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Annuities

A balanced view of annuities and drawdown What is this all about? – Explaining the difference between annuities and drawdown. Why is it important? – converting your pension pot into cash and income is important and you should analysis all the options, not just the one you like at first sight. What is the point? – A financial adviser will give you a balanced view but if you ...

Many people think they don’t need advice and end up making their own decisions without my help.

Why should I worry about this? After all grown-ups have the freedom to make their own financial decisions and make their own mistakes.

I worry because many people may be sleep walking into a danger zone where they may suffer a financial shock which will leave them seriously short of money in retirement.

A scandal or a cock up? This is the question I ask myself when I hear about Prudential’s £23 million fine for failures relating to non-advised annuities sales. This follows Standard Life’s £ 30 million fine in July 2019. As with most high profile public cases, there is a bit of both. First, I declare an interest as I have formally and informally helped both companies in the pas ...

I recently read a good article about non-advised annuity commissions and I think it is helpful to investigate the issue of non-advised versus advised annuities. I have been on both sides of the fence I start by saying that I have seen both sides of the fence and both advised and non-advised annuity services should result in the client getting the highest possible annuity income ...

Blow for pensioners as bond market rally hits annuities This was the headline for a story in the Financial Times – see - Blow for pensioners as bond market rally hits annuities These are the notes I provided for the FT Annuities are very expensive Annuities are very expensive at the moment which is another way of saying the rates are very low. The reason is simple; gilt and b ...

Annuities; legalised theft or best way to convert capital into income? We have been involved with annuities since they first became a topic of conversation almost 30 years ago. It is probably true to say that before 1990 hardly anyone knew much about annuity but that all changed with the launch of specialist annuity brokers in the early 1990’s such as Annuity Direct which later ...

Annuity or Drawdown? – that is the question It doesn’t matter if you are looking to convert your pension pot into income, considering a DB transfer or running a drawdown plan, one the most questions in financial planning is whether to buy an annuity or invest in a drawdown plan. Before looking at this important question let’s be clear on the terminology. Annuities They are a ty ...

When will annuities bounce back? The market has been waiting a long time for annuities to bounce back from historically low levels but despite a few false dawns, rates have remained stubbornly low. The chart below shows the income from our benchmark annuity* (left axis) and the yield form our benchmark gilt** (right axis) over the last three years. *The benchmark is a £ 10 ...

It is still not the year of the annuity! In January I wrote a piece asking if 2018 was going to be the year of the annuity? For the Chinese, 2018 is the year of the dog but in the UK, annuities have been in the dog house since pension freedoms and they look like remaining in the kennel for sometime to come. The case for annuities is getting stronger There are few people more ...

In last month’s article I said retirement advice doesn’t have to be black or white because there are solutions that bridge the gap between annuities and drawdown. I went on to say that I thought it was difficult to innovate annuities there was plenty of scope to innovate the way advice is delivered. I was very pleased to get a response from Peter Ellis at Just Retirement. He ma ...

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