchase an immediate annuity?
a. individual wishing to contribute to a tax-sheltered annuity
b. individual wanting to accumulate an investment over time
c. retiree having a lump sum to invest
d. business needing an immediate tax write-off
retiree having a lump sum to invest
What determines how much an annuitant is paid for a variable annuity?
a. varies according to how many outstanding annuity units
b. payments fluctuate as annuitant gets older
c. the market value variations of the securities backing it
d. varies according to the insurer's investments in its general account
the market value variations of the securities backing it
The administrator for a corporate pension plan bought an accumulation annuity contract for its 2,000 employees. All 2,000 participating employees received certificates of participation. What kind of contract is this?
a. 403(b) plan
b. group deferred annuity
c. group immediate annuity
d. deferred compensation plan
group deferred annuity
Which of the following would NOT be appropriate for an immediate annuity?
a. a lottery winner who opted for a lump-sum payment
b. a parent saving for a child's college
c. a beneficiary collecting the face amount of a life insurance policy
d. someone who just won a large settlement
a parent saving for a child's college
An annuity's accumulation period may
a. continue after the purchase payments stop
b. continue after the benefit payments start
c. continue after the annuitant dies
d. continue after the annuity has been surrendered
continue after the purchase payments stop
The interest credited to the cash values of personally-owned non-qualified annuities is considered
a. a tax credit
The contractual rights which allow the owner of a deferred annuity to surrender the cash value several years before the annuity date are called
a. nonforfeiture options
b. settlement options
c. conversion options
d. surrender options
What is the tax treatment of benefit payments for a non-qualified annuity?
a. benefit payments are always taxable
b. benefit payments are subject to taxes only prior to age 70 1/2
c. benefit payments must begin at age 59 1/2 to avoid a penalty
d. benefit payments received after 70 1/2 are always tax-exempt
benefit payments are always taxable
Sylvia purchased an annuity for $100,000 from the proceeds of an inheritance. No further payments are permitted and the income stream begins in 15 years. This contract is a(n)
a. equity indexed annuity
b. single premium immediate annuity
c. single premium deferred annuity
d. fixed period immediate annuity
single premium deferred annuity
Which statement is INCORRECT concerning a tax-sheltered annuity (TSA)?
a. participants make payments from salary reductions
b. normally used by charitable, educational, and religious organizations
c. also known as 403(b) plans
d. annual investment gains are included in participant's gross income
annual investment gains are included in participant's gross income
A business may purchase an annuity for all of the following reasons EXCEPT
a. structuring a liability settlement payment
b. informally funding a non-qualified deferred compensation plan
c. accumulating assets on a tax-deferred basis
d. providing a pension to employees
informally funding a non-qualified deferred compensation plan
How are monthly life annuity benefit payments treated under a tax sheltered annuity (TSA)?
a. taxed as a capital gain during the accumulation period
b. taxed as ordinary income during the accumulation period
c. taxed as ordinary income in the year received
d. received tax-free to all recipients
taxed as ordinary income in the year received
Which of the co-annuitants listed below would receive the largest monthly benefit payments in a joint and 100% survivor annuity?
a. ages 70 and 72
b. ages 60 and 80
c. ages 71 and 73
d. ages 69 and 71
ages 71 and 73
When a sum of money undergoes capital liquidation, that sum will
a. increase in value
b. remain the same indefinitely
c. decrease in size
d. create tax deductions
decrease in size
Who typically makes the purchase payments in an individual annuity?
The owner of a single premium deferred annuity is entitled to do all of these EXCEPT
a. make additional payments into the annuity
b. choose the length of the payout period
c. choose who will be the recipient of the annuity payments
d. cash surrender the contract
make additional payments into the annuity
An annuitant is paid $495 per month until the contract value is exhausted at some undetermined date in the future. Which type of annuity payout option is this?
a. fixed amount
b. straight life
c. period certain
d. installment refund
An individual, age 45, would like to help pay for his daughter's college expenses in 10 years. Which annuity would be appropriate for this individual?
a. joint and survivor annuity
b. deferred annuity
c. 403(b) plan
d. immediate annuity
When compared to a fixed annuity, a variable annuity has what distinguishing feature?
a. flexible premiums according to a stock index
b. investment risk is assumed by the purchaser
c. investment risk is assumed by the insurer
d. payout option can be changed after the accumulation phase
investment risk is assumed by the purchaser
What is the effect of the market value adjustment in a market value adjustment annuity?
a. transfer the tax liability to the owner
b. allows owner to periodically adjust the investment risk
c. transfers some of the investment risk to the policyowner
d. no effect
transfers some of the investment risk to the policyowner
Interest is credited to a fixed annuity no lower than the
a. variable contract rate
b. contract guaranteed rate
c. current rate of inflation
d. prime rate
contract guaranteed rate