The two main determinants of the price of a structured settlement annuity are rated ages and annuity rates (pricing). To figure out the best possible solution using a structured settlement you must compare the rated ages with the annuity rates. Annuity rates vary depending on how aggressively a life insurance company is going after business and on market conditions. Most life insurance companies offer what is called daily rates (special pricing) if the premium is $250,000.00 or more.
As an example, take the case of Ed. His highest rated age was from Allstate at fifty-three and $1,000 per month for life with a twenty year guarantee had a cost of $183,812. The second highest rated age at 38 was from Prudential and the same benefits had a cost of $202,374. Mass Mutual had the third highest at 35 and the same benefits had a cost of $212,358. Interestingly though the fourth best price was from Met which had one of the lowest age ratings at 14 but a cost of $216,314 which was lower than quite a few companies that had better age ratings. In some cases the highest age rating may not yield the lowest price as it normally does thus a complete market survey must be done to get the best possible deal for the injury victim.