Live Strategy

Case Study

Challenge: Client wants income certainty while retaining growth potential in retirement

Case Profile:

  • Client age 50-80
  • Has money to be devoted to an income strategy
  • Will start income within 10 years
  • Does not plan to access money for one-time needs
  • Wants to help ensure growth until retirement and retain growth potential after


If it goes up, it gets locked down

To implement a Live Strategy to help clients live in retirement with guaranteed withdrawals and growth potentional, clients purchase a ForeRetirement variable annuity and elect the Daily +4, Daily +5, Daily 6, or Daily 7 withdrawal benefit for an additional charge.

With the Live Strategy:

  • The Withdrawal Base retains growth potential through performance-based step-ups, which will be applied daily, until age 95, when applicable.
  • A Deferral Bonus applied annually to the Withdrawal Base for up to 15 years or until first withdrawal, if sooner.
  • Guaranteed lifetime withdrawals for retirement as a percentage of the Withdrawal Base at first withdrawal, based on age upon initiation.



Daily +4 and Daily +5 credit a 4% or 5% Deferral Bonus to the Withdrawal Base, respectively, every applicable year in addition to any daily step-ups it may have received.  

With Daily 6 and Daily 7, clients receive the move favorable of daily step-up increases in a year or the Deferral Bonus.  A 6% or 7% Deferral Bonus, respectively, prevails in years when daily step-ups have resulted in less benefit growth. The Deferral Bonus will not apply in years when daily step-ups exceed the Deferral Bonus amount.

* Minimum issue age values by optional benefit.

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All products and optional benefits are subject to state and firm approval and variations.

Variable annuities offer tax-deferral, professionally managed investment options and flexible payouts. Values will fluctuate with investment performance, and the annuity may gain or lose value. Charges and fees will also reduce its value. A standard death benefit is included in the base product. Optional benefits are not available for purchase outside of a variable annuity and may be elected at an additional cost. Suitability and willingness to purchase the variable annuity must be considered prior to the potential benefits of any optional features.

The ForeRetirement Variable Annuity is available in multiple share classes, which each have different fees and charges as described in the prospectus. Financial professionals’ commissions may also differ depending upon the share class selected. You should discuss which share class is right for your clients based on the available options. Important share class considerations include, but are not limited to, investment holding period and investment flexibility.

Daily +4/Daily 6 cost 1.25% annually. Daily +5/Daily 7 costs 1.10%. The charges cannot exceed 2.50%. These optional benefit charges may increase upon any contract anniversary. If an increase is declined, the withdrawal percentage will be decreased by 1% (ex.: 5% to 4%); however, market-based step-ups and Deferral Bonuses, if applicable will continue to be credited.

Taxable distributions (including certain deemed distributions) are subject to ordinary income taxes, and if made prior to age 59½, may also be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Distributions received from a non-qualified contract before the Annuity Commencement Date are taxable to the extent of the income on the contract. Payments from IRAs are taxable in accordance with the normal rules surrounding taxation of payments from an IRA. Early surrender charges may also apply. Withdrawals will reduce the death benefit and any optional guaranteed amounts in an amount more than the actual withdrawal.

Investment requirements apply. Investment options are designed to reduce investment volatility within the portfolios. As a result, clients should anticipate that their contract value normally may not decline in value as much as the overall market in downturns. However, they should also anticipate that their contract value will not normally increase in value to the same extent as the equity or bond markets during market upswings, simultaneously mitigating insurance company risk under the guarantee. If clients are uncomfortable with the inclusion of these fund options in their investment, the optional benefits within ForeRetirement may not be suitable. Withdrawals will reduce the death benefit and any optional guaranteed amounts in an amount more than the actual withdrawal.

This information is written in connection with the promotion or marketing of the matter(s) addressed in this material. The information cannot be used or relied upon for the purpose of avoiding IRS penalties. These materials are not intended to provide tax, accounting or legal advice. As with all matters of a tax or legal nature, you should consult your tax or legal counsel for advice.

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Sale of a variable annuity requires the use of the appropriate prospectus, available through your wholesaler. The prospectus contains detailed information including investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses. Please have your clients read the prospectus carefully before they invest or send money.

Variable annuities are issued by Forethought Life Insurance Company and are underwritten and distributed by Forethought Distributors, LLC.