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Fixed term annuities

Receive a guaranteed income for a specified term

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So, what is a Fixed Term Annuity?

Let's explain...

  • A fixed term annuity pays a guaranteed income for a specified term, at the end of which you'll be paid a guaranteed amount (called a maturity value), which is agreed when you take out the product.
  • This is generally calculated on your investment size, less any income you receive. Charges are also deducted and any money earned on your invested pension funds is added.
Overview

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Fixed term annuities important information

Here's what you need to know

Advantages

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  • It gives you a guaranteed income for a fixed period of time, while knowing how much money you'll be left with at the end 
  • You can protect your income by taking out death benefit, which continues to pay an income to your partner or spouse after you die, or pays out a lump sum
  • Buying a fixed term annuity gives you the security now with the option of buying another annuity at a later date should rates improve or your circumstances change
  • You can protect your income against inflation, choose a fixed percentage (say 3%) or an index i.e. Retail Price Index (RPI)

Disadvantages

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  • Whilst rates are relatively low at the moment, there is a risk they could get lower
  • Changes in legislation or tax rules could be disadvantageous
  • Potentially better investment returns available elsewhere
  • If you cash in your annuity before the end of the term you may get back significantly less than the guaranteed value
  • You decide how much income to receive each year (though the higher the income, the lower the amount paid at the end of the term)
     
Advice or guidance

What's the difference between advice and guidance

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Advice is given by a professional adviser such as IFAs, financial planners, wealth managers and pension specialists. Advice is regulated by the FCA, protecting you from negligent advice and will give you tailored recommendations for your individual circumstances and ensure that the best option or combination of options for your circumstances is found, even if this goes against what you originally thought to be the best decision for you. Taking advice usually costs money.

Speak to one of our pensions specialists today and see how we can help you find the best income for your pension. We can:

  • Give advice on all types of pensions
  • Maximise your pension income
  • Help you make the best possible use of your hard earned savings

Guidance gives a general overview of the options available on the market for free by highly trained specialists. Guidance services won't tell you what to do with your money and you will need to research the market to find the right products and providers to suit your needs and preferences. There's no protection available, but taking guidance is a good place to start to help you understand the various choices available.

For guidance on your defined contribution pension we recommend Pension Wise, a free government service offering impartial guidance on your pension options.

To book an appointment call 0800 138 3944 8am to 10pm everyday

Pension Wise won't recommend any products or tell you what to do with your money.

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