What is Advanced Life Deferred Annuity and How Does it Work?

ALDA (Advanced Life Deferred Annuity) is longevity insurance. An ALDA is a long-term deferred annuity that does not pay out until you reach an advanced age. How advanced? It could be from 75, 80, or 85. The longer you wait to start receiving payments, the higher the amount you receive every month or quarterly basis. Couples are encouraged to take this plan, which secures their finances in advanced age. The most useful question is whether you are prepared financially to live that long?

Is it worth to buy an insurance policy today that costs about one-fifth of your savings and get a guaranteed lifetime income starting from the age of 80?  If you died before the age of 80, you would lose the original premium, but if you lived to an age of 85 or more, you would get back much more than you paid upfront. That is what (ALDA) is all about.

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ALDA sounds like a bad investment, but it is an insurance against the risk that you might live longer than you can afford. Actuaries and economists call it longevity insurance. It is not a very popular plan today since only a few insurance companies offer it. You will make your retirement easy by removing the fear of running out of money after retirement.

An Advanced Life Deferred Annuity (ALDA) is like longevity insurance or longevity annuity. The plan protects a person from outliving their assets. An individual can buy the ALDA in a single, lump-sum premium that begins providing annuities at a given age like 80. It provides protection against longevity.

How ALDAs work


In an unadulterated ALDA, you give a percentage of your retirement savings say 10-25 percent to an insurance company and get a guaranteed specific monthly income starting at an age you choose. The earlier you pay the contract, the better. The amount earns carrier coffers, which adds to your savings. The later you begin getting the payments, the higher the amount paid each year.

How ALDAs save you money

ALDAs lack cash value but makeup in insurance value. It is a sure way of getting high income when you are 80 or 85 years old than self-insuring. Underspending or setting up a rainy-day fund is crucial just in case you live longer than expected.

Comparison between ALDA and self-insuring


  • Self-insuring allows you to set aside your old-age fund at age 60.

For instance, if you pay $23,700 in reserve at 60 years and invested in bonds paying 5% per year, you would have about $80,000 by age 85. You can then buy an annuity that pays $1,000 a month for life. If you die before 85, the reserve goes to beneficiaries.

  • With ALDA, you would pay about $16,000 at age 60 for a lifetime income of $1,000 starting at age 85. That is a saving of $7,700.

Why is ALDA cheaper than self-insuring?

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Premiums of the ALDA owners who do not reach age 85 and never file a claim go to pay for those who do.


Annuities are attractive because of the risk-averse. Despite providing longevity insurance, voluntary annuitization is extremely low among households. ALDA is an annuity purchased at retirement to offer payments in old age. A good plan is one that provides immediate annuity at a small cost fraction. Households need to choose annuity plans that provide quick or postponed annuitization for optimal decumulation of annuitized wealth. Few households would suffer losses if the 401(k) plan was used as the default plan.

Self-insurance for long-living is also a viable option. But, why do you need an ALDA when you have life insurance? Here is a valid answer. As one age, the risk of dying is too expensive. Statistically, most people who live to advanced ages incur very high medical costs.  You could run out of money or live in a poverty state in old age.

To avoid such an eventuality, investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in a well-balanced financial plan is critical. Some of the funds will go towards long-term care insurance and retirement annuities, which guarantees lifetime income. You will pay your bills and live a quality life.

Even with a suitable plan, you could run out of money since health care in advanced age is very expensive. That is why you need an Advanced Life Deferred Annuity to insure you against loss of income in final years. The best comparison of ALDA is fire, flood, or home insurance. You hope you never have to use it, but you will be glad when the worst happens.

If you live long enough, the insurance company makes the annuity payments. If you and your spouse die before collecting it, the insurance company forfeits the payments. The basic ALDA is inexpensive and starts making payments when you reach the set age. For example, when a couple makes a single premium of $24,000 at the age of 60, they could start receiving a $1,000 monthly payment at age 85 till they die. Most ALDA holders do not live to collect their annuities; thus, the insurance company uses the funds to pay those who live long enough to collect them.

I know what you are thinking. “why would you risk your $24,000 which you might not benefit from?” It is true that ALDA has no guarantee of refund, unlike other forms of life insurance. ALDA offers three options: Cash Refund, Death benefit, and some ALDA contracts will offer cash in you are forced into a nursing home before the set age. Death benefit comes when you die before the time and named beneficiaries to get the money.

How does one implement an Advanced Life Deferred Annuity into a retirement plan?


Assume you have accumulated $500,000 at age 60 years in several accounts. An IRA or $01(k) holding 75% of the amount. The rest is held in savings. Assume you put $375,000 into a 10-year deferred fixed annuity that you plan to annuitize when you retire at 70. Suppose you take the lifetime option, you will be receiving $2,000 monthly till you die. But if you take a 20-year distribution plan which begins to annuitize at 80 years, you will be receiving more monthly payment than the lifetime option.

If you are thinking about taking an Advanced Life Deferred Annuity, find a trusted financial advisor for more guidance.


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