Smoothed Return Announcement

2018 was a difficult year for financial markets, which experienced lots of ups and downs. These impacted our With-Profits Fund because it invests globally in many different investments. Despite this we’ve been able to provide some protection to our customers from the extremes of market volatility through the smoothed returns that we’ve announced at the 2019 declaration.

We’ll continue to manage the Fund prudently. We’ll aim to secure the highest total return for the Fund (after any tax and investment expenses) while maintaining an acceptable level of risk and protecting our planholders. We’ll also continue to smooth some of the extreme highs and lows of 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 2019 Smoothed Return Announcement for the Income Choice Annuity.

Bonus Declaration 2019

2018 was a difficult year for financial markets, which experienced lots of ups and downs. These impacted our With-Profits Fund because it invests globally in many different investments. Despite this we’ve been able to provide some protection to our customers from the extremes of market volatility through the smoothed returns that we’ve announced at the 2019 declaration.
We’ll continue to manage the Fund prudently. We’ll aim to secure the highest total return for the Fund (after any tax and investment expenses) while maintaining an acceptable level of risk and protecting our planholders. We’ll also continue to smooth some of the extreme highs and lows of investment performance.

How does this affect your Income Choice Annuity?

  Anniversary
Effective date 1st  2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th  10th 11th 
9 March 09 - 5 April 09 7.1% 8.5% 9.0% 7.0% 6.0% 8.0% 8.5% 5.0% 10.0%  12.0% 2.5% 
6 April 09 - 5 April 10 7.1% 7.1% 6.5% 5.0% 7.5%
8.5% 5.0% 9.0%  11.0% 1.0%   
6 April 10 - 5 April 11 6.5% 4.5% 4.5% 6.5% 7.0%
4.0% 8.0%  11.0% 1.0%     
6 April 11 - 5 April 12 6.0% 4.5% 6.5% 7.0% 4.0% 8.0%  11.0% 1.0%       
6 April 12 - 5 April 13 6.0% 6.5% 6.5% 3.5% 8.0%  11.0% 1.5%         
6 April 13 - 5 April 14 6.0% 6.0% 3.0% 8.0%  11.0% 1.5%           
6 April 14 - 5 April 15 5.0% 2.5% 7.0%  9.5% 1.5%             
6 April 15 - 5 April 16 5.0% 6.0%  8.0% 1.0%               
6 April 16 - 5 April 17  6.0% 8.0% 1.0%                 
6 April 17 - 5 April 18 6.0%*     1.0%                   
6 April 18 - 5 April 19  4.5%*                    


* This applies to customers originating from our Flexible Lifetime Annuity (FLA) only.

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 one of 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 £104.3bn at 31 December 2018.

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

£104.3bn at 31 December 2018.