How Allianz Benefit Control works

If you want more potential for tax-deferred growth while you’re saving for retirement – and you also want flexibility to adapt as your needs change, plus the potential for income increases – Allianz Benefit ControlSM Annuity may be a good choice.

Allianz Benefit Control Annuity provides the typical features of fixed index annuities – including principal protection from market downturns, the potential for tax-deferred growth, options for lifetime retirement income, and a death benefit for your beneficiaries.

While you're saving for retirement, Allianz Benefit Control Annuity can help by giving you two ways to get a bonus to your Protected Income Value (PIV):

  • a 15% bonus on any premium you put into your annuity in the first 18 months, and
  • an interest bonus, based on a feature we call the Bonus Control Benefit. We explain this in more detail in the Bonus section below.

And when you're ready to start receiving income, your lifetime withdrawals can increase based on any interest you’ve earned, in addition to the interest bonus. Plus, you can double your annual maximum available for withdrawal under qualifying circumstances.

Allianz Benefit Control Annuity also gives your beneficiaries two ways to get a death benefit prior to annuitization:

  • They can receive the annuity's remaining accumulation value in a lump sum if they wish, or
  • They can receive the remaining PIV if taken as annuity payments over a period of at least five years, limited to 250% of the accumulation value.

Issue age and minimum

The minimum initial premium payment is $20,000 for qualified and nonqualified money.

Bonus

Allianz Benefit Control Annuity offers two ways to receive a bonus on the PIV of your contract. You’ll receive a 15% premium bonus on any premium you place in your annuity in the first 18 months.

You’ll also have the potential to receive an interest bonus on interest earned through an innovative feature we call the Bonus Control Benefit. Before you’ve begun taking lifetime withdrawals from your annuity, you can choose one of the following two options — and you can change your choice every contract year. Once you begin lifetime withdrawals, you will continue to have the opportunity to earn an interest bonus based on the Balanced PIV interest bonus option:

Accelerated PIV interest bonus option
250% interest bonus to PIV
50% accumulation value interest factor

Balanced PIV interest bonus option
150% interest bonus to PIV
100% accumulation value interest factor

Both the premium bonus and interest bonus are credited only to the Protected Income Value (PIV). To receive the PIV, including the value of these bonuses, lifetime withdrawals must be taken. The PIV is not available as a lump sum. You will not receive these bonuses if the contract is fully surrendered or if traditional annuitization payments are taken. If it is partially surrendered the PIV will be reduced proportionally, which could result in a partial loss of bonuses. Lifetime withdrawals are considered partial withdrawals and are subject to ordinary income tax and, if taken prior to 59½, a 10% federal additional tax. Because this is a bonus annuity, it may include higher surrender charges, longer surrender charge periods, lower caps, higher spreads, or other restrictions that are not included in similar annuities that don't offer a bonus feature.

Participation rates, caps, and spreads

The participation rate is 100% for monthly sum, annual point-to-point with a cap, and annual-point-to-point with spread allocation options. This means we use the entire percentage of index change when we calculate the indexed interest rate. Caps or spreads would still apply. The cap is the maximum percentage of index change we use for a specified time period to determine how much interest we credit to your annuity in a given contract year. A spread is the amount we subtract from the percentage of change calculated for an index to determine how much interest we credit to your annuity in a contract year. For annual point-to-point with a participation rate and 2-year point-to-point with a participation rate, we multiply the index change at the end of the crediting period by the participation rate to determine the indexed interest rate for the crediting period.

Call your Allianz financial professional for current caps, spreads, participation rates, and interest rates.

Allocation options

Monthly sum with a cap: S&P 500® Index, Nasdaq-100® Index, Russell 2000® Index

Annual point-to-point with a cap: S&P 500® Index, Nasdaq-100® Index, Russell 2000® Index, BlackRock iBLD Claria® Index, Bloomberg US Dynamic Balance Index II, PIMCO Tactical Balanced Index

Annual point-to-point with a spread: BlackRock iBLD Claria® Index, Bloomberg US Dynamic Balance Index II, PIMCO Tactical Balanced Index

Annual point-to-point with a participation rate: Bloomberg US Dynamic Balance II ER Index, PIMCO Tactical Balanced ER Index, BlackRock iBLD Claria® ER Index

2-year point-to-point with a participation rate: Bloomberg US Dynamic Balance II ER Index, PIMCO Tactical Balanced ER Index, BlackRock iBLD Claria® ER Index

Amounts allocated to annual point-to-point and 2-year point-to-point crediting methods are subject to an allocation charge that is deducted annually from the accumulation value and guaranteed minimum value. The current allocation charge percentage is 0.95%.

A fixed interest allocation is also available.

Allocation options may vary by state.1

Index lock

With both annual point-to-point and 2-year point-to-point with a participation rate crediting methods, you can lock in an index value on those allocation options(s) one time at any point during a crediting period. The indexed interest credit will be applied at the end of the crediting period based on the locked index value. If you choose to lock in an index value, the beginning index value for your next crediting period will be the index value at the end of the previous crediting period (not the chosen locked-in index value). Because the index value is determined at the end of the business day, the index value we use to determine interest credited may be higher or lower than the index value at the time of request. Learn more about the details and business rules that apply.

If I request an index lock, when will the index value be locked?
If you request an index lock prior to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on a business day, the index will lock at the ending index value of that day. If you request the lock after 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on a business day, the index will lock at the ending index value at the end of the following business day. Your locked index value is the index value at the end of the business day on the day the index is locked. A business day is defined as each day on which the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is open for trading. Our business day closes when regular trading on the NYSE closes.

Can I cancel my index lock request?
You can only cancel your index lock request by calling our service team at 800.950.1962 before 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on the day the index value will be locked.

Income through lifetime withdrawals

As described above, Allianz Benefit Control Annuity offers two ways to receive a bonus on the Protected Income Value of your contract – the value in your annuity that is specifically designed for lifetime withdrawals.

Once you start receiving lifetime withdrawals from your Protected Income Value, there is an opportunity to increase your lifetime withdrawals based on the interest rate credited to your allocations, including the interest bonus.

After you’ve owned your annuity for at least five years, you can double your annual maximum available for withdrawal with the Allianz Income Multiplier Benefit rider, if you qualify due to hospitalization or confinement in an eligible nursing home or assisted living facility or if you become unable to perform two of the six activities of daily living (ADLs).

To receive the Allianz Income Multiplier Benefit, you must be confined to a qualified hospital, nursing facility, or assisted living facility for at least 90 days in a consecutive 120-day period. Confinement must occur after the first contract year and either during the contract year before the start of lifetime income withdrawals or at any time thereafter. The six activities of daily living are bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. The enhanced withdrawals will occur until a full recovery or the accumulation value reaches zero, at which time the withdrawals will revert back to the standard amount.

Other ways to access your money

In the contract year following the most recent premium payment, up to 10% of the contract's premium paid, minus withdrawals, can be withdrawn each contract year without incurring withdrawal charges or market value adjustment or penalties; maximum is cash surrender value.

10-year withdrawal charge period (9.3%, 9.3%, 8.3%, 7.3%, 6.25%, 5.25%, 4.2%, 3.15%, 2.1%, 1.05%, 0%). At the beginning of the 11th contract year, the withdrawal charge will be zero. The withdrawal charge and withdrawal charge period apply to the accumulation value, which does not include the premium bonus or the interest bonus. These withdrawal charges may vary by state.

Market value adjustment (MVA): If the contract is partially or fully surrendered (not including 10% free withdrawals and required minimum distributions), it will be subject to an MVA during the withdrawal charge period. An MVA will also apply if the contract is annuitized prior to the sixth contract year or if annuity payments are taken over a period of less than 10 years. The MVA reference rate is a component used to calculate the MVA. For additional information on MVAs and their calculation, see the contract or Statement of Understanding.

MVA reference rate

Payout options

You can start taking lifetime withdrawals from your annuity immediately or on any monthly anniversary after age 50 – but remember that you may be subject to a 10% federal early withdrawal penalty if you take withdrawals before age 59½. These lifetime withdrawal payments will last as long as you live.

After your lifetime withdrawals begin, your income payments will have the opportunity to increase following each crediting period your contract earns interest, including the 150% interest bonus. Also, as long as you don't take other withdrawals, your payment is guaranteed to never decrease.

And if you should later be confined to an eligible nursing home, hospital, or assisted living facility, you can receive up to double your annual maximum income with the Allianz Income Multiplier Benefit rider.

Anytime on or after the 10th contract anniversary year, the contract owner can receive a lump-sum payment of the full accumulation value (which does not include the premium bonus or interest bonus).

In addition, anytime on or after the fifth contract anniversary, the full accumulation value can be annuitized using any one of the standard annuity options.

Death benefit

Prior to annuitization, Allianz Benefit Control Annuity gives you two death benefit options. Your beneficiary(ies) can receive the greater of the accumulation value, guaranteed minimum value, or cumulative withdrawal amount as a lump sum (this option doesn't include any premium or interest bonuses). Or, they can receive the Protected Income Value – including the premium and interest bonuses – in payments over a minimum of five years, limited to 250% of the accumulation value (PIV death benefit limit can vary by state).

Current MVA reference rate: 1.40 % as of 9/27/2020

Uses the yield of the Bloomberg Barclays US Intermediate Corporate Bond Index.

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Ready to take the next step?

Because annuities are complex products, Allianz Benefit Control is available exclusively through financial professionals. Ask your financial professional if it may be a good fit as part of your overall portfolio.

Questions to consider

Talk to your financial professional to see if Allianz Benefit Control Annuity is appropriate for you. Here are some questions they can help answer:

  1. How are the annuity’s principal and any credited interest protected?
  2. How can this product provide income for life and assist with the rising cost of living?
  3. What backs up any guarantees available with this product?
  4. What else should I consider that might impact my retirement?
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1 BlackRock iBLD Claria® Index and BlackRock iBLD Claria® ER Index are not available in Iowa.


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Any distributions are subject to ordinary income tax and, if taken prior to age 59½, a 10% federal additional tax.

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