An income rider is a critical consideration. It allows you to choose insurance for the husband and/or the wife (some carriers will insurance both partners). Remember, the reason you would buy this would be for retirement. Consequently, it is the best time to buy a joint and survivor annuity.
Buying A Joint & Survivor Annuity
Annuity payments are received over one’s lifetime and another individual’s lifetime. The annuity issuer promises to pay an amount on a periodic basis (monthly, quarterly, or yearly). The amount received for each payment period will be the same while at least one person is alive. If it is a husband and wife and the husband passes away, for example, than the wife continues to get the same income stream.