Annuities 'still opted for by 14% of retirees'

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17 July 2015
Traditional annuity products are still being sought in the wake of the new pension freedoms, a study from BlackRock reveals.

Traditional annuities are still being sought by many people approaching their retirement, according to the findings of a new study. 

Carried out by investment management firm BlackRock, it was specified that 14% of retirees have selected traditional annuity products at the point of retirement. 

This is since the implementation of the government's pension reforms, which granted savers a greater level of freedom regarding how they invest their life savings. 

A significant proportion of retirees have sought the assistance of an adviser regarding their decision, with 34% taking formal financial advice and 61% accessing the government's Pension Wise service. 

Head of BlackRock's UK defined contribution business, Paul Bucksey said this represents the emergence of a welcome new norm.

"The pension freedoms have changed the way people are choosing to access their retirement savings - and for the better in our view, as people are using them to take more control of their finances," he commented. 

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