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7 March 2022 last updated

Annuities at 3 year high as yields bounce back ahead of rising rates

Annuities at three year high
 
Standard rates:  
annuity rates change 4.18%
Enhanced rates:  
annuity rates change 3.77%
Gilt yields:  
annuity rates change 16 basis point
 
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15-year gilt yields chart - Based on figures for February 2022
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Annuity Rates UK - February 2022 review

Annuities have recovered to the highest level for three years rising 11.1% in the last year as investors sell bonds and gilts expecting central banks to raise base rates.

Our benchmark example shows annuity income reached a low in January 2021 of £4,786 pa and in just over a year has increased 11.1% or £536 pa to £5,322 pa.

The 15-year gilt yields increased 16 basis points for February to 1.62% as investors expect central banks to raise base rates in response to inflation.This is likely to be even higher with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the use of sanctions.

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Providers of standard annuities increased annuity rates by an average of 4.18% for this month and we would expect rates to rise by 2.13% in the short term if yields remain at current levels.

For smoker and enhanced annuity providers have increased their rates by an average of 3.77% and we would expect rates to rise by 2.70% in the short term if yields do not fall.

Fig 1 below shows the annuity rates changes for the whole market and the proportion that have either increased, decreased or or did not change. It also shows the range of the changes of the annuity rates over the last month:

Annuity Rates Changes
Increase No change Decrease
annuity rates decrease   100%
annuity rates no change   0%
annuity rates decrease   0%
Increases of:
max 8.5%

 

Decreases of:
max -0.0%

  Fig 1: Annuity rate changes for the whole market


For the month 100% of annuity rates increased by up to 8.5% with 0% remaining unchanged and 0% decreasing by as much as to -0.0%.

What happened to standard rates

Below shows a fund of £100,000 with the change in standard annuity rates for single and joint pensioners from age 55 to 75 with different annuity options such as level or escalating over 1 month compared to gilt yields:

Standard annuity 1 month changes
Fig 2: Change in standard rates last month compared to gilt yields


What happened to enhanced rates

Lifestyle smoker and enhanced annuities have decreased significantly across the board for all types of annuities and ages.

Enhanced annuity 1 month changes
Fig 3: Change in enhanced rates last month compared to gilt yields


For the latest updates see Annuity Rates Review.

Changes to the 15-year gilt yields

The yields change for the month from 1.46% to 1.62% or 16 basis points. Table 1 below shows the daily 15-year gilt yields and the increase or decrease from the previous day's close:


15-Year Gilt Yields - February 2022
Day Rate (%) Change (bp*)
1 1.45 -1
2 1.39 -6
3 1.51 +12
4 1.53 +2
7 1.56 +3
8 1.64 +8
9 1.57 -7
10 1.66 +9
11 1.66 0
14 1.71 +5
15 1.71 0
16 1.67 -4
17 1.61 -6
18 1.54 -7
21 1.56 +2
22 1.63 +7
23 1.65 +2
24 1.64 -1
25 1.66 +2
28 1.62 -4
  Table 1: Daily 15-year gilt yields and changes
* bp - basis points

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