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Choosing Good Pension Annuity Rates

Apr. 03, 2011 8:35 AM ET
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 When it comes to looking for the best pension annuity rates, there are two possible choices. The option is between fixed and variable rates. Fixed rates give people just what the name says, a fixed income as long as they live. Variable plans, on the other hand, do not provide a fixed income and it is dependable on the profits which accrue on them. It is important to understand what you are getting yourself into before choosing pension annuity rates which best suit your needs. The details can be left to the professionals, but everybody should know some basics.

Both plans have one thing in common. For either one of them, the provider will charge sales commissions. Everything else will be different so it is important to choose the correct annuity the first time. You cannot change the provider after that so it is important to research the market thoroughly the first time. Smart research and good advice will ultimately lead to better pension annuity rates than just by accepting the first offer you are made.

Fixed plans are less expensive and charge lower fees, but they do not list the hidden costs in the policy agreement. Variable plans cost more and charge higher fees because they offer a lot more investment options than the fixed plans and are harder to manage.

Besides the difference in income plans, pension annuity rates are usually dependable on other factors like life expectancy, medical status, smoking habits and other things. Until recently men were receiving better pension annuity rates because they have a shorter life expectancy according to the statistics. The European Court recognized this as sex discrimination and significant changes will be implied in the pension annuity market. While there were differences for male and female, this option is probably going to get eliminated.

The other differences between the plans could be categorized in standard and enhanced pension annuity rates. Standard rates are more like fixed rates, because you receive a fixed annual income for the rest of your life no matter how the situation in the market looks like. The enhanced pension annuity rates are suitable for people who might have a lower life expectancy. This does not make any difference between lifestyle habits such as smoking and medical problems. Based on the character on these investments, they are considered variable plans.

Keep in mind that these are just suggestions based on your general information. You are not obligated to buy any plan just because you smoke or take medicine. They can be suggested, but doing the research yourself and deciding on whether you would feel more comfortable with a fixed income or risk comfort for a possibility of higher gains.

Money is a touchy subject these days. People would like to get as much as possible in a short period of time without so much work. But keep in mind that these pension annuity ratesare a method of establishing a decent income, rather than becoming rich. Choosing the correct and realistic pension annuity rates while making sure that the safety of your deposit is well protected is going to save you a lot of trouble.

Help and advice on finding the best pension annuity rates from www.annuitysupermarket.com/

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