Allianz Launches Educational Videos on Annuities

October 24, 2011 ( - Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America has launched an animated three-video series that explains today’s annuities.

In The ABCs of Annuities series, each three- to five-minute segment explores a separate topic: Retirement Realities, Annuity Basics, and Annuity Myths and Truths. The animated videos address why it’s important to take an active role in planning for retirement, how annuities can fit into a well-rounded retirement plan, and how today’s annuities have evolved from those in the past.  

Allianz’ Reclaiming the Future study found that for the second year in a row, boomers by nearly a four to one margin remain more attracted to guarantees for their retirement savings versus potential high returns with market risk (see Boomers Desire Guarantees More than High Returns).  

However, according to Katie Libbe, Vice President of Consumer Insights at Allianz Life, annuities face a number of misperceptions. More than half of the respondents in the Allianz Life study expressed distaste for the word “annuity”—even after describing an annuity-like product as their ideal financial vehicle. Moreover, annuities continue to be seen as very confusing, and many people admitted their opinions were formed 10 to 20 years ago, and that they hadn’t researched annuities since.  

To access The ABCs of Annuities, visit