Posted September 6th, 2010
Pension sharing is a confusing and complicated part of any divorce settlement and there are many issues to be aware of before proceeding. Some examples include:
- The fairness of a cash equivalent transfer values (CETV).
- Internal transfer or external transfer?
- Moving target syndrome?
- Default options.
Therefore, it was a refreshing change to be contacted by a client this week who had received notification from her pension provider (Prudential) that she HAD to take financial advice before they would agree to accept the pension sharing order.
To avoid the pitfalls above it is important to take financial advice from a competent adviser, preferably one who is a Resolution Accredited Independent Financial Adviser (See link here). You may also wish to employ the services of an actuary that advises on pension and divorce cases.
If this is you and you are looking for financial advice on a pension sharing matter or if you require further information, please contact me on 0800 092 1229 or email email@example.com
Posted August 13th, 2010
Impaired life annuities provide a greater pension income to those with shorter life expectancies than would be available from standard annuities. Impaired annuities are intended for serious conditions such as:
• Chronic heart disease
• Cancer (secondary and some primary)
• Chronic Lung Disease
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Alzheimer’s Disease
Please note this list is not exhaustive.
Enhanced annuities also provide an increase over the standard rate available and are given for lifestyle conditions such as
• Heart attack
• Chronic asthma
• High blood pressure
• High Cholesterol
Again, this is not an exhaustive list.
The market is maturing and there are providers who specialise now in areas such as smoker annuities and more recently, postcode annuities. These work on the basis that statistically, people in different parts of the UK have different life expectancies.
Many people when taking their pension share on divorce decide to purchase an annuity. If you are considering purchasing an annuity as part of your pension share, please stop and consider whether you might benefit from one of these annuities.
If you require any further assistance, please contact us on 0800 092 1229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org