How can SecureDesigns® help me save for retirement?

Tax-deferred Accumulation

Build an investment portfolio tailored to your risk profile and financial goals from nearly 90 well-known underlying investment options.

SecureDesigns offers investment options from some of the industry’s most highly regarded money managers. This expertise can help diversify your portfolio according to your unique wealth accumulation objectives and risk tolerance — from conservative to aggressive.1

Choose to manage your own assets, work with a trusted financial professional, or work with a third party investment adviser firm to provide account oversight (there are generally fees associated with third party firms).

Unlike fixed rate products such as a fixed annuity, you have the ability to participate in the market, which means greater potential for returns that can help meet or outpace the rate of inflation. Your allocations will fluctuate according to the performance of the underlying fund and, may lose value.

The Power of Tax Deferral

Benefit from compounding on 100% of your gains by deferring taxes on the returns of your investment, you can benefit in two ways:

  1. Tax-free growth – your gains are not taxed until withdrawal, which means 100% of those gains are compounding over time.
  2. As a retirement savings vehicle, many typically wait to take withdrawals until they’re in retirement. For many Americans, that’s a time when they may be in a lower tax bracket.

While qualified plans like a 401(k) or IRAs can also offer the advantage of tax deferral, you do have contribution limits. With SecureDesigns, you can invest as much as $1 million and potentially more into your contract.

Below is an example of how a tax-deferred portfolio can help accumulate wealth faster than a similar portfolio that’s been taxed along the way. This example shows 43% more growth on a tax-deferred portfolio over a taxable portfolio.

The Power of Tax Deferral

SOURCE: First Security Benefit Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York, July 1, 2020. The example above assumes an initial investment of $100,000 with investment earnings of 8% and a federal income tax rate and short-term capital gains tax of 24% and does not reflect the effect of any state taxes. These returns are hypothetical and in no way relate to the actual performance of any investment. The investment return on any particular product may differ substantially. Tax rates and tax treatment of earnings may impact comparative results. The example does not reflect the deduction of the SecureDesigns annuity fees including, mortality and expense risk charge ranging from 0.60% to 0.85%, withdrawal charge ranging from 0-7% over 7 years, annual administration charge of 0.15%, underlying fund expenses, or optional rider fees. The example does not reflect the deduction of any fund expenses within the taxable account. If such fees were deducted, the values illustrated in the tax-deferred and taxable accounts could be reduced. It is important to note that while taxes on amounts invested in an annuity are deferred until withdrawn, upon withdrawal, tax-deferred performance would be reduced by income taxes on gains. Withdrawals are subject to ordinary income tax and, if made prior to age 59½, may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty tax. Conversely, earnings from investments that do not offer tax deferral are taxed currently, and withdrawals from such an investment are not subject to the penalty tax. Lower maximum tax rates on capital gains and dividends would make the return of the taxable investment more favorable, thereby reducing the difference in performance between the accounts shown. Some situations such as your personal investment horizon and income tax brackets (both current and anticipated), changes in tax rates and tax treatment of investment earnings may impact the results of this comparison. Each person’s situation is different, so these and other considerations must be taken into account when making an investment decision. For illustrative purposes, an income tax and short-term capital gains tax rate of 24% has been used; however, a person’s tax rate will likely change over the course of a 20-year period.

What if I want more flexibility?

Everyone’s financial situation is unique. SecureDesigns lets you tailor the product to fit your financial needs and risk profile. As an investment-oriented variable annuity, you benefit from the contract’s low cost and diverse investment options. But, you have optional features available (at an additional cost) if you want added protection or flexibility:

  1. Annual stepped up death benefit
  2. 4% Extra Credit Enhancement
  3. Waiver of Withdrawal Charges for unexpected hardships (nursing home; disability, terminal illness)
  4. Shorter Withdrawal Charge periods

Talk to your financial professional to see whether the SecureDesigns Variable Annuity can complement your retirement portfolio.

1 Diversification does not assure a profit.


You should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the investment options available under the variable annuities offered. You may obtain a prospectus and/or summary prospectus that contains this and other information about the investment options or variable annuity by calling our Service Center at 800.888.2461. You should read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before investing. Investing in variable annuities involves risk and there is no guarantee of investment results.

Annuities are long term investments suitable for retirement investing. 

Annuities are not insured by the FDIC or otherwise insured or guaranteed by the Federal government or any of its agencies. They are not obligations of or guaranteed by, any bank, savings and loan or credit union.

Annuities are issued by First Security Benefit Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York (FSBL), Albany, NY. Variable annuities are distributed by Security Distributors, an affiliate of FSBL. The SecureDesigns® Variable Annuity (form FSB236 (10-10)) is a flexible premium deferred variable annuity issued by FSBL.

Neither FSBL nor Security Distributors is a fiduciary and the information provided is not intended to be investment advice. This information is general in nature and intended for use with the general public. For additional information, including any specific advice or recommendations, please visit with your financial professional.

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