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Smoothed Return Announcement

Our With-Profits Fund performed well in 2019 and that means the vast majority of our Income Choice Annuity planholders will receive bonuses that deliver year-on-year increases in income, after allowing for the Required Smoothed Return (RSR).

This year, we’ve also got additional money in the With-Profits Sub Fund to share with our Income Choice Annuity planholders. Because of this, we’ve increased the unsmoothed value of plans by 1.25%. This is reflected in the Smoothed Returns from this year. There’s a chance we might have to take back this extra money. You can find out more details on our website at:

In 2020 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 clients 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 clients income is included in your yearly statement. This webpage explains the 2020 Smoothed Return Announcement for the Income Choice Annuity.

See the bonus declaration for the With-Profits fund.

On the Bonus Declaration literature page, you will find literature and sales aids that you can use to discuss bonus declaration with your clients.

How does this affect the Income Choice Annuity product?



Effective Date













09/03/09 to 
7.1% 8.5% 9.0% 7.0% 6.0% 8.0% 8.5% 5.0% 10.0% 12.0% 2.5% 17.5%
06/04/09 to 
7.1% 7.1% 6.5% 5.0% 7.5% 8.5% 5.0% 9.0% 11.0% 1.0% 15.5%  
06/04/10 to 
6.5% 4.5% 4.5% 6.5% 7.0% 4.0% 8.0% 11.0% 1.0% 13.0%    
06/04/11 to 
6.0% 4.5% 6.5% 7.0% 4.0% 8.0% 11.0% 1.0% 13.0%      
06/04/12 to 
6.0% 6.5% 6.5% 3.5% 8.0% 11.0% 1.5% 13.0%        
06/04/13 to 
6.0% 6.0% 3.0% 8.0% 11.0% 1.5% 13.0%          
06/04/14 to 
5.0% 2.5% 7.0% 9.5% 1.5% 13.0%            
06/04/15 to 
5.0% 6.0% 8.0% 1.0% 12.5%              
06/04/16 to 
6.0% 8.0% 1.0% 12.5%                
06/04/17 to 05/04/18
6.0%* 1.0%* 6.5%*                  
06/04/18 to 05/04/19  4.5%* 6.5%*                    
06/04/19 To 05/04/20 4.5%*                      

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

Source: Prudential

Past performance isn't a guide to 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.

"Prudential" is a trading name of Prudential Distribution Limited. Prudential Distribution Limited is registered in Scotland. Registered Office at Craigforth, Stirling FK9 4UE. Registered number SC212640. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Prudential Distribution Limited is part of the same corporate group as the Prudential Assurance Company. The Prudential Assurance Company and Prudential Distribution Limited are direct/indirect subsidiaries of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom. These companies are not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc, a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America or Prudential plc, an international group incorporated in the United Kingdom.