Yet most investments come with costs and annuities are no exception. Since annuities are insurance products, they typically include a mortality and risk charge and an administrative fee, along with the underlying operating expenses of the investment portfolios.

So why not control what you can?

Know your annuity costs

One way to keep your annuity costs low is to consider the Vanguard Variable Annuity, issued by Transamerica Premier Life Insurance Company and, in New York State only, by Transamerica Financial Life Insurance Company.

With an average expense ratio of 0.52%, the Vanguard Variable Annuity’s costs are more than 70% below the annuity industry average of 2.26%.** That difference can save you an average of $1,700 a year in fees for every $100,000 you invest.

The Vanguard Variable Annuity offers a diverse lineup of stock, bond, and money market portfolios, many of which are index-based. The low expense ratios of the underlying investments help to keep your costs down.

You’ll also save on commissions and surrender charges. The Vanguard Variable Annuity is sold directly to you, so there are no commissions or purchase fees. You can exchange money tax-free among portfolios without incurring transaction fees, and there’s never a surrender charge if you decide to move your contract. This combination of factors helps keep your annuity costs far below the industry average, and keeps more of your money working for you.

Calculate your savings

Try our online calculator to help estimate how much you might save by transferring from a higher cost annuity to the Vanguard Variable Annuity. You can compare costs for more than 1,000 annuity products from other providers by answering 3 simple questions. The calculator will alert you to any surrender charges you might incur by leaving your current provider.

*Product guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

**Source: Morningstar, Inc., as of December 2016. The Vanguard Variable Annuity has an average expense ratio of 0.52%, versus the annuity industry average of 2.26%; excludes fees for optional riders. Actual expense ratios for the Vanguard Variable Annuity range from 0.40% to 0.71%, depending on the investment allocation. The expense ratio includes an administrative fee of 0.10% and a mortality and expense risk fee of 0.19%. The expense ratio excludes additional fees that would apply if the Return of Premium death benefit rider or Secure Income (Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit) rider is elected. In addition, contracts with balances under $25,000 are subject to a $25 annual maintenance fee.


This material was prepared for general distribution. It is being provided for informational purposes only and should not be viewed as an investment recommendation. If you need advice regarding your particular investment needs, contact a financial professional.
Variable annuities are long-term vehicles designed for retirement purposes and contain underlying investment portfolios that are subject to market fluctuation, investment risk, and possible loss of principal. If you take withdrawals from a variable annuity prior to age 59½, you may have to pay ordinary income tax plus a 10% federal penalty tax.

Investments in bond funds are subject to interest rate, credit, and inflation risk.

For more information about Vanguard Variable Annuity products, visit or call 800-806-3769 to obtain fund and variable annuity contract prospectuses. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information about the products are contained in the prospectuses; read and consider them carefully before investing.

Before making the decision to switch to another annuity, including the Vanguard Variable Annuity, you should consider all costs—such as annual maintenance fees, surrender charges, fees for optional riders and death benefits—and the financial strength of the insurance carrier.

The Vanguard Variable Annuity is a flexible-premium variable annuity issued by Transamerica Premier Life Insurance Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (NAIC No. 66281), and in New York State only, by Transamerica Financial Life Insurance Company, Harrison, New York (NAIC No. 70688). Form No. VVAP U 1101 (in Florida, Form No. VVAP U 1101 (FL), in Oregon, Form No. VVAP U 1101 (OR) (R), and in New York, VVA NY 0208(R13)), without agent representation. Policy and rider form numbers may vary by state and may not be available in all states. The Vanguard Group administers the Vanguard Variable Annuity for the issuer. Its variable annuity and investment costs rank among the lowest in the industry, according to Morningstar, Inc., December 2016. The Vanguard Group, Transamerica Premier Life Insurance Company, and Transamerica Financial Life Insurance Company do not provide tax advice. Investors are encouraged to consult a tax advisor for information on how annuity taxation applies to their individual situations.

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