Lump sum

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A lump sum is a single payment of money, as opposed to a series of payments made over time (such as an annuity).[1][2][3][4]

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development distinguishes between "price analysis" and "cost analysis" by whether the decision maker compares lump sum amounts, or subjects contract prices to an itemized cost breakdown.[5]

In 1911, American union leaders including Samuel Gompers of the American Federation of Labor expressed opposition to lump sums being awarded to their members pursuant to a new workers compensation law, saying that when they received lump sums rather than periodic payments the risk of them squandering the money was greater.[6]

USA Today reported in 2003 that experts said that retirees tend to handle lump sum payments to them by either being overly frugal, or alternatively by using a lot of the lump sum payment quickly for travel and big-ticket items.[7]

The Financial Times reported in July 2011 that research by Prudential had found that 79% of polled pensioners collecting a company or private pension that year took a lump sum at their retirement, as compared to 76% in 2008.[8] Prudential was of the view that for many retirees, a lump sum at the time of retirement was the most tax-efficient option.[8] However, Prudential's head of business development, Vince Smith Hughes, said "some pensioners are beginning to regret the way they used the tax-free cash. The days of buying a shiny new car or going on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday may be gone."[8]

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  1. ^ W. Steve Albrecht, Earl K. Stice, James D. Stice, Monte R. Swain (February 26, 2010). Accounting: Concepts and Applications. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Neal T. Seidle, William J. Snider, Darwin M. Bayston (June 30, 1998). Investment basics and beyond. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ V. R. Leonard. The Social Security & Medicare Handbook: What You Need to Know Explained Simply. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ James E. Clyde (December 5, 2007). Construction inspection: a field guide to practice. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Quick Guide to Cost and Price Analysis for HUD Grantees and Funding Recipients". United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved July 16, 2011. Negotiating a modification (including change orders) to any type of contract, if the modification changes the work authorized under the contract, and changes the price or total estimated cost, either upwards or downwards. You must obtain a detailed breakdown of the contractor's proposed cost - not a lump sum proposal - before negotiating the change in contract price. 
  6. ^ "Lump Sum Payment is Strongly Opposed; Labor Leaders Favor Periodical Payments in Workmen's Compensation Plan". The Gazette Times. November 8, 1911. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ Dugas, Christine (August 13, 2003). "Many retirees select lump sum". USA Today. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Cara Waters (July 13, 2011). "Pensioners regret taking lump sum". Financial Times. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 

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