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Annuity options

A basic annuity will stop making payments when the policyholder dies. In order to protect against the risk of losing out if the annuitant dies before getting a good return on the investment, or losing out to inflation, annuities have a number of options. These include; joint life, guaranteed income periods, value protection and escalation.

A single life annuity pays the highest income but stops on your death. If you are married consider the joint life option because if you die first your pension will continue to your spouse at the percentage selected:

Most annuities are guaranteed for 5 years, but 10 years is often used instead of a joint life annuity:

It is natural to want the highest income initially, but it is important to consider a rising income to protect your income from the effects of inflation:

You can choose how often your annuity is paid:

Payments can be at the begining of the period (in advance) or at the end of the period (in arrears)

Open Market Option

Don't forget you don't have to take the annuity offered by your existing pension provider becuase you can shop around on the open market to get the best annuity in the market.

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