In the past year, annuities have become more widely accepted as a vital part of a retirement strategy, according to survey by the Insured Retirement Institute and Cogent Research.

Seventy-three percent of annuity owners and 17% of non-owners agreed that annuities are an important part of a retirement strategy, compared to 55% and 8%, respectively a year earlier, according to the survey of investors and financial advisors released at the IRI 2012 Annual Meeting,

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