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Why Should You Be Careful When You Buy An Annuity?


You may already have visited other sites and used an annuity rates calculator or consulted an annuity rate table.

But there are 7 questions you should ask yourself...

1. Did you know that there may be a wider range of retirement annuity possibilities?

2. Was it an illustration rather than an individual quote?

3. Did the table or calculator take into account all products on the market or just a selection?

4. Are you sure that the information was in date?

5. Did you know that the annuity rates may change before your application goes through? If you received a quote, was it guaranteed by the site?

6. Did the site promote particular providers over others as they are paid higher commissions by some?

7. Are the annuity providers able to pay to list their products higher up the list, or to have their products shown in a different way?


Even if the annuity calculator or table was 100 percent correct and up to date, were you aware that the stated rates may have no resemblance whatsoever to the income that you will actually receive? This is because your annuity may increase due to your circumstances, i.e. your health, medication that you may be taking and if you smoke. Some providers even base your future income on your previous job or where you live.

Again, let's say you do find a website where everything works correctly and is up to date; do you know at this stage whether you want a level, a RPI-linked escalating or a fixed-rate escalating annuity? Also, have you considered your partner's or dependent's percentage on your demise? The choices are often very confusing.

(Please note that the information on this page does not represent financial advice, is an opinion only and you should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions.)

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Aviva Annuities Aviva is the world's 5th largest insurance group and the largest insurance services provider in the UK. They're the leading provider of life and retirement pension products in Europe. Aviva have 54,000 employees serving over 50 million customers in 28 countries around the world. Aviva Annuities
Aegon Scottish Equitable Annuities Aegon's lines of business include retirement pensions, annuities, investments, protection and financial advice. Aegon is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. Aegon Annuities
Canada Life Annuities Founded in 1847, Canada Life is the oldest Canadian life assurance company. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada Life operates in the UK, USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany and other countries through branch operations and subsidiary companies. Canada Life
Hodge Annuities Hodge Lifetime Retirement solutions since 1965 is the trading name of Julian Hodge Bank Limited and Hodge Life Assurance Company Limited. Hodge Lifetime is able to offer a variety of pension annuity plans. Hodge Annuities
Just Retirement Annuities Just Retirement Ltd. is a specialist company that helps people nearing retirement, and those already retired, to make the most of their pensions. Just Retirement achieve this by working with finance professionals to provide products that aim to meet a customer's particular circumstances. Just Retirement Annuities
Legal And General Annuities Legal and General are a long-standing provider of annuities and ranked amongst the FTSE top 100 companies. Legal and General offer standard and enhanced annuities from as little as £1,000. Legal And General Annuities
LV Annuities LV=, the UK's largest friendly society, started business in 1843 as Liverpool Victoria. The L and V representing Liverpool Victoria and the = sign represents that they have an "equal" one member, one vote approach. LV carry a range of savings, investments and insurance products. LV Annuities
MGM Annuities MGM Advantage has a long history in the world of financial services. MGM Advantage specialise in retirement income, selling their products through Financial Advisers. MGM Advantage Annuities
Partnership Annuities Partnership cater for clients with a wide variety of health impairments, from the relatively minor such as high blood pressure, to the more serious such as stroke, heart failure, diabetes, kidney failure and cancer. Partnership Annuities
Prudential Annuities Founded in 1875, Prudential have approximately 38,000 employees in 37 countries and territories worldwide. Prudential, often known as "The Pru", have products that include annuities, life insurance, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. Prudential Annuities
Scottish Widows Annuities Scottish Widows has been working to help people plan their financial futures since it was founded as Scotland's first mutual life office back in 1815. Scottish Widows is one of the most recognised brands in the annuities, pensions, life and investment industry. Scottish Widows Annuities
Standard Life Annuities Standard Life is a leading long term savings and investments company based in Edinburgh. Established in 1825, Standard Life provides annuities, retirement pensions, life assurance and investment management and healthcare insurance products to over 6.5 million customers worldwide. Standard Life Annuities
Zurich Annuities Zurich Financial Services Group is an insurance-based financial services provider with a worldwide network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Founded in 1872, the Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich employs approximately 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. Zurich Annuities

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