DEFINITION of 'Lifetime Payout Annuity'

A type of insurance product that pays out a portion of the underlying portfolio of assets over the life of the investor. A lifetime payout annuity can provide fixed or variable payments. In a fixed payout scheme, the investor receives a fixed dollar amount for each payment, potentially with cost of living adjustments (COLA). Payouts under a variable payout scheme will fluctuate because payments are based on the value of the investments held in the annuity's portfolio.

BREAKING DOWN 'Lifetime Payout Annuity'

Investors may choose a lifetime payout annuity to head off the risk of outliving the amount of money set aside for retirement. Basically, the guaranteed payments for life reduce a person's longevity risk. However, this payout scheme can cause problems for those wanting to leave estates to heirs. Payouts from a lifetime payout annuity typically end with the death of the policyholder. The policyholder can purchase adjustments which allow payments to continue to an estate or which allow for a guaranteed number of payments, but these can result in a different payout.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Payout

    The expected financial return from an investment over a given ...
  2. Valuation Period

    The time between the end of the business day of the first business ...
  3. Annuity

    A financial product that pays out a fixed stream of payments ...
  4. Dividend Payout Ratio

    The percentage of earnings paid to shareholders in dividends. ...
  5. Immediate Variable Annuity

    An immediate variable annuity is an insurance product where an ...
  6. Single-Life Payout

    One of two payout option methods an employer uses to distribute ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    Managed Payout Funds vs. Annuities: A Comparison

    Despite the advantages that they offer over annuities, managed payout funds have been slow to catch on with investors.
  2. Retirement

    Selecting The Payout On Your Annuity

    Make sure you understand your options for withdrawing your funds from this complex instrument.
  3. Retirement

    Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  4. Retirement

    How to Use Annuities for Retirement Income

    We explain how to use annuities for guaranteed income in retirement.
  5. Financial Advisor

    Lifetime Income Annuities: The Instant Pension Plan

    If you are looking for a retirement play with a guaranteed structure payout, lifetime income annuities could be the answer.
  6. Retirement

    How a Variable Annuity Works After Retirement

    These investments can provide extra income after you retire. Here’s a guide to when and how you will receive the payout.
  7. Retirement

    Retirement Tips: Choose the Best Annuity Provider

    It pays to get the best advice if you are thinking of putting your money into one of these complicated investments.
  8. Retirement

    What Is the Best Age to Get an Annuity?

    Optimizing the benefits of an annuity means guaranteeing a stream of income you can't outlive.
  9. Retirement

    Are Annuities Retirement-Only Investments?

    Learn more about why annuities are generally purchased and the way that they can positively and negatively affect an individual preparing for retirement.
  10. Financial Advisor

    Is Annuitization Your Best Strategy?

    Annuitization has traditionally offered annuity owners a stream of income they cannot outlive, but there are some disadvantages to this form of payout. Consider alternatives, such as income-benefit ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is the difference between a fixed and variable annuity?

    Understand the difference between fixed, variable and indexed annuities, and read a brief summary of their respective risks ... Read Answer >>
  2. For what types of investments is the payout ratio the most relevant?

    Find out about the payout ratio, what the payout ratio measures and the type of investment that the payout ratio is used ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Book Value

    1. The value at which an asset is carried on a balance sheet. To calculate, take the cost of an asset minus the accumulated ...
  2. Dividend Yield

    A financial ratio that shows how much a company pays out in dividends each year relative to its share price.
  3. Fixed-Income Security

    An investment that provides a return in the form of fixed periodic payments and the eventual return of principal at maturity. ...
  4. Free Cash Flow - FCF

    A measure of financial performance calculated as operating cash flow minus capital expenditures. Free cash flow (FCF) represents ...
  5. Leverage Ratio

    Any ratio used to calculate the financial leverage of a company to get an idea of the company's methods of financing or to ...
  6. Two And Twenty

    A type of compensation structure that hedge fund managers typically employ in which part of compensation is performance based. ...
Trading Center