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Join us for our event: Time to reconsider annuities?

Join us for our event: Time to reconsider annuities?

With annuities becoming popular again, more awareness is needed of the flexibility of fixed-term annuities and the benefits of enhanced annuities, according to Lorna Shah, managing director of retail retirement at Legal & General Retail. 

Blending drawdown and annuity income as retirement needs change has also become even more important.

Join FTAdviser and Legal & General for one-hour webinar on 19 January as our panel of expert commentators from across the financial advisory sector debate the merits of various retirement income strategies in the current market environment, and provide practical examples of appropriate use cases for each.

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In 2022 annuity rates have climbed by 40-50 per cent - a 14-year high.

For example, someone aged 65 with a £100,000 pension could now get an annuity income of £7,191 a year – up from £4,989 in October last year. 

The rates have been boosted by soaring long-term gilt yields.

And in late September and early October there were some particularly sharp increases.- in part, be attributed to financial markets having less confidence in the government, following the mini-Budget.

Until recently the interest rate on gilts had been very low. This has made annuities a relatively expensive product for annuity providers to fund. 

Once upon a time, annuities were the go-to product for retirement income, but the introduction of pension freedoms gave people more choice on how they accessed their money, and drawdown became more prominent.

The scale and speed of annuity rate rises in recent times has made annuities an attractive option again, particularly for anyone who may have ruled out an annuity in recent years.

Our latest guide to income in retirement and annuities explores the resurgence of annuities, how they work as a blended offering alongside drawdown and why retirement advice increasingly requires a multi-layered approach.

The webinar on 19 January will look at retirement planning in a bear market against a backdrop of the FCA focusing more closely on retirement income strategies and the regulator’s Consumer Duty rules.

SPEAKERS

Steve Webb, partner at LCP

Cecilia Furner, distribution director (interim) - retail annuities at Legal & General

Amy Austin, news editor at FTAdviser

January 19 2023 at 2pm

To find out more and to register, click HERE