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Subject:  Are there alternatives to variable annuities? Date:  4/21/1998  5:59 PM
Author:  amablaza Number:  2968 of 75335

Does anyone know of an "umbrella" investment vehicle that:
(1) will accept a lump sum contribution all at once;
(2) will accommodate self-directed stock portfolios;
(3) can keep its annual fees and charges to 1.5% or less;
(4) is targetted for accumulating retirement funds; and
(5) will receive tax-deferred treatment on its earnings?

I have ruled out variable annuities due to their high fees. I have also been told that variable annuity monies can only be invested in mutual funds. Is this true?
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