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From Your Industry| Oct 29, 2014

Standard Life platform assets under administration up 15%

Standard Life sees annuity sales plummet 55 per cent.

Oct 28, 2014

‘Fair value buyouts’ pitched for trapped annuitants

Annuity providers dismiss proposals to offer get-out for policyholders, saying it would undermine cross-subsidy.

Oct 28, 2014

‘Demonisation’ of annuities could encourage risk-taking

“Giving everyone more responsibility is good but that does come with risk,” providers warn.

Pensions| Oct 27, 2014

LV lines up new at-retirement products before end of year

Enhanced annuities sales down 50 per cent but fixed-term annuities “beneficiary” of the reforms.

Oct 27, 2014

Annuities pay £2,000 less over retirement since Budget

Average annuity rate fell by a further 2.4 per cent in the third quarter after slide post-Budget.

From Regulation| Oct 27, 2014

FCA drops Partnership inducements probe

No further action to be taken against firm just over a year after investigation began.

Analysis & Opinion
Is it ‘fair’ to unpick billions’ worth of annuities?

Ashley Wassall| Oct 24, 2014

Is it ‘fair’ to unpick billions’ worth of annuities?

I find it hard to disagree with the sentiment that the industry has brought these consequences on itself.

‘Annuity providers had it coming’

Interview| Oct 17, 2014

‘Annuity providers had it coming’

Hal Austin, editor of Financial Adviser, reveals why annuity providers deserve what they get from the chancellor.

Pensions Bill scrambling shows guidance success critical

Ashley Wassall| Oct 17, 2014

Pensions Bill scrambling shows guidance success critical

In a lot of the cases full advice should be recommended and would be well worth the expense.

Why annuities are still relevant

Oct 15, 2014

Why annuities are still relevant

The chancellor’s abolition of compulsory annuity purchase does not mean that annuities are no longer relevant for many UK savers, quite the contrary

More on Annuities
Adviser Guides

Guide to Retirement Income Options post-Budget

Many headlines in the aftermath of the Budget concentrated on the fantastic freedom and choice being introduced.

Special Reports

Retirement: Pensions in the UK have moved up a gear

Retirement has all of a sudden become hot news.

FTAdviser Blog

Back to good old fashioned adviser bashing

News Review: Advice is becoming more important, but clearly there remains little appetite to talk the sector up.

Adviser Guides

Guide to Pension Liberation

Any scheme which offers money from a pension fund before minimum pension age should ring alarm bells.

Special Reports

Retirement - June 2014

With annuitisation on its way out, will the insurance world adapt to the changing scene

FTAdviser Blog

Reform rush has industry in a spin over freedoms

Week in brief: Treasury confirms draft rules and FCA lines up guidance policy, as advisers ‘hide behind their desks’.

Adviser Guides

Guide to Trivial Commutation post-Budget

Trivial commutation is an option for pension scheme members, which allows them to exchange small pensions for a taxable lump sum.

Special Reports

Retirement Income Post-Budget - May 2014

At-retirement products are going to be a much changed world - and the implications stretch beyond annuity providers.

FTAdviser Blog

Why Webb won’t ‘unwind’ legacy annuities

Such a move would surely be the end for specialist annuity providers which are struggling already.

Recent Articles
  1. Back to good old fashioned adviser bashing
    FTAdviser BlogonYour Industry| Oct 27, 2014

    Back to good old fashioned adviser bashing

    News Review: Advice is becoming more important, but clearly there remains little appetite to talk the sector up.

  2. 10 things you need to know from this week’s news
    Oct 24, 2014

    10 things you need to know from this week’s news

    Week in Brief: Pension reform rumbles on, fresh advice firm fraud probe, and momentum for protection reforms.

  3. ‘Not impossible’ to unwind annuities: Altmann
    Oct 23, 2014

    ‘Not impossible’ to unwind annuities: Altmann

    Steve Webb quizzes pensions expert Ros Altmann about case to unwind annuities.

  4. AIC heralds move from ‘annuity or not’ retirement planning
    Oct 23, 2014

    AIC heralds move from ‘annuity or not’ retirement planning

    Comments compare at-retirement decisions to those encountered online shopping.

  5. Aegon loses another ombudsman claim over ‘needless delays’
    Oct 21, 2014

    Aegon loses another ombudsman claim over ‘needless delays’

    Pensions ombudsman criticises Aegon for “maladministration” over enhanced annuity purchase.

  6. MGM offers to hold annuity lump sums to avoid ‘death charge’
    Oct 21, 2014

    MGM offers to hold annuity lump sums to avoid ‘death charge’

    Value protection payments can be held until more favourable tax rules come in next Spring.

  7. Reform rush has industry in a spin over freedoms
    FTAdviser BlogonYour Industry| Oct 17, 2014

    Reform rush has industry in a spin over freedoms

    Week in brief: Treasury confirms draft rules and FCA lines up guidance policy, as advisers ‘hide behind their desks’.

  8. Why Webb won’t ‘unwind’ legacy annuities
    FTAdviser BlogonRegulation| Oct 17, 2014

    Why Webb won’t ‘unwind’ legacy annuities

    Such a move would surely be the end for specialist annuity providers which are struggling already.

  9. Your technical pension freedoms questions answered
    Oct 17, 2014

    Your technical pension freedoms questions answered

    ‘Non-advised drawdown is an accident waiting to happen’, says pensions expert and workshop panelist.

  10. Default auto-escalation is contribution solution: Webb
    Personal Pensions| Oct 17, 2014

    Default auto-escalation is contribution solution: Webb

    “One of the lasting legacies of this government will be CDC,” pensions minister says.

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