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Open-End Funds vs Variable Annuities: What's the Difference?

When it comes to investing, there are a lot of different options to choose from. Two popular choices are open-end funds and variable annuities. But what's the difference between the two?

Open-End Funds

Open-end funds are mutual funds that are not restricted by the number of shares that can be issued. This means that they can be created or redeemed at any time. They are also known as "no-load" funds because there are no sales charges associated with them.

Open-end funds are typically managed by professional money managers who use a variety of investment strategies to try to grow the fund. The goal of most open-end funds is to outperform a specific benchmark, such as the S&P 500.

Open-end funds are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and are required to provide investors with certain information, such as a prospectus.

Variable Annuities

Variable annuities are insurance products that can provide you with a stream of income in retirement. They are called "variable" because the payments you receive can fluctuate based on the performance of the underlying investments.

Most variable annuities have an investment component, which is typically a mix of stocks, bonds, and other securities. The performance of the investment component will determine the payments you receive.

Variable annuities also have a death benefit, which means that your beneficiaries will receive a payout if you die before you start receiving payments.

Variable annuities are regulated by state insurance commissioners and are not required to be registered with the SEC.

The Bottom Line

Open-end funds and variable annuities are both popular investment choices, but they are quite different. Open-end funds are mutual funds that can be created or redeemed at any time and are not restricted by the number of shares that can be issued. Variable annuities are insurance products that can provide you with a stream of income in retirement.

If you're thinking about investing in an open-end fund or a variable annuity, it's important to understand the difference between the two before making a decision.

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