The Endowment Diary

The Endowment Diary


The Endowment Mis-selling Debacle - one of the UK's worst financial scandals

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Terminal Decline

Terminal Decline

The Scotsman writes that endowment policies are in "terminal decline". They cite the recent cuts in bonuses, announced by the larger life assurance companies; quote:

"..Standard Life and Clerical Medical were this week the latest in a string of assurors to serve up unpalatable news to policyholders: the former slashed bonuses almost across the board, despite a 10.4 per cent pre-tax return on its with-profits fund, while the latter's investors fared little better, although its fund was up 9.9 per cent.

That followed grim tidings from Scottish Widows, a subsidiary of Lloyds TSB, and Aviva - owned Norwich Union. Like Standard Life, Widows cut final payouts for the sixth time in three years, following a 10.5 per cent lift in its fund.

Earlier, Norwich Union, the UK's largest insurer, became the first this year to deliver a stinging blow, slashing payouts by up to 11.5 per cent when its four funds overall enjoyed the same rise.

Prudential's bonus declaration is over a fortnight away, while Abbey National is not due to make its announcement until March. The Pru has claimed it will increase or maintain total bonus rates on all unitised with-profits and offer good year-on-year increases in value

The bottom line to this is that we, the holders of these lousy underperforming polices, are screwed.

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