Jargon buster: financial phrases simplified

This week’s jargon buster looks at the letter ‘U’. Picture: Supplied.

This week’s jargon buster looks at the letter ‘U’. Picture: Supplied.

Published May 24, 2024


JARGON buster aims to give simple, plain English explanations for typical words and phrases used in the financial industry, in particular, words relating to guaranteed life annuities and living annuities.

This week, we look at the letter: U

UnderwritingUnderwriting assesses your personal health and socio-economic circumstances to determine your starting income for a life annuity. By considering these factors, the annuity provider may offer a higher starting income, to reflect the potentially shorter lifespan of the annuitant compared to average life expectancy.

Source: Just Retirement SA, [email protected].

The jargon buster is intended for information purposes only. It should not be regarded as advice as defined in the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act 37 of 2002 or any form of advice in respect of the policy, retirement, tax, legal or other professional service whatsoever.

You are encouraged to seek advice from an authorised financial adviser or to independently decide what financial product is appropriate for you, based upon your own judgment and understanding of your financial needs.

Just Retirement Life (South Africa) Limited is a licensed life insurance company, regulated by the Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank and the Financial Sector Conduct Authority as an authorised financial services provider (FSP number 46423).