The Endowment Diary

The Endowment Diary

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

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Commercial Union Cut Payouts

Commercial Union Cut Payouts

Those unfortunate endowment policy holders who save with Commercial Union are in for a very unpleasant shock this year.

A saver who put in £50 a month for 25 years from January 1 1983, (from age 29) will receive just £39,321. This is 10% down on the £43,697 paid out on a 25-year plan taken out in January 1 1982.

To add to the misery, it is 19.6% down on the £48,889 paid out two years ago.

The odd thing is the fund, in which these policies are invested, grew by 5.4% last year and 11.7% the year before.

Why the cut the cut then?

Will the senior management of Commercial Union be taking a cut in their bonuses too?

Will Commercial Union be cutting their management charges, given that the fund is not producing the payouts that holders were led to believe it would?

As ever, it the hapless long suffering endowment policy holder that is left to foot the bill for failure not the managers of the endowment company.

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