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Annuity types

With profit annuities: a good alternative investment strategy for retirees

While it is important to consider expected income growth over a long-term investment horizon, the annuity conversation generally starts with: How much monthly income can I secure?


What to look for in an annuity product

Just SA’s Bjorn Ladewig discusses choosing an annuity product at retirement with Simon Brown on MONEYWEBNOW [Audio at 13m30s] 


The Benefits of Blending

In their August magazine, FA NEWS published an article outlining the relatively new annuity option that enables a higher sustainable drawdown with less associated risk. When comparing current market solutions, Just shows how pensioners could increase their monthly income by 25% by purchasing a new-generation with-profit life annuity, rather than a traditional living annuity. However, in return for this higher lifetime income, they do need to forego the flexibility of how much they can draw. Read the full article for more detail.  


Is the annuity debate shifting back to life, from living?

"Reintroducing the with-profit annuity: There is another type of life annuity that is making somewhat of a comeback at the moment, namely the with-profit annuity. Commentators single out Just SA, Liberty, Momentum, Old Mutual and Sanlam as the main life insurers in the with-profit segment," says FA NEWS


How to manage your living annuity in uncertain times

"If you cannot draw a reasonable level of income, you take on increased longevity risk and investment risk, and therefore increased risk of failure in a living annuity investment. In this case, it’s worth considering transferring some or all of the risk to an insurer by purchasing a guaranteed annuity," says Shaun Duddy, Senior Manager in Product Development at Allan Gray in PERSONAL FINANCE


Alternative ways to structure a pension

In his latest op-ed for DAILY MAVERICK, Bruce Cameron says that the best way to overcome the disadvantages of living annuities and guaranteed annuities is to use both. This becomes even more important with COVID-19 and the downgrading of South Africa’s credit rating.


Clearing up the confusion about annuity products

PERSONAL FINANCE clears up some confusion regarding annuities, including converting from a living annuity to a life annuity. Just's Segabe Ditodi contributes to the article and provides insight into the broader process. 


What if I’m about to retire and my savings are low?

If you are within about five years of retirement and your savings have taken a hit with the recent market falls, there are some things you need to think about, writes Laura du Preez in a recent SowetanLIVE article featuring Just CEO, Deane Moore.


The tricky balance between retirement earnings and death benefits

Bruce Cameron has written a series of articles for the DAILY MAVERICK dealing with some of the pros and cons of guaranteed annuities versus living annuities. Our CEO Deane Moore features in his latest article on retirement earnings and death benefits, and aims to clear up some misperceptions surrounding guaranteed annuities and leaving a legacy. 


Living Annuity vs Death Benefits: A tough balance

The more income you require from an investment-linked living annuity the less the death benefit you will receive. As one goes up, the other goes down. What that means is that benefits for heirs are seldom achieved. A DAILY MAVERICK op-ed explores the complexity of living annuity investments from Bruce Cameron, and why it is recommended to seek financial advice. 


The dichotomy between what pension scheme members want and what they get

A regular contributor to the DAILY MAVERICK, Bruce Cameron says: "Most living annuity pensioners had already received a serious body blow even before the virus and the downgrade of South Africa’s debt, with many already having high drawdowns. Despite this, 90% of South African pensioners want living annuities on which to retire, while at the same time research undertaken by Sanlam and Just SA finds that 87% of retirees want security of income." 


What should investors do when unit trusts have lost across the board?

BUSINESS DAY reports that almost every asset class is showing severe losses for the quarter to date and asset managers are calling March an unprecedented month for investments as concerns on the effect of the coronavirus on economies around the world spread. Good news for pensioners is that the cost of purchasing a guaranteed income for life has gone down by almost as much as the fall in value of balanced portfolios, says Just CEO Deane Moore.