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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 £ 100,00 ...

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 en ...

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 ...

Fixed term income plans – retirement options do not need to be black or white It seems that every time I go a conference there is someone talking about the need for innovation in retirement income plans. Having watched various product developments over the last 20 year it comes as no surprise to me that the elusive new plan which fits half way between an annuity and drawdown ha ...

It has been 16 months since I started advising clients again after a break of four years. Obviously much has changed after pension freedoms not least that annuities are less popular and drawdown has become the new default at retirement. This is not a problem nor an issue for a good adviser because they will always work out what is the best solution for the client rather than be ...

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 annuity ...

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 week ...

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 look ...

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