Annuities pay the most in more than a decade

Annuities, which provide a guaranteed income in retirement, pay out the most in more than a decade.

Rates have risen by over 35pc over the past year, reaching a 12-year high.

This means a 65-year-old with a £100,000 pension could now get an annuity income of £6,637, according to investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown.

Last year they would have only received around £4,900 – an increase of more than £1,700.

William Burrows of the Retirement Planning Project, a financial planner, said for many now would be a good time to consider converting their pension savings into a guaranteed income in retirement. 

“Now that rates have increased, people who are taking regular income from drawdown may want to seriously consider getting an annuity, as the returns may be more attractive,” he said.

Annuities have fallen out of favour in recent years in part because of the introduction of pension freedoms in 2015, which opened up more options for retirees. Prior to that, buying an annuity was the only option for most people with a defined contribution pension.

Demand for annuities also wilted due to sluggish rates, which hit an all-time low in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

The rates offered by annuity providers are determined by long-term gilt yields which are affected – among other things – by the Bank Rate.

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