Inflation can affect your client's retirement income over time. It can mean that budgeting to live on a fixed income becomes one of the biggest financial challenges your client faces.

Most guaranteed income for life solutions (GIfL), provided by a pension annuity, offer clients the option to automatically increase the income they receive each year by either a set percentage (usually 3% or 5%) or by linking to a measure of inflation such as the Retail Prices Index. These options will reduce the income initially received, and increase it in the future.

Points to consider

  • Future increases in the cost of living may reduce the real value of annuity income.
  • Inflation of 5.4% per year (the average inflation rate over the 60 years leading up to June 2015) could reduce the real value of income by over 50% in just 14 years.
  • In times of deflation some index linked annuities can decrease, while others have built in 'floors' meaning annuity income will never fall.