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Rodney Dangerfield Portrait Session
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - 1987: Comedian and film star Rodney Dangerfield poses during a 1987 Beverly Hills, California, photo portrait session to promote his return to Las Vegas. Dangerfield starred in several hit movies including, "Caddyshack," "Easy Money," and "Back to School." He died of heart complications in 2004. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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Jane Bryant Quinn, legendary financial journalist and author of How to Make Your Money Last, explains why many people believe that annuities are the "Rodney Dangerfield" of investments.

The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield was famous for his self-disparaging one-liners and his catchphrase "I don't get no respect."

The reason that Quinn says annuities get no respect is that potential buyers are afraid they'll be a sucker if they buy one. They'll give money to an insurance company in return for a lifetime stream of income, but if they die soon afterward, they'll have recovered hardly any of the annuity's cost.

The type of annuity Quinn recommends is the plain-vanilla version known as an immediate-pay annuity or immediate annuity.