Annuities | Pension Drawdown Company

A Brief Overview of an Annuity

A Pension Annuity is financial product you can buy when you retire and it is a way of converting your pension savings into an income for life.

The main points of a Pension Annuity are:

  • You can take a tax-free lump sum from your plan, normally 25%, and purchase the annuity with the remainder
  • Income guaranteed for life
  • When you die, payments stop, unless you have chosen a joint life annuity or a guaranteed payment period
  • They are simple to understand and give security and peace of mind

The amount of income you are entitled to will depend on the Pension Annuity rate at the time of purchase. The Pension Annuity and its terms are fixed at the outset whereas a Drawdown plan allows you to vary the income payments.

What is the Open Market Option?

The Open Market Option means that when you reach retirement, you do not have to go ahead with the quote you are given by your pension provider. Instead you can shop around and compare different annuity rates to get the best deal to suit your circumstances.

Different types of Annuities

There are many different types of Annuities, including:

  • Conventional Annuities
  • Enhanced annuities and 'impaired life' annuities
  • With Profit & Investment Linked Annuities
  • They are simple to understand and give security and peace of mind

Advantages & Disadvantages of an Annuity

Advantages of a Conventional Annuity

  • Guaranteed income for life
  • No investment risk
  • The choices are simple
  • Provides Security
  • Option to guarantee capital via Pension Annuity Protection

Disadvantages of a Conventional Annuity

  • You must decided what income type you require at the outset
  • You must decide what additional benefits you are going to include at outset
  • You lose ownership of your funds
  • Loss of benefit and capital on death
  • No further benefit from investment growth
  • Annuity rates fluctuate so if you buy when the rate is low your income is fixed at this rate
  • Once an income type is chosen this cannot be changed

INFORMATION IS BASED ON OUR CURRENT UNDERSTANDING OF TAXATION LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS. ANY LEVELS AND BASES OF, AND RELIEFS FROM TAXATION, ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

If you want to learn more about your Pension Options why not contact us or go to the Pension Professor to find out more?

Please note that we are only providing information within these web pages to help you decide what to do, we are not recommending that a transfer is the right thing for you. It is important that you understand the differences between your old and new plans and there will be other factors that affect your decision to transfer. It is important that you make an informed decision so if you are considering a transfer, we strongly recommend that you seek independent financial advice before taking action.

A PENSION IS A LONG TERM INVESTMENT. THE FUND VALUE MAY FLUCTUATE AND CAN GO DOWN. YOUR EVENTUAL INCOME MAY DEPEND ON THE SIZE OF THE FUND AT RETIREMENT, FUTURE INTEREST RATES AND TAX LEGISLATION