Deferred annuities are designed for long-term accumulation and can provide income payments at some specified future date. A deferred annuity can be funded with either periodic payments, commonly called flexible premium deferred annuities (FPDAs), or funded with a single premium, in which case they’re called single premium deferred annuities, or SPDAs. While a deferred annuity has the potential of providing a guaranteed lifetime income at some point in the future, the current emphasis in a deferred annuity is on accumulating funds rather than liquidating funds. An advantage that deferred annuities have over many other long-term savings vehicles is that there are no taxes (tax-deferral) paid on the accumulated earnings in an annuity until withdrawals are made.
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Source: Morningstar Inc. and LIMRA International, February, 2012;