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Why would you use an automated annuity comparison website when an authorised, qualified pension consultant can advise you which is the best annuity for free with no obligation to buy? There are many reasons why you should not trust your future income to comparison tables on faceless sites. In some matters you need absolute certainty.
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Your lifespan as a smoker and your annuity options. We're sorry to be blunt, but you most likely already know that smokers, in general, have shorter lifespans than non-smokers. Of course annuity providers are well aware of this unfortunate fact of life. Increase your annuity now.
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FSA enhances consumer protection for long term care insurance

Consumers of long term care insurance (LTCI) are to be given enhanced protection under new proposals published today by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Michael Folger, Director, Conduct of Business Standards, said:

"The LTCI market is relatively young though with an ageing population, there is considerable potential for it to grow. These changes represent a major step forward in strengthening and extending safeguards to provide protection for consumers, who then buy these products to protect themselves at a time when they are likely to be at their most vulnerable."

In developing its proposals, FSA has aimed to ensure that:

Consumers who buy products designed to help them fund the costs of long-term care will receive the same level of protection whether they are insurance-only pure protection products or investment-based products (e.g. immediate care annuities or LTCI bonds).

LTCI advisers recommend to consumers the products that match their needs and circumstances. This will be achieved through advisers meeting regulatory requirements, covering matters such as suitability and know your customer and through enhanced training and competence requirements. There will be an approved examination on LTCI to new advisers to reduce risk of consumers receiving bad advice.

Firms provide consumers with relevant pre- and post-sale information and risk warnings to help them make informed choices on the type of product and amount of cover they need. For example:

"firms will be required to provide customers with clear information about the key features of an LTCI product including whether premiums are subject to review."

" firms who sell LTCI-linked investment bonds will be required to send customers annual statements to keep them informed about the performance of their bond and to encourage them to review performance annually to assess whether the product is on track to meet their funding needs."

Firms treat consumers fairly and promptly at the point of claim.

Consumers with an eligible complaint about any LTCI product will have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Consumers with a valid claim against an insolvent firm about any LTCI policy are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The FSA proposals have been drawn up after extensive informal discussions with the industry and market specialists and analysis of detailed market data carried out for the FSA by KPMG.

The FSA are also publishing today a consumer factsheet on LTCI which is designed to improve public understanding of these complex products. The factsheet is available from the FSA Consumer Helpine on 0300 500 5000.

The proposed new requirements would come into force on 31 October 2004.

LTCI products were first marketed in the UK in the early 1990s. According to ABI data, by the end of 2002, there were approximately 45,000 LTC policies in force. More than 90% of Long Term Care policies are distributed by IFAs.

The basic purpose of LTCI is to help consumers provide for all or part of the cost of long term care. Long term care refers to care that is needed on a continuing basis for the foreseeable future, for example, as the result of permanent conditions such as arthritis, a stroke or dementia. It does not apply to care needed to recover from short-term illnesses or convalescence during such illnesses. Long term care could involve help in the policyholder/customers own home or in a care home (a residential or nursing home) with activities such as washing, feeding or dressing.

LTCI policies have evolved over the past decade and they come in a range of different and often complex forms. They fall into two types of pre-funded policies:

pre-funded policies you buy this kind of policy to protect you in case you need care in the future. There are two main types:

pure protection insurance, which are insurance only products with no investment element, or

investment bonds that are specifically tied to a LTCI pure protection insurance contract. These can be funded either by single or regular premiums.

immediate care plans - you can only buy this type of plan when you actually need care. These are investment-based products (form of impaired life annuity) which, as their name suggests, help to fund the costs of long-term care at the point when it is required. They provide a regular income stream in exchange for a single lump sum payment.

Responses to the FSA proposals in CP200 Regulation of Long-Term Care Insurance should reach us by 30 January 2004. The FSA aims to make the final rules in April 2004 to give firms a reasonable period before the new requirements come into force on 31 October 2004.

HM Treasury announced on 22 October 2001 its intention to bring the sale and marketing of LTCI products within the FSA's regulatory scope. This followed a recommendation in the 1999 report of the Royal Commission on long-term care for the elderly. HM Treasurys subsequent consultation confirmed that there was general support for the introduction of full conduct of business regulation for all LTCI providers and intermediaries. Implementation was delayed to align this with the timetable for the implementation of the IMD. However, slippage in the adoption of IMD by the European Parliament, and consequently the implementation timetable, and in view of the Governments previous commitments, the Treasury decided to bring LTCI into regulation at the same time a mortgage regulation (on 31 October 2004).

The sale of LTCI pure protection contracts currently falls outside the FSA regulation. But, the ABIs Code of Best Practice currently requires LTCI insurance to sell these products as they were investments. It also encourages intermediaries to comply with these standards.

The FSA regulates the financial services industry and has four objectives under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000: maintaining market confidence; promoting public understanding of the financial system; securing the appropriate degree of protection of consumers; and fighting financial crime.

The FSA aims to maintain efficient, orderly and clean financial markets and help retail consumers achieve a fair deal.

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Please note that the annuities and income drawdown information contained within the articles and general text on Annuities Central may not be intended for annuity consumer use, may no longer be current and should not be used by consumers to make financial decisions. It is very important that you don't use this annuity information in isolation to decide which annuity or annuity alternative to buy. Annuity comparisons and pensions information or opinions expressed are made as at the date of this publication and are subject to change without notice. Always seek the help of an annuity broker before you buy an annuity.

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You could increase your annuity by thousands. Make sure you recognise the best annuity advice when you get it. The more information about annuities you have, the more able you will be to recognise the best annuity advice when you receive it.
Visit Open Annuities Financial Services Register Number 530750


Annuity Plan Visit Pension Annuity Plan

You may be able to secure several thousand pounds more over your lifetime from annuity providers than your current pension provider. Many are unaware of this very important information. The more information you have, the more able you will be to recognise the best deal when you see it.
Visit Pension Annuity Plan Financial Services Register Number 530750


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All fund sizes welcomed. Why should the annuity buyer be careful? Buying from your pension provider isn't always necessarily the best idea.
Visit Annuities Plan Financial Services Register Number 530750


annuity comparisons Visit Pension Annuity Planner

This company may be able to increase your standard pension annuity through enhanced annuities.
Visit Pension Annuity Planner Financial Services Register Number 530750


annuity comparisons Visit Annuity Base

Using specialist annuity industry search software, an FCA registered Independent Financial Adviser will query top annuity and annuity alternative providers' databases to help you compare and choose which one is the best for you.
Visit Annuity Base Financial Services Register Number 530750


annuity comparisons Visit The Enhanced Annuity

Specialists in enhanced annuities. It is estimated that up to 40% of the UK population could boost their pension annuity income with an "enhanced annuity".
Visit The Enhanced Annuity Financial Services Register Number 483817


annuity comparisons Visit Annuity Comparisons

Why would you use an automated annuity comparison website when an authorised, qualified pension consultant can advise you which is the best annuity for free with no obligation to buy? There are many reasons why you should not trust your future income to comparison tables on faceless sites. In some matters you need absolute certainty.
Visit Annuity Comparisons Financial Services Register Number 483817


annuity comparisons Visit Annuities Extra

Pension annuities for those of us who are not in the best of health. If you've a health problem, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, you'll stand an increased chance of a higher annuity income.
Visit Annuities Extra Financial Services Register Number 483817


annuity comparisons Visit Simple Annuities

Finding an annuity does not have to be difficult. Pension annuity retirement finance experts with vast experience of annuities are waiting to help you. Compare pension annuities and annuity alternatives now.
Visit Simple Annuities Financial Services Register Number 483817


annuity comparisons Visit The Female Annuity

1000's of women retire every week in the UK. Compare annuities for women and their alternatives.
Visit The Female Annuity Financial Services Register Number 460094


annuity comparisons Visit Annuity Pathway

Your simple pension annuity journey. How you might take the wrong annuity route and lose the annuity income that is rightfully yours.
Visit Annuity Pathway Financial Services Register Number 460094


annuity comparisons Visit Just One Bite Annuities

How a pension annuity will affect your life. You will only get one bite of the annuity apple. Once you buy an annuity, there's no going back.
Visit Just One Bite Annuities Financial Services Register Number 460094


annuity comparisons Visit Pension Annuities Plus

Your annuity income may increase if you have had certain conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma or high cholesterol. This is also true for smokers and for those who have worked in certain occupations. Get pension annuity comparisons now.
Visit Pension Annuities Plus Financial Services Register Number 483817


annuity comparisons Visit Annuity Answers

Why should the pension annuity buyer beware and why do so many retirees ignore a much bigger annuity income? Compare annuities now.
Visit Annuity Answers Financial Services Register Number 483817


annuity comparisons Visit Smokers Annuities

Your lifespan as a smoker and your annuity options. We're sorry to be blunt, but you most likely already know that smokers, in general, have shorter lifespans than non-smokers. Of course annuity providers are well aware of this unfortunate fact of life. Increase your annuity now.
Visit Smokers Annuities Financial Services Register Number 483817


annuity comparisons Visit Annuity Key

Unlike some companies, all fund sizes are accepted. The Retirement Income Customer Hotline Limited may be able to boost your pension income by more than 40% compared with your current pension provider's offering.
Visit Annuity Key Financial Services Register Number 460094


annuity comparisons Visit Buy an Annuity

Buying an annuity from your pension provider isn't always necessarily the best option! You might be able to secure several thousand pounds more over your retirement from annuity providers than your current pension provider.
Visit Buy an Annuity Financial Services Register Number 154622


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We recognise our annuity clients as individuals, which is why we deal with every case on a one-to-one individual basis. Did you know for instance that your income may increase if you have had certain health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or asthma? This is also true for smokers and for those who have worked in certain occupations.
Visit Annuity Office Financial Services Register Number 483817