New investment option available via LV=’s self-invested personal pension and its personal pension
The Flexible Guarantee Funds provide consumers with the potential for an investment return and are averaged price – LV= uses a rolling 26 week – averaging period to help smooth and reduce the effects of market volatility. The option also offers savers flexibility as they are able to disinvest, take income and switch to different investments as circumstances change.
You can now choose to buy a guarantee which ensures that the value of investment at the end of the selected guarantee term will be at least the same as their initial investment (less any withdrawals taken). Consumers are able to add or remove the guarantee at any time and can choose to buy a new guarantee in order to lock in any growth their fund has achieved.
You can invest between £5,000 and £500,000 with a minimum guarantee term term of five years and have a choice of three funds; the Cautious Series 2, Balanced Series 2 and Managed Growth Series 2.
LV=’s investment option can be used in a drawdown context which allows those clients with smaller pots to consider it as an alternative to annuities – providing them with control of their investments but with some reassurance against market volatility through both the smoothing and guarantee features. The funds features mirror those available through the LV= Flexible Guarantee Bond and also provide clients with a guaranteed death and terminal illness benefit.
Richard Rowney, Managing Director of LV= Life and Pensions said: “This investment option has been introduced to help advisers and their clients take advantage of the new pensions landscape. The range of options our Flexible Guarantee Funds offer can help clients to plan effectively for their retirement and structure their income in a way that suits their needs. Recent research we carried out after the Budget highlighted that many retirees had a desire for income security in retirement and a level of flexibility.
“These fund options meet a real consumer need and will be an attractive proposition for those advisers with clients who want income certainty without being locked into a lifetime annuity. The certainty that the guarantee provides will particularly appeal to those clients who have a target retirement date and want to be sure that, when they reach retirement, the value of their investment will not have fallen.”
“This development demonstrates our commitment to innovation and improving customer outcomes. We continuously strive to develop retirement income options which enable advisers to put forward the best pension solutions to their clients.”