Standard Level annuity rates: In September, four of the top five providers – Legal & General, Canada Life, Prudential and Standard Life all increased their rates by around 2%; but for the second month running Aviva’s rates remained unchanged. Legal & General remains in first place, providing an annual income of £5,616.72 for a single life and £5,207.64 on a joint life basis. Canada Life stays in second place, paying £5,443.20 on a single life and £5,145.12 on a joint life basis. Although Aviva remains in third place, it is paying more than £600 per year less than Legal & General on a single life basis and nearly £400 less on a joint life basis.

Standard RPI Linked annuity rates: RPI Linked annuities remained fairly stable over the month, with only Legal & General making a significant increase of nearly 2% in their rates, although it remains in second place behind Standard Life which stays in the top spot, with an income of £3,070.80 on a single life basis and £2,698.80 on a joint life basis. Legal & General is only £11.40 behind it for a single life and £17.40 for a joint life. Canada Life and Aviva, in third and fourth places, are some far behind the top two in the amount of income they will provide, with Aviva’s rates again remaining unchanged throughout the month.

Smoker rates: Reliance Mutual was the big mover in September, raising its rates by between 3% and 4% to move into first place in the joint life tables, replacing LV= which cut its rates by just over 1% and slipped into third place. Reliance Mutual is now paying £5,823.12 per year for a male aged 60 and female aged 57, compared to Just Retirement which cut its joint life rates by 0.4%, but maintained second place with an income of £5,751.00. For single smokers LV= remains in first place despite cutting its rates by 1.4%, which means that it now gives an income of £6,397.00, down £90 on last month. Just Retirement and Reliance Mutual remain second and third, but only £10 and £41.32 respectively behind LV=. Scottish Widows replaces Partnership in fourth place, with an income of £6,192.84.

(All rates based on £100,000 Purchase Price, no guarantee period, payable monthly in arrears)

Richard Williams, Director at The Annuity Bureau, comments:

Whilst standard annuity rates have largely risen again in September, the market still does not seem to have accounted fully for the recent increase in gilt yields, with rates only being back to the level they were at in June 2012 when gilt yields were 90 basis points lower.

Movements in rates occur on a weekly basis and it is therefore always worthwhile obtaining an up-to-date illustration to make sure that the best possible income is being obtained.”

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Annuity Snapshots

Rates as at Tuesday 1 October 2013 (click chart to enlarge it.)

Annuity Bureau rates 01-10-2013

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