Annuity Statement

An annuity statement is a snapshot of your annuity’s performance over time. Your annuity provider produces the statement. You’ll receive regular updates of the value of your annuity and any interest or dividends you’ve earned along with other important information for tax purposes.

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  • Updated: May 28, 2024
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Key Takeaways

  • Annuity owners receive regular statements containing updates on the annuity’s performance and value.
  • Important parts of an annuity statement include the contract’s cash value, surrender value, index performance or subaccount transaction records. 

What Is an Annuity Statement?

An annuity statement gives the annuity owner an update of the cash value and, in the case of variable and indexed annuities, the investment value of their annuity.

Annuity statements also confirm any activity that has occurred related to the annuity, such as index values or rate cap details. When you purchase an annuity, you’ll receive these statements at regular intervals — usually once per year for fixed annuities or once per quarter for variable annuities.

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How To Read an Annuity Statement

To help give you an idea of what your annuity statement might look like, consider an example:

Example of an Annuity Statement

Common Parts of an Annuity Statement

Identification Information
A typical annuity statement will have identification information towards the top of the page. These details include the annuity owner’s name, address and account number. The statement should also have contact information for the annuity provider.
Overview of Contract
The statement will have an overview of the contract terms, like the names of the annuity owner and annuitant, if not the same person. This section also contains specific details of the annuity contract, including the product type, tax qualification status and effective date.
Financial Information
An overview of the financial information available for the statement period will also be provided. This section briefly breaks down how the value of your annuity changed over the statement period. If you have an indexed annuity, the financial activity overview will include details on index values and rate caps.

If you own a traditional fixed annuity, there won’t be much to report in this section. The statement will tell you how much interest your annuity earned in the previous statement period and what the interest rate will be for the next period.

Transaction History
A statement for a variable annuity might have an additional section for transaction history. This section will tell you about any purchases or sales of mutual fund units and any dividends you may have earned from those mutual funds.
Surrender Value
No matter which type of annuity you have, your statement should include the surrender value of your annuity. This value represents the amount of money you would receive if you canceled the annuity contract as of the statement date.

Because annuities work by letting a lump-sum premium grow over time to be converted into a stream of income years later, the surrender value will always be less than what you would earn from receiving payments from a mature annuity in its distribution stage.

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Last Modified: May 28, 2024
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