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Vanguard - Annuities Overview

The Vanguard Variable Annuity.

With a Vanguard Variable Annuity, you can choose from a diverse selection of 17 investment portfolios designed for almost any retirement goal.

Keep more for retirement because the annuity's average annual costs are more than 70% lower than the industry average, and you have guaranteed income options too.*

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Learn more about deferred fixed annuities and immediate fixed annuities available through Vanguard Annuity Access™, powered by the Income Solutions® platform.

This service lets you compare interest and payment rates from multiple well-known insurance companies.


* Source: Morningstar, Inc., as of December 2012. The Vanguard Variable Annuity has an average expense ratio of 0.58%, versus the annuity industry average of 2.28%; excludes fees for optional riders. Actual expense ratios for the Vanguard Variable Annuity range from 0.46% to 0.79%, depending on the investment allocation. The expense ratio includes an administrative fee of 0.10% and a mortality and expense risk fee of 0.195%. The expense ratio excludes additional fees that would apply if the Return of Premium Death Benefit rider or Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit rider is elected. In addition, contracts with balances under $25,000 are subject to a $25 annual maintenance fee.

Variable annuities are long-term investment vehicles designed for retirement purposes. They contain underlying investment portfolios that are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal.

The underlying risks, financial obligations, and support functions associated with the products are the responsibility of the issuing insurance company. The issuing insurance company is responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations.

The Vanguard Variable Annuity is a flexible-premium variable annuity issued by Monumental Life Insurance Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (NAIC No. 66281), and in New York State only, by Transamerica Financial Life Insurance Company, Harrison, New York (NAIC No. 70688). Form No. VVAP U 1101 (in Florida, Form No. VVAP U 1101 (FL), and in New York, VVA NY 0208(R13)). GLWB Rider Form No. RGMB 43 0811 (in Florida, RGMB 43 0811 (SI)(FL), RGMB 43 0811 (JT)(FL), and in New York, RGMB 43 0811 (SI)(NY)(REV), RGMB 43 0811 (JT)(NY)(REV)). Return of Premium Death Benefit Rider Form No. VVA RP 0811 (in Florida, VVA RP 0811 (FL), and in New York, VVA RP 0811 (NY)(REV)) without agent representation. Policy and rider form numbers may vary by state and may not be available in all states. The Vanguard Group administers the Vanguard Variable Annuity for the issuer. Its variable annuity and investment costs rank among the lowest in the industry, according to Morningstar, Inc., December 2012. The Vanguard Group, Monumental Life Insurance Company, and Transamerica Financial Life Insurance Company do not provide tax advice. Investors are encouraged to consult a tax advisor for information on how annuity taxation applies to their individual situations.

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Vanguard Annuity Access is offered in collaboration with Hueler Investment Services, Inc., through the Income Solutions platform. Income Solutions is a registered trademark of Hueler Investment Services, Inc., and used under license. United States Patent No. 7,653,560. Vanguard Annuity Access is provided by Vanguard Marketing Corporation, d/b/a VMC Insurance Services in California.

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