PENSIONS & INVESTMENTS
A pension transfer from a Defined Benefit (salary-related) pension scheme means giving up your scheme benefits in return for a cash value.
Final Salary Pensions
A pension transfer from a Defined Benefit (salary-related) pension scheme means giving up your scheme benefits in return for a cash value, which is then invested in another pension scheme, known as a Defined Contribution (DC) scheme. In most cases you’re likely to be worse off if you transfer out of a Defined Benefit scheme, even if your employer gives you an incentive to leave.
Before you go ahead, it makes good sense to speak with an expert adviser in this area, who can provide helpful insight, first comparing the money you have been offered by your pension scheme against the value of the pension you are giving up, then creating a bespoke plan based on your personal circumstances and lifestyle aspirations should you decide to move forward.
Our financial advisers specialise in retirement planning and options
A key consideration is your attitude to risk. If you take a cash transfer and shoulder the investment strategy yourself, the value of your fund is very likely to fluctuate. This could mean that your assets appreciate considerably, however you must also consider the potential impact should your investments perform badly.
You may reduce the risk associated with investing in a DC pension or in a drawdown product via certain means, such as electing for lower-risk investments, however the potential returns may be lower as a result.
Skilled management of the resultant investment pot is crucial in helping to mitigate the risks involved. Our financial advisers Sarah Kendell and Paul Breaks specialise in retirement planning and retirement options. Both hold the recognised qualifications (AwPETR and G60, respectively) as pension transfer specialists.
Getting compulsory financial advice
You must get independent financial advice, by law, if you have a:
Final Salary or Career Average pension (known as a ‘Defined Benefit’ pension) worth more than £30,000 and you want to transfer it to a Defined Contribution pension scheme
Defined Contribution pension worth more than £30,000 with a guarantee about what you’ll be paid when you retire (eg a guaranteed annuity rate) and you want to give it up to do something else with your pot
Speaking with a financial adviser makes good sense even if your pension is worth £30,000 or less and you wish to transfer it to a DC pension scheme.
The Financial Options Group can help
Our team of qualified advisers can talk you through all the options and give you simple, uncomplicated advice to help you make the right choice for your circumstances.
Transferring out of a final salary pension is unlikely to be in the best interests of most people.