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Income sustainability
Retirees now have a number of new income options. Whilst an underwritten annuity might be the benchmark for a guaranteed return, some may decide to invest monies outside of a pension to generate an income. However, anything over 25% is liable to tax on leaving the pension fund, and may be taxable again depending on the investment vehicle that is used subsequently.

Since the money is already ''invested'' in the pension fund, it may still come down to choosing between a secured or unsecured pension. An annuity promises to pay a set amount of income for life, which might be higher than expected, depending on the client''s lifestyle or medical condition. An unsecured pension may offer flexibility and the potential for growth but there is the risk that the fund and income could fall below the client''s need. This could be a major deciding factor in whether to opt for risk-free solution.

Modelling for a sustainable unsecured pension already exists. Critical yield type A is used to establish the growth rate needed in drawdown to match the annuity that could have been bought at outset.

The textbook wording is:

Type A: the growth rate needed on the "drawdown" investment sufficient to provide and maintain an income equal to that obtainable under an equivalent immediate annuity.

However, a type A illustration is not always based on the best annuity rate in the market, so does not necessarily give the full picture. In some cases it is not even based on the best standard rate available - and is unlikely to consider health conditions.

The best annuity rate should include any uplift due to underwriting. This can be a very significant sum and to understand the real rate of return required from a drawdown fund, an enhanced annuity quote should always be considered for someone with health or lifestyle issues. In some calculators, which allow you to specify the rate for comparison, this may have to be done as a "Type B" calculation.

The textbook wording for this is:

Type B: the growth rate necessary to provide and maintain a selected level of income.

Some of this modelling may change in the future but current critical yields still generally default to assume an annuity is bought at 75, though that requirement was already lifted.

If a client is considering drawing directly from the fund, this ''personalised'' critical yield should be discussed along with the level of risk required to match that income. That way, the client can decide whether they would be in a better position by simply securing the guaranteed income at outset.
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General Buyer Terms

This agreement is in relation to MediEstates Limited whose registered office is at 1st Floor, Pacific House, Stanier Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6BF acting for and on behalf of our clients ("the Vendors"); and yourself (Buyer's Name) in relation for an introduction to a prospective sale of a business as a going concern. By registering through this agreement I agree to all terms set out below:

  1. Definitions
    In this Agreement the following terms and phrases shall have the following meaning unless the context otherwise requires:

    Dental Practice business providing dental care. This business is under the MediEstates Ltd sale terms.
    Confidential Information
    Means the actual Vendors identity and all confidential information in respect of the Business, including, but not limited to, any ideas, business methods, prices, accounts, finance, marketing, research, development, manpower plans, processes, market opportunities, intentions, design rights, product information, customer lists or details, employees’ details, trade secrets, computer systems and software, and other matters connected with the products or services manufactured, marketed, provided or obtained by the Vendor, and information concerning the Vendor’s relationships with actual or potential clients or customers and the needs and requirements of such clients’ or customers’ operations.
  2. Obligation of Confidentiality
    The Prospective Purchaser agrees to treat as confidential, information supplied by or on behalf of the Vendor in connection with the sale of the Business.
  3. Exclusions
    The obligation of confidentiality set out in clause 2 does not apply to:
    1. any information received from a third party who was legally free at the time of disclosure to disclose it;
    2. any information which was already lawfully in the Prospective Purchaser’s possession prior to receiving it from MediEstates Ltd on behalf of the Vendor; and
    3. any information which is in its entirety already in the public domain.
  4. Duties of Prospective Purchaser
    1. The Prospective Purchaser shall take such a reasonable security measures to protect the Confidential Information and trade secrets.
    2. The Prospective Purchaser shall not, without the prior written consent of the Vendor, permit any of the Confidential Information:
      1. to be disclosed, other than in confidence to its legal or professional advisors;
      2. to be copied or reproduced;
      3. to be commercially exploited in any way;
      4. to be used for any purpose other than in connection with the prospective purchase of the Business;
      5. MediEstates is registered under the Data Protection Act 2018. Upon Signing this agreement you agree to follow the legal obligations of this act to protect the details of the information supplied to you, with it no to be passed outside of the control of you the prospective purchaser.
    3. The Prospective Purchaser agrees to keep a record of Confidential Information received.
    4. The Prospective Purchaser will return to MediEstates or the Vendor all documents containing Confidential Information and all copies of those documents on demand at any time which are in its possession or under its control, and for this purpose the term “documents” includes computer discs and all other materials capable of storing data and information. The Prospective Purchaser agrees that such documents remain the property of the MediEstates on behalf of the Vendor.
    5. The Prospective Purchaser must not jeopardise or re-direct the sale under any circumstances.
    6. The Prospective Purchaser must not contact the Local Area Team or CCG regarding any practice sale, by any means of media unless written permission is granted from the Vendor.
    7. To carry out own due diligence on practice purchases and accepts that any information MediEstates has supplied is information provided by the vendor and is not responsible for its accuracy or completeness.
  5. This Agreement
    The existence of this Agreement and its terms are confidential and neither MediEstates nor the Purchaser may disclose anything about this Agreement or its subject matter or implementation to any person other than in confidence to their legal or professional advisers.
  6. Duties of Prospective Purchaser
    When buying Dental practices, finance is normally needed. Our organisation operated over more than one of the MediHoldings brand, by completing this from you agree that the information can be shared to our other organisations to avoid the need to register independently and provide the best possible service.

    MediEstates will refer you to the specialist dental lending team and MediFinancial who will contact the necessary banks, whom have preferential healthcare lending rates in some cases, to ascertain which funding is available to you.
    By signing this agreement you do not have to use any of the banks MediFinancial contact, it is just another service which we provide.
  7. Deposit for Dental Practice
    If you are interested in putting forward a formal offer in for a practice, once the offer is accepted there will be a deposit required to secure the practice sale which is dependant of the practice size. This deposit is held in a client account and will be returned to the buyer on completion of the practice sale. You the buyer, will be required to sign a deposit schedule which will cover the buyer and the seller in the event that the practice sale does not proceed.
  8. Changes to this Agreement
    Any changes made to this agreement must be authorised and signed by one of MediEstates Ltd Directors.
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