What Is a Commercial Annuity?

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A commercial annuity refers to a contract between an individual and a company that sells financial products. The contract states that the company will be liable to make regular payments to the annuitants for a certain time period. Some annuities also give benefits to beneficiaries after death.


Time Period

After purchasing a commercial annuity, you may be able to start receiving the payments immediately or you may choose to receive them later after a few years.

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Annuity Rates

Commercial annuity plans usually establish the rates while assuming that all the assets will be consumed by the end of the annuity-holder's life.



In some cases, a commercial annuity provides assistance to the beneficiaries of the annuity holder. This means that while purchasing a commercial annuity, the annuity holder is required to make payments for himself as well as the after-death beneficiaries.


The Difference Between a Commercial Annuity and a Gift Annuity

Unlike a charitable gift annuity that provides low rates, a commercial annuity typically pays much higher rates. However, a gift annuity provides more tax benefits as compared to a commercial annuity.


Where to Find Them

Commercial annuities are sold by banks and insurance companies. You may also find some annuity stores online.