If you want a great vacation in Puerto Rico all you need to do is sell $1.5 million in annuity products from F & G Life.
Yes, that's right, for selling on average only $125,000 per month of annuities (that's maybe 1 - 5 victims) an agent can get a 4 night stay at a top resort in Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico.
It's an F'n Great Life at F & G Life! But for the teachers it's just F'n Gallows.
The Safe Income Plus Fixed Index Annuity sold by F & G, the surrender period is 11 years. The commission is 7.25% AND also may qualify for the trip featured in this post.
Let's review. An agent sells $1.5 million of this product to its base of clients and receives potentially over $100,000 in commission plus a trip to the St. Regis in Puerto Rico. That's quite an incentive to sell F & G Life Indexed Annuity products. I wonder if this product would sell at all if not for the high commission and potential for an amazing vacation? My opinion is that it wouldn't.
Do you know what's behind the recommendation of your "advisor"? This type of incentive needs to be stopped. The insurance industry is hooked on Indexed Annuity products and the commissions and incentives that come with those sales, it's their crack.
If F & G has such great annuity products, wouldn't they sell themselves? Wouldn't real advisors WANT to recommend their products?
In this low interest rate/high volatility environment the ability of an index annuity provider to support a decent rate of return to the end client is severely restricted. Add in generous commissions and luxurious trips and it's nearly impossible for the end client to get a reasonable rate of return.
Yes, index annuities are great for retirement, just not yours (they're great for the agents retirement)!
Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MPAS, AIF