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Aon Consulting launches annuity finder

Pensioners could be losing up to 30 per cent of the value of their pension pot, or around £360m every year, because of ill-advised retirement decisions, according to Aon Consulting.

Aon says it has responded by developing the Aon Annuity Finder, a web-based service that provides quotes from most leading annuity providers within seconds.

The service also includes access to a helpline to handle questions from scheme members and guide them through the annuity options.

Aon Consulting principal in the benefit solutions division Helen Dowsey says: “Buying the right annuity is one of the most crucial financial decisions for DC members and in today’s environment we are already seeing implications of bad decision making when it comes to annuity purchase. Current rising inflation could erode the purchasing power of pensioners by 20 per cent, specifically those 60 per cent of retirees who simply opted for the cheapest option of buying into a fixed rate annuity.

“Having paid employer contributions and encouraged member engagement whilst the employee has been part of a company, it is equally critical that businesses ensure that members are making the best possible retirement decisions. Given Aon’s role in advising employer and trustees, it was a logical step for us to develop this annuity service for members.”


Where’s the proof on pensions?

A couple of months back, the Conservative pension spokesman Nigel Waterson warned that the launch of personal accounts must not become a shambles like Terminal Five.

Paying the premium

Last week research from Money Marketing found that over half of all funds with annual management charges of 1.75 per cent or more have underperformed in the past three years.


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