Recent figures from our drawdown governance service have shown that just under half of Royal London drawdown customers are taking an income that’s highly likely to last them for the rest of their life. According to the figures:
While 53% have a higher risk of running out of income, it’s important to note that in some cases, customers might choose to use up the retirement savings from their drawdown plan. For example, someone who’s 60 years old might choose to use up the savings in their drawdown plan until other sources of income become available when they reach age 65.
Some drawdown customers have a high capacity for loss, so income sustainability isn’t as important. However, it’s extremely important for others that they understand the risks of their money not lasting as long as they need it to.
Our drawdown governance service will help you engage with your drawdown clients by calculating an income sustainability score for them, tracking progress against their score every quarter and highlighting any changes. So you can easily identify clients who are at risk of not meeting their financial goals.
As of November 2018, our service is used by 5,025 advisers across 3,078 firms.
Our heat map assesses the sustainability of different withdrawal rates over different terms:
All values are calculated using a 1% AMC and using Governed Retirement Income Portfolio 3.
The figures show that over a 15 year term, a 6% withdrawal rate is highly sustainable. However, as the term increases this become unsustainable.
Customers in our drawdown governance service are invested in a variety of different strategies, with 30% investing in our Governed Retirement Income Portfolios (GRIPs). The GRIPs are a suite of five portfolios designed for clients in income drawdown, and portfolios are chosen depending on a client's attitude to risk.
Find out more information about our drawdown governance service, or talk to your usual Royal London contact.