Smoothed Return Announcement

In 2016, our With-Profits Fund delivered strong returns in the face of continuing market uncertainties. As a result we’re pleased to announce that all of our Income Choice Annuity customers will receive bonuses that deliver year-on-year increases in income after allowing for the Required Smoothed Return.

In 2017, we’ll maintain our prudent approach to managing the With-Profits Fund, which is a key pillar of the Fund’s success. We aim to secure the highest total return for the Fund over the long-term (after any tax and investment expenses) while maintaining an acceptable level of risk and protection for planholders. We’ll also continue to smooth some of the extreme highs and lows of short-term investment performance. 

We aim to ensure those with an annuity get their fair share of the With-Profits Fund's investment returns via the announced Smoothed Return. In addition to the investment returns on the Fund, the Smoothed Returns we announce depend on several factors including:

  • the effective date of the annuity
  • how we expect investments to perform in the following months
  • our views on mortality
  • adjustments for smoothing
  • your Plan's charges

The announced Smoothed Return can be changed and isn't guaranteed until it's due to be paid on your next Plan anniversary. It could even be negative, for example, if stock markets perform badly.

The effect of the Smoothed Return we announce on your income is included in your yearly statement.

This leaflet explains the 2017 Smoothed Return Announcement for the Income Choice Annuity.

Bonus Declaration 2017

How does this affect your Income Choice Annuity?

Effective date 1st  2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 
9 March 09 - 5 April 09 7.1% 8.5% 9.0% 7.0% 6.0% 8.0% 8.5% 5.0% 10.0% 
6 April 09 - 5 April 10 7.1% 7.1% 6.5% 5.0% 7.5%
8.5% 5.0% 9.0%   
6 April 10 - 5 April 11 6.5% 4.5% 4.5% 6.5% 7.0%
4.0% 8.0%     
6 April 11 - 5 April 12 6.0% 4.5% 6.5% 7.0% 4.0% 8.0%       
6 April 12 - 5 April 13 6.0% 6.5% 6.5% 3.5% 8.0%         
6 April 13 - 5 April 14 6.0% 6.0% 3.0% 8.0%           
6 April 14 - 5 April 15 5.0% 2.5% 7.0%             
6 April 15 - 5 April 16 5.0% 6.0%               
6 April 16 - 5 April 17  6.0%                 


Source: Prudential. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Changes in the income payable from an Income Choice Annuity will depend on the relationship between the Smoothed Return announced and the Required Smoothed Return needed to maintain the customer's chosen income. The income from an Income Choice Annuity can fall as well as rise at each plan anniversary. The Smoothed Return can be changed and it is not guaranteed until it becomes payable at the next plan anniversary.

Information about our With-Profits Fund

The Prudential Assurance Company Limited (PAC) With-Profits Fund is the largest with-profits funds in the UK.  The Fund consists mainly of with-profits business, but it also contains a significant amount of non-profits business.  Further details can be found in our Principles and Practices of Financial Management (PPFM).

The total level of assets backing the with-profits business in the Fund was £91.0bn at 31 December 2016.

Smoothed Returns are the way you receive your share of the profits of the Fund.