Pension Advice & Retirement Planning

George Osborne started a pensions revolution in late 2014, opening up a wealth of new options and having a profound impact on the way people use their pension savings in retirement. Rules and tax treatment changes to personal pension accounts in retirement came into effect in April 2015, making them considerably more attractive.

These changes simultaneously rang the death knell for annuities. Over the past twenty years, annuity costs have soared as risk-free investment returns have fallen and life expectancy has risen. Annuities are an inflexible and irreversible retirement product that lock in current interest rates and lock out further investment opportunity or access to capital.

Not only are they expensive but they look increasingly outdated for modern retirement, which can extend over 25 years with periods of very different income and capital requirements. Even when rates were more attractive, annuities were never popular primarily because of the implicit gamble they represent. Those who die young do badly and end up subsidising those who live longer. Annuities are ultimately worthless to the next generation.

It is not surprising that within months of the legislative changes being announced, annuity sales collapsed. Swathes of people are using the new rules and using pension drawdowns to access their pension savings in retirement.

According to the Association of British Insurers, in the first 6 months a total of £4.7 billion in pension assets had been withdrawn and annuity purchases have fallen by approximately 62%. The Association estimates that this trend will continue as people begin to more fully understand the options available to them.

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Friday April 28, 2017

pensions, pension planningConventional wisdom points to defined benefit schemes as the gold standard of retirement provision. This position is also held by the Financial Conduct Authority, which has led to the majority of financial advisers opting out
of providing advice in this area. Those ‘specialist’ firms that do provide advice are typically reliant on the Critical Yield Method. …

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Pension freedom withdrawals cut through £10bn barrier

Wednesday April 26, 2017

More than £10bn has been accessed flexibly since the introduction of pension freedom in 2015, the latest HM Revenue & Customs statistics have shown. A total £1.59bn was flexibly withdrawn in Q1 2017, the most in any quarter since Q2 2016 and the second-highest figure seen. More than 390,000 flexible payments were made in the …

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£20k ‘death tax’: Government new Tax charge

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The Government’s dramatic increase in probate fees is attracting more outcry as it emerges the Ministry of Justice does not know how much it costs to handle an application for probate. From next month, a new system takes effect that will see the largest estates pay £20,000 in probate fees. Probate must be granted to …

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HMRC Capital Gains tax increases by 60%

Wednesday February 15, 2017

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) collected an additional £140m from investigations into unpaid capital gains tax (CGT) over the last financial year. Through analysing data from HMRC, £55m of the figure came from investigations relating to ‘wealthy individuals’ and mid-sized businesses with the remaining £85m stemming from regular taxpayers and small businesses. The substantial numbers …

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