1100 – 1700 B. C. Archeologists reveal that the legal codes of Egypt provide evidence that an annuity was purchased by a Prince ruling in Sint, in the Middle Empire.

The First Fixed Annuity

  • 1759- A Pennsylvania company offers the first annuity in America to Presbyterian ministers and their families.

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The First Fixed Indexed Annuity

  • February 15, 1995—Keyport (now Sun Life) sold the Key Index Annuity for a premium of $21,000. Over a 5-year period the annuity grew to a value of $51,779. The average CD at the time would have returned $27,554 over the same five-year period, had the client continually renewed it.

Fixed Indexed Annuities

  • Now At the close of 2013, Fixed Indexed Annuities sales were $39.3 billion. (Investment News by: Matt Sirinides Feb 25, 2014)

The First Variable Annuity

  • 1952- TIAA-CREF sold the first Variable Annuity for use in college and university qualified retirement plans.

Variable Annuities

  • Now At the close of 2012, Variable Annuity sales were $145.6 billion. (Source: U.S. Individual Annuities Sales Survey, LIMRA)

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