Q. On several occasions, you have stated that taking your Voluntary Contributions account as additional annuity (which pays about 7 percent to 8 percent depending on age) is not such a good deal compared to investing the money and taking the investment earnings. But would you say that it is a very good deal compared to using the account to purchase an annuity from an insurance company which pays way less than 7 percent to 8 percent (say 3 percent)?
A. It would depend upon the specifics of the annuity you’re considering and your circumstances. It’s impossible to give a responsible answer to such a general question.