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I write extensively about retirement income matters and am often quoted in the national press and sometimes appear on the radio or TV.

One step forward, one step back In my last annuity update at the end of February I was upbeat about the annuities and the opening sentence was “Annuities are coming out of the doldrums as rates rise are rising on the back of increased bond yields.” Just over a month later the wind has been taken out of my sails as gilt and bond yields have fallen resulting in lower annuity ra ...

Annuity comparator makes it easier to shop around From 1 March 2018 every firm issuing guaranteed annuity quotes must comply with new rules set out in the FCA’s policy statement PS17/12. In simple terms, firms will need to ask customers for their consent to use personal information in order to produce an annuity comparator. The annuity comparator is simply a new type of annui ...

Over the last few weeks we have been busy reviewing many of the pension drawdown plans we have arranged for our clients looking to see how they have weathered the recent the recent fall in global equity prices. The recent market correction was not a full-blown crash, probably not even a mini crash, just a short-term reaction to the possibility of an overheated US economy. We t ...

How should we react when there is an unexpected downturn in financial markets? This question was probably being asked by many advisers and their clients as global equity markets fell in the first weeks of February. At the time of writing, the fall in equity prices at the beginning of February appears to be a relatively small correction and far from a full-blown crash. The lat ...

Will 2018 be the year of the annuity after all? At the beginning of last year I asked the question; “Was 2017 going to be the year of annuity after several years of decline in rates and popularity”. In early January 2018 I reported “annuities are still in the doldrums and there are few signs that things will improve significantly in the next few months”. However by the 2nd we ...

Was 2017 the year of the annuity? – no it wasn’t When I wrote an annuity update for Professional Adviser in January 2017 I posed the question “Will 2017 be the ‘Year of the Annuity’?” [https://www.retirement-planner.co.uk/228904/228904] This was because it seemed that annuities might improve and there would be renewed interest in annuities. Now, nearly one year later I can lo ...

Annuity conversation - 

My faith in annuities has been restored following a brilliant call from a perspective client.

Recently, I received a call from a client who was researching the market for annuities and his interest and knowledge of the issues convinced me there is a strong case for annuities in the right circumstances.

Annuities - life after pension freedoms There are few people who like or understand annuities as much as I do, but that doesn’t stop me casting a critical eye over the annuity market. I hope I have been consistent with my support and criticisms of annuities over the last 25 years and I can sum up my view in one sentence: “There is a strong case for securing a guaranteed incom ...

With interest rates on the rise, annuity rates should increase as well.

But the question is by how much and when?

I am not in the business of making predictions of what the future holds for Brexit, but I think it is important to ask ourselves, and our clients, if we think the Brexit glass is half full or half empty because this will influence our approach to retirement advice.

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