Secondary Market Annuities are available to individuals through our Advisor Partners. Please contact us for a referral to an Advisor near you.
How Do Secondary Market Annuities Fit Into My Financial Plan?
Secondary Market Annuities are an excellent, high-yield alternative to other fixed income investments. In addition, they can also form a high-yield, guaranteed income source for risk-averse investors, or to fund future obligations.
Structured Settlement Annuities have a variety of uses. Here are a few planning scenarios where these are great tools:
A couple has a wide disparity between their ages (70 year old man, 50 year old wife)
Traditional joint life annuities will offer very low payouts, whereas an SMA can be used to produce income for the couple’s life and a future lump sum for the surviving spouse to re-position in the future.
Investors seeking high yield alternatives to CD’s
Investors seeking specific future payment streams or lump sums, to fund education, gift, or other goals.
Investors seeking alternatives to the complicated contractual terms of variable and index annuities with income riders
Why Are Secondary Market Annuities Higher Yield Than Fixed Annuities
The yield on Secondary Market Annuities is higher simply because the seller is selling at a discount. These are existing, fully funded payment obligations. A buyer becomes the assignee of an existing payment stream- a note receivable bought at a discount.
Why Would The Insurance Company Issue A Contract Yielding 6% In This Market?
See above- discounted cash flow is a hard concept for a lot of people, but it’s at the heart of this market. $100 in 10 years is worth $55 today at a 6% discount rate. There are 10 years of deferred, compounding accumulation, which means the purchase price today is just $55.
Using the same discount rate of 6%, a payment stream of $1000/ month for 120 months costs $90,724.32 today. Because the payments start immediately, each payment includes some portion of principal and some of interest. As principal is paid out, is no longer accruing at the discount rate, and thus the total amount of interest earned on a ten-year income stream is much lower than the total interest earned on a ten-year deferred lump sum contract.
Insurance companies are not issuing contracts that yields 6% in this marketplace. Rather, sellers are willing to sell their existing annuities at a discount that allows you to achieve a 6% yield.
In summary, Investors considering period certain Single Premium Immediate Annuities (SPIA’s) or using withdrawals from Fixed Annuities, Variable Annuities, or Indexed Annuities for cash flow, will find a Secondary Market Annuity a higher yield alternative.
How Do I Know Structured Settlement Annuities Are Safe?
Structured Settlement Annuities are considered to be senior obligations of the insurance companies issuing the annuity. Because structured settlements originate in lawsuits, payments that are made to settle the lawsuit are subject to a court order. Failure to make those payments would be contempt of court, and therefore are considered to be senior obligations.
How Do I Know Secondary Market Annuities Are Safe?
In typical Secondary Market Annuity transactions, we facilitate you receiving the payments of an existing payment stream. In previous sections, we detailed how structured settlement annuities come into being and are funded, and why they are safe.
In a well structured and properly documented SMA transaction, there are five key items that document a case transfer and ensure legal safety of payments to you:
Benefits letter from the issuer to the payee, which establishes that the Payee has the payments to sell,
Court order changing the payee name to you or an entity that benefits you, such as our Business Trust
Acknowledgement letter or stipulation agreement after the court hearing from the Issuer naming you or an entity that benefits you as the new payee of the specific payment stream you purchased.
Legal Review reviewing all documents, notices, filings, UCC statements and procedures in each case and every jurisdiction the case is subject to.
Absolute Assignment of the cash flows from our entity that purchased the payments assigning the payments to you forevermore.
Of course, this is exactly what we do at DCF Exchange, LLC on each and every case.
What Are The Costs And Fees Of An Secondary Market Annuity Purchase?
Unlike all other newly issued annuities, SMA’s have no holding or administrative costs other than a nominal payment servicing fee and, if applicable, costs to your IRA custodian. Remember that originally, a claim or suit was settled with a monetary payment that purchased an annuity, either in a qualified assignment or directly by the defendant, to pay out future benefits to the injured party. This award has no costs or fees to the recipient, and thus has no costs to you too.
Secondary Market Annuities are a refreshing, what you see is what you get transaction, without complicated fees, riders or other costs.
What About SMA’s With Qualified Funds?
SMA purchases can be arranged through a self directed IRA custodian who is familiar with the asset class. There are special calculations to be done to account for required minimum distributions or RMD’s so it’s best to work with a custodian already familiar with the market.
It’s important to note that while Secondary Market Annuities have no fees or costs other than the purchase price and a nominal payment servicing charge, IRA custodians do have some costs. We prefer to work with GoldStar Trust Company, as they have superior customer service, an intimate knowledge of the market, and the lowest costs in the business.
Who Is The Typical Secondary Market Annuity Buyer
The typical SMA buyer is a safe-money investor seeking an above average yield, with very low risk and no volatility. Payment streams can be immediate income, short term lump sum, long term lump sum, or a mixture.
Why We Do It
The DCF Exchange helps savvy institutions and investors earn uncorrelated, guaranteed yields in a unique “set-and-forget” product.