Protected Retirement Plan

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Protecting your client’s retirement

Your client now has more flexibility than ever on how and when they access their pension savings. The LV= Protected Retirement Plan offers more flexibility and access to your money than a standard annuity by providing a guaranteed income option for a fixed term (rather than for a lifetime) which you can also cash in at any time.

Our Protected Retirement Plan offers many features, including:

  • Available as a standalone product, or as a pension option in a tax-efficient SIPP wrapper. 
  • Minimum investment of £10,000 – after any pension cash lump sum.
  • Guaranteed income over a fixed term – of up to 25 years (minimum term applies).
  • Flexi-access drawdown – clients can choose their income at the start of the plan, without any restrictions on the amount.
  • Capped to capped drawdown available – subject to max GAD limits.
  • Conversion feature means your client can transfer to another retirement product, reinvest in another plan, or take as taxable cash – at any time, for any reason.

Product profile

Our Protected Retirement Plan product profile details the risks, suitability, charges and further details on the benefits to your client.

Protected Retirement Plan product profile (trustee version)

Important information

Our flexible options give your clients control over their retirement income. Here are some important things you should know about our Protected Retirement Plan:
  • If your client opts for level income, it won’t keep up with inflation and may buy less in future.
  • At the maturity date, we guarantee the amount payable. We can’t guarantee the income it will provide – this depends on the economic and investment conditions at the time.
  • If the anytime conversion feature is used, the value of the plan may be less than the maturity value or the original investment amount. This is more likely when used near the start of the plan term.
  • Annuity payments will stop if your client dies before the maturity date – unless death benefits are chosen.
  • The income and maturity value are fixed and guaranteed if held for the plan term. Your client may gain higher returns holding investments that don’t offer these guarantees.

Income options

Our Protected Retirement Plan can be tailored to meet your client’s needs. They’ll benefit from guaranteed income and control over their pension fund – accessing their money whenever it’s needed.

We can pay your client’s annuity income every month, every 3 months, every 6 months, or every year.
  • Level income – your client can choose to keep their income the same throughout the term of their annuity. This will provide a higher starting income, but it won’t keep up with inflation – so it’s buying power could reduce in the future.
  • Default income – using current annuity rates, we’ll calculate an income and Guaranteed Maturity Value. The Guaranteed Maturity Value will aim to provide a similar income if used to purchase a lifetime annuity at maturity.
  • Increasing income – your client can choose to increase their income every year, by a fixed percentage (up to 8.5%). The first income review date is usually the anniversary we first started paying your client’s income, or when their maximum income level was last reviewed.
  • No income – your client can choose not to take any income and just have a Guaranteed Maturity Value, payable at the maturity date. If you client dies before the end of the plan and they’ve chosen a death benefit, we’ll pay this instead.

Customer death benefits

Planning for the worst can be daunting, but securing your client’s funds if they pass away can offer vital reassurance.

Your client can choose one or more of our optional death benefits, at the start of their plan:

Beneficiary’s income – your client can choose a beneficiary to inherit their plan if they die. The beneficiary will receive an income and Guaranteed Maturity Value equal to the chosen percentage of the plan income. It can be combined with a guaranteed period or value protection death benefit.

  • Guaranteed period – your client can protect their income for a set period – if they pass away during this time, the remaining income will be paid as a lump sum. If the plan includes a beneficiary’s income, it will be paid to that beneficiary as income. This option cannot be combined with value protection.
  • Value protection – your client can protect up to 100% of their original investment if they pass away during the plan term. The lump sum is the chosen proportion of the initial investment, minus any income already paid to the member and beneficiary (for plans including a beneficiary’s income).

Protected Retirement Plan customer death benefits guide

Trustee death benefits

If your client is worried about dying before the end of their Trustee Investment Plan, they can choose an optional death benefit at the start of their plan.

Trustees can choose one of the following options:

  • Value protection – your client can protect up to 100% of their original investment if they pass away within the plan term. The lump sum is the initial amount used to purchase the plan, minus any income already paid.
  • Plan protection – the trustee can choose to protect all of the plan’s income and Guaranteed Maturity Value (GMV). The income and GMV will continue to be paid for the rest of the plan term. If the scheme trustees or chosen beneficiary(s) don’t continue with the plan, they can utilise the conversion option and end the plan immediately - swapping the remaining income and/or GMV for a lump-sum.

Protected Retirement Plan trustee death benefits guide

Blended solutions

Many clients change their attitude to risk as they near retirement. 

By blending multiple retirement products in a single account, you can offer a tailored recommendation to your client. This gives the best level of security and flexibility – meeting your clients’ needs now, and for years to come.

Retirement Pathfinder Tool

Exploring the best retirement solution for your client has never been easier. Our Pathfinder tool helps you work with clients – present their options and map out their retirement income.

Gain an impartial snapshot of your client’s retirement future – with visual scenarios to help them understand your proposition. Once you’ve input some basic details, you’ll get a PDF report that you can share with your client.
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