A pension annuity is a financial product you can purchase with your retirement savings to convert them into a guaranteed income stream for life.

Although there are other ways you can access your pension pot, an annuity offers the security of knowing exactly how much money you’ll receive each month, regardless of how long you live.

How Does it Work?

When you retire, you’ll typically have a pot of money stored in a pension plan. You can use some or all of this money to buy a pension annuity. The annuity provider will then use your pension savings to calculate a guaranteed income payment that you’ll receive for the rest of your life. This gives you peace of mind in retirement and the certainty of knowing you’ll have a steady stream of income.

Think of a pension annuity as a swap. You hand over some or all of your pension savings to an insurance company, and in return, they guarantee you a regular income payment for life. You can then budget effectively and plan for the future with confidence. It’s like having your own personal pension plan, but without the responsibility of managing investments.

Types of Annuities

There are various annuity options available, with some offering a fixed income amount throughout your retirement or for a fixed period, and others that tie the income to investment performance. Annuities can also provide a degree of protection against inflation. Some will offer inflation-linked increases, which means you can be sure that your income will keep pace with rising living costs, maintaining your purchasing power in later life.

In addition, certain annuities can provide a payout to your loved ones if you pass away before a set period, ensuring they get some financial security during a very difficult time.


While annuities can be an extremely attractive option, it’s worth remembering they’re not a one-size-fits-all solution. Consider all possible implications. For instance, accessing the principal amount can be difficult or come with penalties. Furthermore, annuities can offer lower returns compared to some investment options, so if you have a high-risk tolerance, it might be worth looking at alternatives such as drawdown.

Next Steps

The best step to take before rushing in head first is to research the market. Get quotes from different annuity providers to compare rates and features, and don’t feel you have to accept the first offer that comes your way. Its recommended that before you make such a big decision, you should consider seeking advice from a financial adviser as once you decide to purchase an annuity there’s no going back.

How We Can Help

At Howard Wright Financial Planning, our team of Chartered Financial Planners can help you navigate the complexities of retirement planning. We offer a comprehensive Retirement Options Report to help you understand your choices, including the potential benefits and drawbacks of annuities and drtawdowns. Our personalised advice will ensure you make the best decision for your financial future.

By working together you’ll then be in a much stronger position to make an informed decision and set yourself up for a happy, fulfilling and secure retirement.

Get in touch with us today, and we’ll be happy to assist you in planning a secure and comfortable retirement.

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