RP poll: Should we be allowed to unwind annuities?

        Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 16:58

        In this week’s quick fire RP poll we asked: Do you agree with Steve Webb's proposal that those who have purchased annuities should have the opportunity to unwind them for a capital sum?


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        A race against time: Dealing with retirement change

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    Do you agree with Steve Webb's proposal that those who have purchased annuities should have the opportunity to unwind them for a capital sum?