AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, a pioneer in retirement savings strategies, has launched Investment Edge, a variable annuity offering a 3-D approach to long-term investing focused on diversification, deferral and distribution.

The innovative features of Investment Edge offer clients:

  • Diversification through a comprehensive suite of over 120+ investment options, such as alternative investments, sector funds and ETFs. Investment Edge also offers 38 simple, pre-packaged portfolios to meet a client’s individual investment objectives or to target a specific asset class.
  • Deferral through tax-deferred asset growth potential. When using Investment Edge for asset accumulation opportunities, clients receive the benefit of income tax deferral. This enables their assets to potentially grow more quickly through the power of compounding – the ability of an asset to generate earnings, which are then reinvested in order to generate their own earnings.
  • Distribution of withdrawals based on a variety of customizable, tax-efficient options. Investment Edge features the flexibility to access distributions in multiple ways, including the ability to take payments that are only partially taxed.

Nick Lane, head of AXA Equitable’s US Life and Retirement business, said: "American savers are playing defense against the trifecta of tax code changes, market volatility and prolonged low interest rates – all conditions that affect savings as well as investments and hinder their retirement preparedness. We believe the three-dimensional approach of Investment Edge helps protect against these vulnerabilities by offering a cost-effective way to maximize investment diversification while minimizing tax exposure. We are proud of our reputation as an innovator in the retirement industry, and Investment Edge is the next new category for our customers."