Opportunity knocks for pensions – for now

If you have chosen to retire in France, your pension funds can play a large part in determining your lifestyle and financial security. You need to keep up-to-date with developments that may affect your funds or offer new opportunities. 

For example, a crisis in UK pensions may prove rewarding to expatriates with ‘defined benefit’ or ‘final salary’ schemes. Widely seen as the ‘golden’ pension, final salary schemes provide substantial benefits by guaranteeing a fixed, inflation-linked income for the whole of retirement.

Now a tipping point has been reached, as astronomical pay-outs offered by some providers to cash-in early can far outweigh the benefits of drawing a guaranteed pension for life.
Crunch time for pension providers.

Around 15 million people have final salary pensions. The income they provide depends on salary and time spent working for a company, but is usually quite generous.
In this climate of all-time low interest rates and market uncertainty, however, providers are finding it increasingly difficult to fund pension payments promised to members.
The cost of providing final salary pensions has soared as returns from ...

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