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Consumers less likely to review pension status

Media coverage of pensions is putting people off saving for retirement rather getting them to look at retirement provision, according to research commissioned by Charcol.

Pollsters MarketMinder asked a representative sample of 2,009 adults how media coverage of pension issues had affected their actions.

Sixty per cent of consumers are unaware of the annuity open market option, with 93 per cent so unmoved by the pension crisis they are not reviewing their retirement savings.

A fifth of those questioned said they would consider providing for their retirement through means other than pensions, many saying they would like to avoid the stockmarket.

While Charcol welcomes recently announced financial services reforms, the IFA says consumer confusion will increase as changes are introduced over the next two years.

Financial services director Roderic Rennison says: “Faltering stockmarkets and loss of confidence in the financial sector are at the heart of the issue. Reform is on the Government&#39s agenda but it will be at least two years before these take place.

“Based on the best and worst annuity rates available, a pensioner purchasing an annuity with a fund of £100,000 could receive between £5,360 and £6,390 per annum – a 19 per cent difference. If all those scheduled to retire in the next two years fail to shop around, the cost of ignorance could be in excess of £32m.”


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Guide: reporting to the Pensions Regulator — what and when?

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