Retirement Income That’s as Regular as Clockwork

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Aug 27, 2020

Meet Mel. With plans for a long, active retirement, she discovered a solution that provides the security of guaranteed lifetime income in retirement. This is her story:

Toward the back half of my career, I found myself thinking more about retirement. I had many questions and a fair amount of worry, especially regarding finances. How much money would I have to retire on? How should I choose to receive the funds I had been building up? Would I outlive my income? 

When I began looking into the retirement benefit options my employer offered, I was introduced to Fixed Income Annuities. Admittedly, I didn’t quite understand what this annuity was until my employer explained it to me this way: “Think of it as getting a guaranteed paycheck every month.” Now that I could wrap my head around.

I did an easy calculation and discovered that if I lived beyond age 72, this annuity would make the most sense for me because I would be able to receive more money than if I’d taken the lump sum payout. Well, I’m 77 now and in good health (knock on wood). Since I plan to stick around for a while longer, it’s comforting to know that not only can I rely on Social Security payments for the rest of my life, but I can also count on receiving my annuity check like clockwork.

Getting a guaranteed paycheck every month for the rest of my life gives me an indescribable sense of security.

Because my annuity is insurance and not an investment, the income is guaranteed, whatever the state of the economy—and that gives me an indescribable sense of security. There’s enough to worry about in the world today, but my annuity isn’t one of them. I also have an inheritance provision with my son as a beneficiary, which gives me another level of comfort and security I wouldn’t have otherwise.

You know the old saying, “there are no guarantees in life.” The check I’ll receive every month for the rest my life says otherwise. My advice: If you’re starting to think about a secure retirement, and you can get an income annuity through your employer, do it.

All guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability and financial strength of the issuing company.

Will you have enough income in retirement?

Use MetLife’s interactive tool to discover if you have a retirement income gap—the difference between your anticipated retirement income and estimated monthly expenses.

Nothing in these materials is intended to be advice for a particular situation or individual. These materials are for general information purposes only.