GuaranteeShield 5

GuaranteeShield 5

Product Name

GuaranteeShield 5

Annuity Type

Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity

Issuing Insurance Company and Ratings

American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company - View details

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(7th of 20 ratings)
Not Rated
(7th of 21 ratings)
(percentile of rated companies)

Product Information

The GuaranteeShield 5 is a deferred multi-year guarantee annuity issued by American Equity Investment Life Ins Co.

This annuity is a premium banded product. The interest rate you earn will vary depending on the amount of premium you deposit (see Rate Details below). Currently, the highest 5 year guarantee period annual yield is 5.25% on premium amounts of $249,999.01 – See Notes.  This is the guaranteed annual yield, including bonuses if applicable, for the initial guarantee period term, up to the first penalty free full withdrawal window. The GuaranteeShield 5 has a full penalty free withdrawal window after 5 years.

During the time in which the annuity is subject to surrender penalties, there are policy provisions that allow partial access on a penalty free basis. Beginning in the second contract year, this annuity provides up to 10% (noncumulative) of the contract value as the penalty free withdrawal amount that may be withdrawn from the annuity each contract year.

This annuity also waives withdrawal penalties upon death. Your named beneficiary(ies) will receive a death benefit equal to the full accumulation value. A beneficiary may choose to receive their death benefit in either a lump sum or select an available annuitization option.

Details on additional penalty waivers can be found in the Penalty Free Withdrawal Provisions section below.

American Equity Investment Life Ins Co is rated “A-” by A.M. Best, was founded in 1980, and has over $60.4 billion in total assets.

Rate Details

Nov 16th, 2022
Not Scheduled
5 years

Premium Amount: $249,999.01 - See Notes High-Band

5 Year Guarantee Period Annual Yield: 5.25%
Interest rate start of year 1 through end of year 5: 5.25%

Premium Amount: $99,999.01 - $249,999 Mid-Band

5 Year Guarantee Period Annual Yield: 5.20%
Interest rate start of year 1 through end of year 5: 5.20%

Premium Amount: $10,000 - $99,998.01 Low-Band

5 Year Guarantee Period Annual Yield: 4.85%
Interest rate start of year 1 through end of year 5: 4.85%

Initial Surrender Charge and MVA Periods

Early Surrender Charges: 5 years
Market Value Adjustment (MVA): 5 years
Penalty Free Full Withdrawal Window Available After: 5 years

State variations may exist, refer to product disclosure for details. 

Other Guarantee Periods Available


Policy Details

Min Premium Non-Qualified: $10,000
Max Premium Non-Qualified: See Notes
Max Issue Age Non-Qualified: 85
Rate Lock on Transfers: Varies
Death Benefit: Accumulation Value

Min Premium Qualified: $10,000
Max Premium Qualified: See Notes
Max Issue Age Qualified: 85
Subject to MVA: Yes
Income Rider Available: No

Penalty Free Withdrawal Provisions

First Year Withdrawals: None
Cumulative Withdrawals: No
Penalty Waivers: Death, Nursing Home and Terminal Illness

Years 2+ Withdrawals: 10%
RMD Friendly: Yes

See product brochure, disclosure and riders for additional details, limitations and availability. State variations, age restrictions and holding periods may apply.

State Variations

Not available in:  NY (as of 09/07/2022)