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LV= looks to rival Living Time with fixed annuity

LV= is looking to launch a fixed-term annuity to rival Living Time’s products, Money Marketing understands.

Living Time is currently the only provider in this market. Its income plan offers customers a guaranteed income for a minimum of three years and up to age 75 and a guaranteed capital value at maturity, which is determined at outset. The product is written under drawdown rules.

Money Marketing has learnt that LV= plans to launch a similar product. The firm is also believed to be considering a fixed-term annuity that gives customers investment options.

LV= head of annuities Matt Trott says: “We are looking at the space in the market bet ween an annuity and an income drawdown contract. We are fairly progressed at looking at an opportunity in that market.”

Annuity Direct director Stuart Bayliss says: “New companies looking at this marketplace are very welcome.

“One of the major issues that is slowing down the take-up of Living Time’s product is the fact that there is no competition so having more than one company there will encourage many more advisers and clients to look at the temporary annuity option.”


Final call

Thoughts of pensions may have been put on the back-burner for many people, given the economic turmoil and rising unemployment. Spare cash is at a premium for many households, with getting by day to day the order of the day rather than planning for those retirement years.

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A downhill stroll?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently published new research, which once again demonstrates how the prospect of retirement is changing for older workers.


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