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<<I am wondering what safeguards or protections I will have once I actually select
an annuity and my company funds same within an insurance company or other entity offering such annuities. What are my risks of
receiving zero after a short period of time? >>

I'm going to assume that you are covered under a qualified plan. (Not a supplemental executive plan )

If you elect to receive a life annuity, you will receive payments until you die. If your company goes out of business, the PBGC (Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation) will assume the responsibility of your benefits. Your company pays an insurance premium every year to the PBGC to guarantee your benefit.

If your company terminates its pension plan, it will buy annuities from an insurance company to cover your benefits. If the insurance company goes out of business, your annuity is covered by the state guaranty association in which the insurance company is located.

So, to answer your question, the risk of receiving zero in a short period of time is very small, as there is much protection from that happening.
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