Inflation-adjusted pension illustrations
On 6 April 2014 the Financial Conduct Authority introduced new rules for pension illustrations. The rules mean that illustrations which show the projected (or future) value of your pension savings, and the benefits that can be bought from those savings, must be discounted at a rate of 2.0% a year.
The discount is applied to reflect inflation; in other words, the fact that if your pension fund is invested for a number of years, the cost of goods and services will rise in the meantime and the true value of your money (in terms of what you can buy) will decrease. Nobody knows what the real rate of inflation will be, so it could be more or less than 2.0%. However, in general, the rules were introduced to:
- give a better indication of the buying power your current savings might provide in the future
- give consistency to the way your pension savings are shown by different providers.