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Tax-Deferred Growth Potential

Gain the potential for greater wealth through tax-deferral with Investment Edge.

  • Defer current income taxes so your assets potentially grow more quickly.
  • Access investment opportunities such as alternative investments and sector options.
  • Make tax-free exchanges and transfers.
  • Rebalance free of taxes and fees.

The chart below is a hypothetical illustration of the potential advantages of tax-deferred over taxable investments over time. The illustration assumes an annual return of 8% and a tax rate of 33%.

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*Assumes lump-sum withdrawal or distribution.
This hypothetical chart does not represent actual performance of any specific product or investment. Withdrawals of tax-deferred earnings are subject to ordinary income tax. A 10% federal tax may also apply if you take the withdrawal before you reach age 59½. Dividends and sales profits on annually taxed investments are generally taxed at capital gains tax rates, which can be lower than ordinary federal income tax rates. Using capital gains tax rates with the taxed-annually investment would reduce the difference between the taxed-annually and tax-deferred accounts shown above. Please note that this chart excludes expenses associated with Investment Edge, including the administration, distribution and operations fees. Investment Edge charges include 0.70% operations fee, 0.30% Administration fee and 0.20% distribution fee. The withdrawal charge declines from 6% to 3% over five years for the Investment Edge contract. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed and may be subject to an additional 10% federal tax if withdrawn before age 59½. The Investment Edge Select contract has no withdrawal charge. If expenses had been reflected, the tax-deferred amounts would be lower. Consider your personal investment horizon and income tax bracket, both current and anticipated, when making an investment decision. These factors, as well as changes in tax rates and the treatment of investment earnings, may further affect the results of this comparison. Actual results will vary. Rates of return will vary over time, particularly for long term investments. Investments offering the potential for higher rates of return also involve a higher degree of risk.

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Important Note AXA believes that education is a key step toward addressing your financial goals, and we've designed this material to serve simply as an informational and educational resource. Accordingly, the information on this website does not offer or constitute investment advice and makes no direct or indirect recommendation of any particular product or of the appropriateness of any particular investment-related option. Your needs, goals and circumstances are unique, and they require the individualized attention of your financial professional.

“Tax-efficient distributions” refers to options where a portion of the distribution is a return of cost basis and thus excludable from taxes.

What is a variable annuity?

A variable annuity is a tax-deferred financial product designed to allow investors to invest for growth potential and provide income for retirement or other long-term life goals. In essence, an annuity is a contractual agreement in which payment(s) are made to an insurance company, which agrees to pay out income or a lump sum amount at a later date. Variable annuities are subject to market risk including loss of principal. There are fees and charges associated with a variable annuity contract, which include, but are not limited to, operations charges, sales and withdrawal charges and administrative fees. The withdrawal charge declines from 6% to 3% over five years for Investment Edge. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed and may be subject to an additional 10% federal tax if withdrawn before age 59 1/2.

This content is not a complete description of all material provisions of the variable annuity contract. Please click here for the Investment Edge prospectus. The prospectus contains more complete information, including investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, limitations and restrictions.

There are certain contract limitations and restrictions associated with an Investment Edge contract. For costs and complete details of coverage, speak to your financial professional/insurance licensed registered representative. Certain types of contracts, features and benefits may not be available in all jurisdictions. AXA Equitable offers other variable annuity contracts with different fees, charges and features.

If you are purchasing an annuity contract to fund an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or employer sponsored retirement plan, you should be aware that such annuities do not provide tax-deferral benefits beyond those already provided by the Internal Revenue Code. Before purchasing one of these annuities, you should consider whether its features and benefits beyond tax deferral meet your needs and goals. You may also want to consider the relative features and benefits of these annuities with any other investments that you may use in connection with your retirement plan or arrangement.

Not every contract is available through the same selling broker/dealer.

This website was prepared to support the promotion and marketing of AXA Equitable variable annuities. AXA Equitable, its distributors and their respective representatives do not provide tax, accounting or legal advice. Any tax statements contained herein were not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding U.S. federal, state or local tax penalties.

Please consult your own independent advisors as to any tax, accounting or legal statements made herein.

The Investment Edge 15 variable annuity is issued by AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, New York, NY 10104. Co-distributed by affiliates AXA Advisors, LLC and AXA Distributors, LLC. (Members FINRA, SIPC.)

Contract form # ICC13IEBASE1, ICC13IEBASE2 and any state variations.

“AXA” is the brand name of AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC and its family of companies, including AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, AXA Advisors, LLC and AXA Distributors, LLC. AXA S.A. is a French holding company for a group of international insurance and financial services companies, including AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC. The obligations of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company are backed solely by their claims-paying ability.

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