UK retirees are missing out to the tune of £56.6 million by not taking advantage of enhanced annuities. Over 150,000 people could increase their retirement income by purchasing an enhanced annuity as opposed to a standard annuity, as rates are calculated individually, based on the applicant's personal circumstances. Therefore, people with certain medical or lifestyle conditions, such as heart disease or smoking habits, could significantly improve their income after retirement by opting for enhanced annuities, according to LV='s 'Missing Income' report. A survey carried out by Watson Wyatt in January revealed that just 27,482 people annuitants purchased an enhanced annuity in 2008. "A lot of annuitants still feel uncomfortable about revealing lifestyle or medical conditions to a financial adviser," said Matt Trott, head of annuities. "However, if people are open about their smoking habit, or the fact they suffer from diabetes, it will ultimately help them secure extra income for their retirement - so it's vital they are upfront about these aspects."
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