Your pension is perhaps the most important financial investment you will ever make, yet most people are happy to leave their pension plans in the hands of previous employers or insurance companies, or invest in “’off-the-shelf” products that are not beneficial to their financial situation.
Due to the recent government led changes to pension contributions and tax breaks, it is essential you choose the right pension for you. Amongst our team, we have expert pension planners, who can analyse your financial situation and recommend the most beneficial pension advice and pension plans, specific to you and your circumstances.
Self-invested personal pension (SIPPs) offer you the opportunity to take control of your pension, giving you a much wider choice of investments to suit your priorities and preferences.
What is a SIPP?
A SIPP is a special form of personal pension which allows you to choose and control the investments within your pension. SIPPs have significant benefits – the key differentiator to a standard pension plan is the range of investments available.
- An extremely wide range of investment funds.
- Direct investment in stocks and shares.
- Cash deposits.
- Investments in commercial property.
- Flexible and tax-efficient way to turn your pension fund into retirement income.
A self-administered scheme (SSAS) is a special form of occupational pension scheme, designed for controlling directors of private companies.
Why choose a SSAS?
The benefits and investment flexibility of a SSAS are very similar to those of a SIPP, however a SSAS has the additional benefit of being able to make loans to the sponsoring employer. A SIPP cannot lend to the employer, so if pension-backed loans are important for your business, then a SSAS is the pension scheme for you.
Auto-enrolment is a government-backed pension initiative which means as of 1st October 2012, millions of eligible workers are being automatically enrolled into standardised workplace pension schemes. What does this mean for employers? It means employers must take auto-enrolment seriously and offer appropriate pension advice to their workforce. Click to find out how Acumen can help with Auto-enrolment.
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