The battered annuity industry seemed to have found a powerful ally in President Obama’s administration, when the Middle Class Task Force issued a report in January saying the executive branch would work to promote the availability of annuities and other forms of guaranteed income.

Part of that promise was fulfilled Monday, after President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act into law. The legislation includes a provision that allows holders of non-qualified annuities to carve out some of the funds from a deferred annuity and buy an immediate annuity contract with those proceeds. The original deferred annuity will continue to grow and accumulate tax-deferred income. Designated as an offset, it is designed to promote retirement preparedness.

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