According to recent ATO statistics (ATO Self-managed super fund quarterly statistical report - December 2017) SMSFs hold about 22% of their assets in guaranteed fixed income investments, such as term deposits. This asset class is a low risk investment generating a guaranteed fixed rate of return over a chosen timeframe. SMSFs invest in these products to manage short term cashflow requirements, and also as an investment in a low risk asset class as part of their diversified portfolio.
A fixed term annuity is a guaranteed fixed income product offered by a life insurance company. The table below describes the features of a guaranteed fixed term annuity:
|Features||Fixed term annuity|
|Term of investment||Fixed term annuities can provide guaranteed returns across a range of periods from 1 to 50 years.|
|Safeguards to ensure payments will be met||
Only a life insurance company can offer a fixed term annuity.
|Guaranteed rate of return||
The rate of return you will receive, is established at the time you apply for an annuity, and will depend on the product options you choose and prevailing interest rates.
|Access to money before maturity||
You can withdraw from the Annuity before the end of the investment term (in part or in full). However, the Annuity is designed to be held until the end of the investment term and so you might not receive the benefits you would have, had you not withdrawn, and you might receive back less than you invested.
Returns on guaranteed fixed income investments vary so shop around for the best rate for the period that suits you.
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