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Tax-deferred investing option or guaranteed income for life.

ManhattanLife offers three types of annuities to provide you with savings and income options for retirement. Our annuities combine various levels of flexibility, liquidity, risk, and return to best match your retirement needs—all with no set-up fees or administrative charges. ManhattanLife offers annuity contracts in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.



Outliving Savings

Almost half of Americans report that outliving their savings is their greatest retirement concern.1 Funding retirement remains one of the biggest economic and social challenges facing the world in the 21st century.2

Increasing Longevity

Global average life expectancy increased by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the fastest increase since the 1960s.3

Interest Rate Environment

According to a 2019 FDIC report, the national interest rate on savings accounts hovered around 0.09% APY.4 In addition, the average interest rate for 5-year CDs fell from 1.48% to 1.14% in 2019 alone.5




Annuities meet a wide range of needs, but they aren't for everyone.

  • If you are looking for immediate, unfettered access to your funds, a bank account may be a better choice.
  • If you want to participate in the equity market and are willing to assume greater risk, fixed interest rate annuities may not be for you. However, if you are looking for an excellent retirement planning tool that affords you tax benefits, flexibility, and safety, a fixed deferred annuity is likely to suit your needs and objectives.
  • Fixed deferred annuities can play an important role in just about anyone’s retirement planning. How large a role fixed deferred annuities will play depends on many factors, including your age, the amount of time you have to accumulate assets, and other factors your advisor can review with you.
  • The main purpose of an annuity is to save money for retirement and to receive retirement income for life. It is not meant to be used to meet short-term financial goals.


  • TAX DEFERRAL is one of the great advantages annuity products have over most bonds, bank certificates of deposit, and the majority of mutual funds. The interest earned on your annuity is tax-deferred; therefore, your money grows faster than it would in a taxable fund. As long as you keep your funds in the annuity, taxes are deferred. When you begin withdrawing funds, they become taxable.
  • The IRS considers your first withdrawals interest, but your principal generally is not taxable in a non-qualified plan (different rules apply to annuities in a qualified plan like an IRA). Withdrawals of interest income before age 59½ may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. When you elect a settlement option (known as annuitizing), each payment includes a portion of your original (non-taxable) principal. For more details, you should go over the tax situation with your tax advisor.
  • FLEXIBILITY attracts many individuals to annuities. You decide how you want to be paid (in a single sum disbursement on a fixed date or in a series of payments); and you decide how the annuity will be handled after your death. Unlike other financial instruments, an annuity is able to provide you with a guaranteed income for the rest of your life—an income you cannot outlive.
  • AVOID PROBATE. A final advantage many annuities offer is the ability to avoid probate. Typically, annuity death benefits paid to a beneficiary, other than an annuitant’s estate, avoid the emotional and financial drain caused by probate.


  • Your annuity earns tax-deferred interest at a guaranteed rate for a guaranteed period. The guaranteed rate of your annuity depends on the guarantee period you choose and current market interest rates.
  • Your single premium accumulates interest from your Contract Date. All interest rates quoted in your Contract are credited and compounded daily to arrive at an effective annual yield.
  • During the surrender charge period, your interest rate is guaranteed and will not change. At the beginning of each Contract Year thereafter, we will declare a new interest rate that will be guaranteed for that Contract Year. We will never pay you less than the guaranteed minimum interest rate described in your contract.


  • You may take money out of your annuity any time before the settlement date. You may withdraw all (full surrender) or part (partial surrender) of the annuity’s value. Partial or full surrender requests that exceed the penalty free amount are subject to surrender charges (and MVA if applicable).
  • Depending on which of our deferred annuity plans you choose, the amount you can withdraw free of surrender charges may include interest only, Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) or even 15% of your principal and interest. This may be an important consideration if liquidity is a concern.


  • For most of our products, if the Annuitant dies before payments have begun under a settlement option, surrender charges are waived. The Beneficiary may choose to receive the annuity value as a single sum or under an available settlement option. If the Annuitant dies after payments have begun, the remaining value, if any, will be paid to the Beneficiary according to the settlement option chosen.
  • If the Owner dies and the Annuitant is still alive, surrender charges (and any applicable MVA) are not waived. The surrender value must be distributed to any surviving Owner, or to the Annuitant if no other Owner was named. If it's not  distributed within 5 years. it must be paid out in installments as governed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If your annuity contract is paid out before the end of the surrender charge period, the payout may be less than the initial single premium you paid, due to the surrender charges.
  • If this is a non-qualified annuity contract, and the sole Beneficiary is the Owner’s surviving spouse or civil union partner, that person may continue the contract as if they were the original Owner rather than take the proceeds.


  • There are no set-up fees or administrative expense charges assessed to issue our annuity contracts.
  • Premium Tax - We will deduct any premium tax imposed on us relating to your annuity contract, if applicable in Your resident state. If you move to another state, the premium tax may or may not apply. Premium taxes may be deducted from the initial premium(s) you pay, or from your annuity value prior to the payout of a settlement option. We reserve the right to deduct the premium taxes from your annuity value when due, as required by applicable law.
  • Free Look Period - After you receive your annuity contract, you have a minimum of 15 days, longer if required by state law, to review it. Please refer to the cover page of your Contract for the actual Free Look period. If you are not satisfied with it for any reason, you may return it with a written request to the Company or to the insurance producer who sold it to you for a full refund of the initial single premium paid.
  • We pay a commission to the insurance producer, broker or firm for selling you the annuity.


  • Once you and your advisor have determined that annuities are a good fit, you can then explore your options. It helps to discuss when and for how long you will receive income payments. This decision can be affected by whether you are married, what kind of payment schedule suits your needs, and whether you want payments to continue after your death.
  • Other Questions You Might Want to Explore are:
    • How much liquidity do you need?
    • What is the surrender charge schedule?
    • How important are free partial surrender features to you?
  • Annuities offer you a range of choices. So, it helps to thoroughly review your needs and objectives with your advisor before selecting an annuity product. We hope this has answered some of the questions you may have had, and that you’ll find just the right annuity for your needs and goals.



No matter which type of annuity you choose, be sure to carefully read and understand your annuity contract as soon as you get it. Ask questions of your insurance producer and consult your tax advisor for information about possible tax consequences. Neither Manhattan Life Insurance Company nor Western United Life Assurance Company, nor any of their insurance producers, provide legal or tax advice. Annuities are not insured by FDIC. They are not the product of, nor guaranteed by, any bank. Product availability may vary by the Owner's resident state, Annuitant's issue age, and/or initial single premium amount. Other restrictions may apply.


Sources for statistics: 1White paper “Investing in (and for) Our Future”, World Economic Forum, June 2019. 2Retirement Readiness Survey, Aegon Center for Longevity Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies and Instituto de Longevidade Mongeral, May 2019. 3Global Health Observatory data, World Health Organization. 4Average Percentage Yield (APY) is the real rate of return on a savings deposit. 5Historical CD Interest Rates: 1984-2020,, January 2020