An interesting wrinkle: RMDs and Deferred Annuities

Q: Last year I purchased a deferred annuity in my IRA. My insurance company recently sent me a statement reminding me that I need to take a required minimum distribution before year-end. They included the amount of my RMD and I was shocked to discover that it is significantly higher after buying the annuity than it was before the annuity. I called my broker and he assured me the higher RMD was correct. I’ve been paying RMDs for several years, but I have never seen anything like this. What’s going on?
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