Investec Structured Products has launched the FTSE100 Retirement Deposit Plan 1 – the first of its kind to have been specifically designed for the retirement market.
Only available via SIPPs, this new deposit plan offers guaranteed income payments with a bonus payment at maturity provided the FTSE100 finishes higher. Investec has been a key participant in industry debate around retirement income pre and post pension freedoms and has taken a keen interest with industry developments. Ongoing dialogue with industry leaders has resulted in a product specifically designed to meet the needs of customers drawing income from pension products.
The FTSE 100 Retirement Deposit Plan 1 has been developed as an alternative to traditional annuity products and provides a guaranteed income each year, irrespective of the performance of the FTSE 100. At maturity, the product return will be dependent on the performance of the FTSE 100.
This new Plan offers fixed annual payments of either 5.25% (Option 1) or 4% (Option 2) over the 6 year term. Option 1 aims to return the full deposit amount provided the FTSE100 is greater than 90% of its start level at maturity with Option 2 requiring the FTSE100 to be greater than 75% of its start level at maturity to return the full deposit.
This plan has been developed following the introduction of the government’s pension’s reforms earlier this year. Investec Structured Products has had a sustained involvement in the pension’s freedom’s debate and has recognised the need for alternative sources of retirement income.
Gary Dale (pictured), Head of Intermediary Sales at Investec Structured Products, says: “In the period since the government’s pension legislation was announced, it became clear that clients in or approaching retirement were entering a radically different world.
“In today’s financial environment of low interest rates and low Gilt yields, it is more and more important to be able to ensure that capital lasts longer and retains its power to provide long-term income throughout the period of retirement.
“At Investec Structured Products we appreciate the importance of secure, sustained income for retirees and we are constantly looking to develop new product shapes to target a wider range of customer needs. This new Structured Deposit will help clients maximise income from their retirement funds at a time when the need for more competitive retirement income is clearly a priority within the post-retirement market.”