Variable Annuities

What is a variable annuity?

A variable annuity is a combination insurance and investment product. A range of investment options can be chosen, typically mutual fund-like accounts with gains that are tax-deferred until the money is withdrawn. At the end of the accumulation stage, you receive the guaranteed minimum payment from the insurer, and the remaining payments vary depending on the performance of the managed portfolio.

Are variable annuities risky investments?

Brokers can earn high commissions on variable annuities. This incentive to sell them creates a heightened risk that they may not properly explain to the investor, tax or liquidity factors may not be adequately considered, or the advisor may engage in “twisting.” “Twisting” happens when a broker encourages a client to trade in an older annuity to buy a different one, often at significant cost to the client and benefit to the broker.

What can you do if you’ve experienced losses as a result of a variable annuity investment?

There are several types of claims that can arise from the sale of a variable annuity, including the suitability of the variable annuity itself, as well as the suitability of the investment subaccounts and their allocation. If an advisor sold you a variable annuity and misrepresented or omitted material facts about the annuity or its operation, or you believe it was an unsuitable investment recommendation, that is actionable. Contact an experienced investor rights attorney to review your case.

Take the next steps to find out if you have a claim:

Step 1.

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Call and speak to one of our attorneys* for a no-cost consultation to discuss your situation, answer your questions, and help you determine the next steps. This call usually takes about 15 minutes, but we are happy to talk to you as long as you would like!

Step 2.

Quick Review of Your Paperwork

If we think you might have a case, we will need to review a few basic documents. If we determine you have a case, then you will have the option to hire us as your attorneys to pursue it.

Step 3.

Signed Attorney/Client Agreement

If you decide to hire us to pursue your case, we will have you sign an attorney-client agreement so we can begin the process of trying to recover your losses.*

*In the vast majority of cases, our agreement is contingent – meaning you won’t owe us any money unless we recover money for you.

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