Number of annuities sold falls by a third

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Number of annuities sold falls by a third

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Posted on: 15/09/2014

The number of annuities that were sold between the first and second quarters of 2014 fell by a third.

That’s according to figures released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The ABI’s statistics reveal that 27,902 fewer annuities were sold in the second quarter of 2014 than in the first quarter – a drop of 37.5%.

The total value of annuities sold fell from £2.5 billion in the first quarter to £1.8 billion in the second quarter.

The figures also show:

  • 55% of people who bought an annuity purchased from their existing insurer rather than from a different provider
  • more people with pots under £5,000 bought annuities from a different insurer
  • the number of enhanced annuities bought was unchanged from the previous quarter
  • more people with pots under £5,000 bought annuities from a different insurer
  • the number of people buying income drawdown contracts increased by 35%

Yvonne Braun, the head of savings, retirement and social care at the ABI, said: “It [the data] suggests customers with smaller pots have immediately started to use the new freedoms to take their cash lump sum,

“Although it is too early to determine how customer behaviour will continue to evolve between now and when the budget reforms come fully into effect in April 2015, there are still a significant number of savers who will want the regular income provided by an annuity.”

Anyone wanting advice on annuities or their pension plans then please do not hesitate to contact our Retirement/Pension Planning specialists on 01226 208600, or email t.nelson@lifetime-fm.com

 

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