Half a million UK retirement plans shattered overnight as pensions plunge


Sylvia Morris
Mail Online

March 2, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of savers have had their retirement hopes dashed by the banking crisis and a crash in payouts on with-profits pensions.

Those reaching pension age now are getting £4,975 less a year than an identical saver who retired five years ago, Money Mail research has revealed.

They have been hit by a toxic combination of plunging payouts on with-profits pensions, and a fall in annuity rates — which turn pension savings into an income for life.

The worst-performing fund, Britannic, has delivered a payout of £73,612 for someone who has saved £200 a month for 20 years. This buys an annual income of just £3,861 for a 65-year-old man retiring today.

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