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Retirement used to be firmly established as the final chapter in our life story; education, work, retirement.
This approach and the factors surrounding this period of time have changed significantly. Not only is the transition from work to retirement now a much more individual experience, but the course of retirement is less certain and very much a personal journey with changing objectives throughout.
A guaranteed income for a set period of time, such as a fixed term annuity, could help you support your clients through a number of different stages in their personal retirement journey:
This is a broad list of scenarios; we’ll now focus on one example where a fixed term, guaranteed income could support your clients.
Nowadays it can be difficult to spot where work ends and retirement begins. There is no set retirement date anymore, it’s often a gradual journey. There are now approximately 1.33m people over 65 working in the UK1. That’s doubled from when these figures were first collected in 19922.
Some people may be reducing to part-time hours to enjoy more leisure time, others moving to less demanding roles or leaving paid employment to start up a new business venture or volunteer. All of these steps often mean a reduction in salary, when your clients may still need the same level of income.
A fixed term annuity could help your clients to bridge this income gap:
Although this scenario will trigger the Money Purchase Annual Allowance, for some clients it will still be a very viable option, offering a balance of security, control and more flexibility than you might think.
We can’t predict the future, but with our fixed term annuities your clients have the security of knowing that if their circumstances change, they do have options to access their money.
They have a full surrender feature, so if needed there is the option to cash in the value of their plan3.
Our Fixed Term Retirement Plan offers more flexibility. If the guaranteed minimum payment period is selected for the full term, your client can make up to three withdrawals from the maturity value. This could be used for a variety of reasons, including if they need to make emergency repairs to their home or experience an unexpected life event.
Fixed term annuities can be an effective way of navigating the changes that can occur over the course of a retirement. They offer security and control, and can be used as part of a flexible approach to retirement planning to produce good client outcomes.
Find out more about our fixed term annuity products
Your client will have the option to take up to three withdrawals from the full maturity value if they have selected the guaranteed minimum payment period for the full term. This can be done at any time during the term of the plan, and must be a minimum withdrawal of £5,000 each time (income tax will be deducted). We’ll calculate the impact this has on their maturity value. The value of the underlying assets and interest rates at the time will affect this calculation. We’ll also deduct our administration and dealing costs.
Fixed term annuities do not pay an income for life.
1Employment in the UK: January 2021, ONS
2Employment rate for people aged 65 and above, ONS
3The full surrender feature is only available to clients who have selected the guaranteed minimum payment period for the full term.
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