Glossary of Terms for Secondary Market Annuities

C.O.L.A. (cost of living adjustment)

The Cost Of Living Adjustment can be a component of Secondary Market Annuities, providing for a yearly inflation linked adjustment to income streams usually at a predetermined fixed rate of Interest.


On our site we mean the purchase price of a given structure.

Priced as of

For our “Pre-Order” cases, contracts take a little longer to settle than a primary contract. Timing varies so we price a little in the future to ensure both buyer and seller are ready to close at the same time.

“In Stock” inventory can settle completely in as little as 24 hours.

Primary Issued Annuity

An annuity purchased directly from an insurance or annuity company (online or through a broker).

Primary Reassignment

A change in ownership of an actual primary annuity contract; no court order required.


The original annuity company or insurance company responsible for making payments.


Rate is the Internal Rate of return expressed as an effective yield. This is also known as the discount rate, the rate required to balance the investment and the total return over time.


The total or aggregate payments you will receive over the life of the annuity, not accounting for any interest or reinvestments.

SMA (Secondary Market Annuity)

SMA’s are created when the rights to receive specific future payments that originate from an existing annuity contract become available for purchase. It is not and insurance product nor and insurance contract.


All SMA Hub payments are collected by a servicing agency on your behalf and forwarded to a bank of your choice.

Status - In Stock

The traditional way of selling SMAs is fraught with delays and a significant potential for fallout. These complications are caused by failure to receive court approval and failure to meet due diligence. The SMA Hub In Stock SMA has already received court approval and has also met our stringent due diligence process. It is immediately available to your client, off the shelf.

Status - Pre Order

The court date is set and due diligence is pending.  Purchasers reserving on a “Pre-Order” basis should be aware that the case may not be approved or due diligence may uncover issues that prevent the case from closing.  The purchaser should be aware that there is risk of falling out and should be prepared to select a replacement in that scenario.  There is no cost if a case falls out, other than time lost.

Status - Reserved

Reserved” cases are spoken for, however they may drop out.  Please let us know if the payment stream fits, as we do accept backup positions and so that we can find a similar payment stream for you.


The term, in years, of the final payment on any given contract. The exact date on any given structure can be viewed in the cash flow section by clicking “+” to show precise payment details.

  • What Are SMAs?

  • The Benefits of SMAs

  • SMA Hub Difference

Annuities are financial products that pay out a fixed stream of income to individuals, usually retirees. The money comes from a substantial lump sum or monthly payments put into the annuity during the accumulation phase. Once payments commence at a specified date, the contract enters the annuitization phase.

Secondary market annuities originate from existing annuities that become available for purchase. They offer fixed-term payment streams, up to several decades long, from top-quality insurance carriers.

SMAs could be the right fit for your client’s profile if he or she is looking for above-average returns with relatively low risk. Investors must also have enough resources to tie up funds in this illiquid investment.

SMAs offer many of the same benefits as primary market annuities—including payment certainty and a guaranteed yield—without all the restrictions associated with insurance contracts. While insurance products often translate to low returns for the investor, SMAs routinely provide yields 1-4% higher than comparable original issue annuities at a lower cost and without introducing a high level of risk.

SMA Hub is far from merely a “middleman” in the process of transferring structured settlement cash flows. We acquire original issue annuities in their entirety using an independent business trust. Then, our experienced, on-staff attorney navigates the complexities of transitioning the financial product into a secondary market annuity.

Only once the review process is complete and the sale of the payment stream has been court-approved do we list SMAs in our inventory. This adds additional layers of protection to your practice and ultimately your clients. By the time you see SMAs for sale on our website, all due diligence has been performed. Therefore, you can expect to close your client’s case within 24 to 48 hours, pending liquidity of funds.

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