Method and apparatus for providing retirement income benefits

  • US 7,089,201 B1
  • Filed: 09/24/1999
  • Issued: 08/08/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/25/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computerized method for administering a variable annuity benefit plan having a guaranteed minimum payment feature, and for periodically determining the amount of a current benefit payment to be made to a beneficiary under the plan, comprising the steps of:

  • a) storing data relating to a variable annuity account, including data relating to an account value, a guaranteed minimum payment, an assumed investment rate, a payout term and a period of benefit payments;

    b) determining an initial benefit payment amount;

    c) periodically determining an amount of a current benefit payment to be made under the plan, and comparing the amount determined with the guaranteed minimum payment;

    d) adjusting the amount of the periodically determined current benefit payment upwardly to the guaranteed minimum payment if the periodically determined amount is less than the guaranteed minimum payment;

    e) maintaining a cumulative total of actual payments made under the benefit plan;

    f) adjusting the amount of the periodically determined current benefit payment downwardly if the periodically determined amount is greater than the guaranteed minimum payment, and the cumulative total of actual payments exceeds a cumulative total of the initial payment and the periodically determined current benefit payments; and

    g) paying the adjusted amount of the current benefit payment to the beneficiary.

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