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April 12, 2016

Symetra Introduces Symetra Income Edge Fixed Indexed Annuity with Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit

Latest addition to Symetra’s growing suite of market-leading fixed indexed annuities seeks to combine upside potential, transparency and flexibility
BELLEVUE, Wash.—Symetra Life Insurance Company announced the introduction of Symetra Income Edge, a single premium fixed indexed annuity that includes a lifetime withdrawal benefit that offers withdrawals that can last a lifetime—with upside potential both before and after withdrawals begin.
“Symetra Income Edge is designed for retirement customers who want to dedicate some of their retirement funds to establish a future stream of lifetime income, but don’t want to lose access to those funds if their needs change,” said Dan Guilbert, executive vice president of Symetra’s Retirement Division. “Income Edge differs from many of our competitors by offering growth potential for the future lifetime withdrawals and a more transparent calculation of those lifetime withdrawals. We think advisors and their clients will appreciate those aspects in particular.”
Symetra Income Edge’s guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit provides lifetime withdrawals up to a Maximum Withdrawal Amount each year. The Maximum Withdrawal Amount can never decline due to account performance. Amounts up to the Maximum Withdrawal Amount may be withdrawn annually, regardless of the contract’s remaining value.
Before lifetime withdrawals begin—
  • The Maximum Withdrawal Amount is guaranteed to grow each year for up to 10 years after issue.1
  • As the contract value grows, the future Maximum Withdrawal Amount also increases—even after 10 years. Potential contract value growth is based on the accounts selected—S&P 500® Point-to-Point; JPM ETF EfficienteSM 5 Point-to-Point; Fixed Account.
After lifetime withdrawals begin—
Once ready to begin lifetime withdrawals, a client has two options:
  • Level withdrawals—Guaranteed, level amount for life. Designed for those wanting a higher first year Maximum Withdrawal Amount and the certainty of knowing they will receive the same amount each year.
  • Index-linked withdrawals—Guaranteed withdrawals for life with potential for increases each year. Designed for those concerned about inflation eroding their purchasing power over time and wanting to give their Maximum Withdrawal Amount opportunities for future growth.
  • Contract value continues to earn interest (if applicable) based on the performance of the selected accounts.
  • In the event of an unexpected need, any remaining contract values may be accessed (charges may apply), but this will reduce the future Maximum Withdrawal Amount.
  • Even if the contract value falls to zero, lifetime withdrawals continue.
Income Edge is designed for the long term, but should circumstances change clients have multiple ways to access funds, including:
  • Free annual withdrawals of up to 10% of the contract value.
  • Nursing home and hospitalization waiver.
  • Death benefit.
  • Annuitization any time after the first 12 months of the contract.
For more information about Symetra Income Edge or any of Symetra’s fixed indexed annuities, call the Symetra Retirement Sales Desk at 1-800-706-0700.
About Symetra
Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit
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Symetra Income Edge is an individual single-premium fixed indexed deferred annuity with a market value adjustment feature. In Oregon, Symetra Income Edge is issued as an individual single-premium indexed fixed deferred annuity with a market value adjustment feature. Annuities are issued by Symetra Life Insurance Company, 777 108th Avenue NE, Suite 1200, Bellevue, WA 98004. Contract form number is RSC-0415 1/14 in most states. In Oregon, contract form number is RSC-0415/OR/NQ2 1/14. The Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit Rider form number is ICC15_RE1 in most states. Product and rider are not available in all U.S. states or any U.S. territory. Terms and conditions may vary.
A rider is a provision of the annuity with additional costs, potential benefits and features that should never be confused with the annuity itself.
There is an annual percentage charge for the Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit Rider (“Rider”) based on the contract value on the date the charge is calculated. The Rider provides a guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit (“GLWB”) during the life of the Covered Person(s) while the Rider is in effect. You may terminate the Rider after the fifth interest term. Once you terminate the Rider it may not be reinstated. We will assess and deduct the GLWB Rider charge until the Rider is terminated. Changing the Owners, Annuitants or Beneficiaries may cause the Rider to terminate or adversely affect the benefits of the Rider. A change in marital status after you purchase this Contract may adversely affect the benefits of the Rider. Taking Excess Withdrawals could reduce future benefits under the Rider by more than the dollar amount of the Excess Withdrawals.
Annuity contracts have terms and limitations for keeping them in force. Please call your insurance producer or advisor for complete details.
Guarantees and benefits are subject to the claims-paying ability of Symetra Life Insurance Company.
Symetra Income Edge has fixed and indexed accounts. Interest credited to the indexed accounts is affected by the value of outside indexes. Values based on the performance of any index are not guaranteed. The contract does not directly participate in any outside investment.
If the contract is being funded with multiple purchase payments, e.g. 1035 exchanges, funds will be held and the contract will not be issued until all purchase payments have been received. Interest is not credited between the dates the purchase payments are received and the date the contract is issued.
Except for the JPMorgan ETF Efficiente 5 Index, the performance of an index does not reflect the payment or reinvestment of dividends.
The S&P 500 Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“SPDJI”), and has been licensed for use by Symetra Life Insurance Company (SLIC). Standard & Poor’s®, S&P® and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and its affiliates and sublicensed for certain purposes by SLIC. Symetra Income Edge is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates, and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product(s) nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P 500 Index.
The JPMorgan ETF EfficienteSM 5 (“Index”) has been licensed to Symetra Life Insurance Company (the “Licensee”) for the Licensee’s benefit. Neither the Licensee nor Symetra Income Edge (the “Product”) is sponsored, operated, endorsed, recommended, sold or promoted by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (“JPMS”) or any of its affiliates (together and individually, “JPMorgan”). JPMorgan makes no representation and gives no warranty, express or implied, to contract owners in or those otherwise taking exposure to the Product. Such persons should seek appropriate professional advice before making any investment. The Index has been designed and is compiled, calculated, maintained and sponsored by JPMS without regard to the Licensee, the Product or any contract owner. JPMorgan is under no obligation to continue compiling, calculating, maintaining or sponsoring the Index. JPMorgan may independently issue or sponsor other indices or products that are similar to and may compete with the Index and the Product. JPMorgan may also transact in assets referenced in the Index (or in financial instruments such as derivatives that reference those assets). These activities could have a positive or negative effect on the value of the Index and the Product.
If the MVA reference rate is not published for a particular day, then Symetra willuse the MVA reference rate as of the prior business day. If the MVA reference rate is no longer available or discontinued, then Symetra may substitute another comparable method for determining the MVA reference rate.
Withdrawals may be subject to federal income taxes, and a 10% IRS early withdrawal tax penalty may also apply for amounts taken prior to age 59½. Consult your attorney or tax advisor for more information.
Tax-qualified accounts such as IRAs, 401(k)s, etc. are tax deferred regardless of whether or not they are funded with an annuity. If you are considering funding a tax-qualified retirement plan or account with an annuity, you should know that an annuity does not provide any additional tax-deferred treatment of earnings beyond the tax-qualified plan or program itself. However, annuities do provide other features and benefits such as death benefits and annuity payment options.
The guaranteed minimum value (GMV) upon surrender, annuitization, or death is 87.5% of the purchase payment accumulated at the nonforfeiture rate each year, less any prior withdrawals and partial annuitizations accumulated at the nonforfeiture rate each year. Nonforfeiture rate varies by contract issue date and is not redetermined after issue. Current nonforfeiture rate: 1.00%. Rates are subject to change without notice.
This is not a complete description of Symetra Income Edge. Please ask your insurance producer or advisor for a copy of the Contract Summary describing Symetra Income Edge for a more complete description.
1 Assuming no withdrawals prior to the date lifetime withdrawals begin.
Symetra® is a registered service mark of Symetra Life Insurance Company.


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