COBS 19 Annex 4C 1Assumptions

This annex belongs to COBS 19.1.2BR and COBS 19.1.3AR.

Assumptions

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(1)

A firm must use the assumptions in (2) when:

(a)

the proposed arrangement includes a pension annuity and COBS 19 Annex 4A 1R(2) applies; or

(b)

it determines the estimated cost of future income benefits as a pension annuity under COBS 19 Annex 4B 1R(2) or COBS 19 Annex 4B 2R(2).

(2)

The assumptions are:

(a)

the index-linked annuity interest rate for pension benefits linked to the RPI is the average of the previous 3 months’ intermediate rate of return in COBS 13 Annex 2 3.1R(6) for annuities linked to the RPI (using the 6th day of any month as the starting point for calculation purposes), but determined as if the annual provision applies on the 15th of each month;

(b)

the index-linked annuity interest rate for pension benefits linked to the CPI is the annuity rate in (a) plus 0.5%;

(c)

the annuity interest rate is the average of the previous 3 months’ intermediate rate of return in COBS 13 Annex 2 3.1R(6) for annuities with a level or fixed rate of increase (using the 6th day of any month as the starting point for calculation purposes), but determined as if the annual provision applies on the 15th of each month;

(d)

the annuity interest rate for post-retirement limited price indexation based on the RPI with maximum pension increases less than or equal to 3.5%, or with minimum pension increases more than or equal to 3.5%, is the rate in (c) allowing for increases at the maximum rate of pension increase; otherwise it is the rate in (a);

(e)

the annuity interest rate for post-retirement limited price indexation based on the CPI with maximum pension increases less than or equal to 3.0%, or with minimum pension increases more than or equal to 3.5%, is the rate in (c) above allowing for increases at the maximum rate of pension increase; where minimum pension increases are more than or equal to 3% but less than 3.5% the annuity rate is the rate in (c) above allowing for increases at the minimum rate of pension increase; otherwise it is the rate in (b) above;

(f)

the mortality rate used to determine the annuity is based on the year of birth rate derived from each of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Continuous Mortality Investigation tables PMA08 and PFA08 and including mortality improvements derived from each of the male and female annual mortality projections models, in equal parts;

(g)

the annuity expense allowance is:

4.0%

(3)

A firm must use the assumptions in (4) when it:

(a)

projects the level of income likely to be paid under the ceding arrangement at the point of retirement under COBS 19 Annex 4A 1R(3); or

(b)

revalues the future income benefits in COBS 19.1.3AR(1) by projecting them to the date they would normally be paid under COBS 19 Annex 4B 1R(1).

(4)

The assumptions are:

(a)

the RPI is:

2.5%

(b)

the average earnings index and the rate for section 148 orders is:

4.0%

(c)

for benefits linked to the RPI, the pre-retirement limited price indexation revaluation is:

2.5%

(d)

for benefits linked to the CPI, the pre-retirement limited price indexation revaluation is:

2.0%

[Note: section 148 orders are orders made by the Secretary of State under section 148 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. Section 148(7) of this Act provides that orders made previously under section 21 of the Social Security Pensions Act 1975 will be treated as orders made under section 148.]

Rate of return and charges

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(1)

This rule applies for the purposes of COBS 19 Annex 4B 1R(3).

(2)

The rates of return for valuing future income benefits between the date of calculation and the date when the future income benefits would normally come into payment must be based on the fixed coupon yield on the UK FTSE Actuaries Indices for the appropriate term.

(3)

The product charges prior to future income benefits coming into payment must be assumed to be:

0.75%

Mortality rate

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(1)

This rule applies for the purposes of COBS 19 Annex 4C 1R(2)(f).

(2)

For any year commencing 6 April, the male and female annual CMI Mortality Projections Models in the series CMI (20YY-2)_M_[1.25%] and CMI (20YY-2)_F_[1.25%], where YY-2 is the year of the Model, should be used.

(3)

Contravention of (2) may be relied on as tending to establish contravention of the rule referred to in (1).