Drawdown – sounds simple but it’s complicated Drawdown is easy to understand – you simply invest your pension pot in suitable investments and then you take income payments when you need them. The income can be regular monthly / quarterly income payments or ad hoc payments or a combination of both. You have total flexibility and there are two things to watch out for; don’t pay ...
Annuity or Drawdown
Annuity or Drawdown? – that is the question It doesn’t matter if you are looking to convert your pension pot into income, considering a DB transfer or running a drawdown plan, one the most questions in financial planning is whether to buy an annuity or invest in a drawdown plan. Before looking at this important question let’s be clear on the terminology. Annuities They are ...
The case for annuities is getting stronger
It is still not the year of the annuity! In January I wrote a piece asking if 2018 was going to be the year of the annuity? For the Chinese, 2018 is the year of the dog but in the UK, annuities have been in the dog house since pension freedoms and they look like remaining in the kennel for sometime to come. The case for annuities is getting stronger There are few people more ...
Annuities & Drawdown - it is not black or white
Fixed term income plans – retirement options do not need to be black or white It seems that every time I go a conference there is someone talking about the need for innovation in retirement income plans. Having watched various product developments over the last 20 year it comes as no surprise to me that the elusive new plan which fits half way between an annuity and drawdown h ...
Practice what I preach
It has been 16 months since I started advising clients again after a break of four years. Obviously much has changed after pension freedoms not least that annuities are less popular and drawdown has become the new default at retirement. This is not a problem nor an issue for a good adviser because they will always work out what is the best solution for the client rather than be ...
Weathering the storm
Over the last few weeks we have been busy reviewing many of the pension drawdown plans we have arranged for our clients looking to see how they have weathered the recent the recent fall in global equity prices. The recent market correction was not a full-blown crash, probably not even a mini crash, just a short-term reaction to the possibility of an overheated US economy. We t ...
How should we react to a market fall
How should we react when there is an unexpected downturn in financial markets? This question was probably being asked by many advisers and their clients as global equity markets fell in the first weeks of February. At the time of writing, the fall in equity prices at the beginning of February appears to be a relatively small correction and far from a full-blown crash. The lat ...
Is the Brexit glass half full or half empty
I am not in the business of making predictions of what the future holds for Brexit, but I think it is important to ask ourselves, and our clients, if we think the Brexit glass is half full or half empty because this will influence our approach to retirement advice.
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