Annuity sales rise 22% at L&G

Individual annuity sales jumped 22 per cent last year at Legal and General, latest results show. Bucking a wider market trend of falling sales since the pension freedoms, the insurer put part of the spike down to “increased intermediary presence”. FCA data shows annuity sales from October 2015 to March 2016 for those accessing their pots for the first time …

Retirement ProfessionalsAnnuity sales rise 22% at L&G

FCA fines Standard Life Assurance £30m over annuity sales failures

Standard Life has been fined £30.7 million by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over failures in selling non-advised annuities. The regulator took action against Standard Life Assurance, now owned by closed-book pension provider Phoenix, over enhanced annuity sales between July 2008 and May 2016. ‘Standard Life Assurance failed to put in place adequate controls to monitor the quality of the …

Retirement ProfessionalsFCA fines Standard Life Assurance £30m over annuity sales failures

Canada Life buys Retirement Advantage

Annuity specialist Retirement Advantage has been bought out by Canada Life for an undisclosed sum. Retirement Advantage, which also operates in the equity release market, has more than 30,000 customers and more than £2bn in assets under management. This includes a £1.5bn block of in-payment annuities. Canada Life UK executive vice-president and chief executive Doug Brown said: “Canada Life has …

Retirement ProfessionalsCanada Life buys Retirement Advantage

What an annuity costs and where to buy it

If you’re looking to purchase a life-long income with your pension savings, there’s a lot to think about when making the irreversible decision about where to put your money. Where can you find a good annuity? How much do they cost? Where to buy First of all, your pension provider may offer their own annuity six months before you retire, …

Retirement ProfessionalsWhat an annuity costs and where to buy it

Chancellor under pressure to scrap 25% tax free lump sum

Chancellor George Osborne is facing increasing pressure to scrap the 25% tax-free lump sum people can take out of the pension pots ahead of next month’s Budget. Currently people can access 25% of their pension pots tax-free in a single lump sum when they reach 55. Think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs recently proposed the tax-free lump sum should …

Retirement ProfessionalsChancellor under pressure to scrap 25% tax free lump sum

Second-hand annuities – Pro’s and Con’s

The government has stated that from 2017 pensioners will be able to sell their annuities for a lump sum. This would extend pension freedoms to those who’ve already bought a guaranteed income. But can it really work? We wonder… When pension freedom arrived in April 2015, many people missed out. Those who had already bought a guaranteed income no longer …

Retirement ProfessionalsSecond-hand annuities – Pro’s and Con’s