175 – Occupational Pension transfers rise 15% on average

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Transfer values from final salary pension schemes ended 2016 15% higher than where they started, according to Xafinity Consulting, a pension and employee benefit consultant.

The increase was largely due to changes in long-term interest rates: as rates fall, so transfer values increase (and vice versa). Long-term rates dropped sharply in the wake of the Brexit vote, but then marginally backtracked in the final quarter – hence the slight decline in transfer values recorded by the Index.

However, as pension schemes often review their transfer value calculation basis on a regular cycle rather than reacting to every market move, some schemes have yet to take account fully of the most recent rate changes.

If you have final salary benefits from a previous employment, you might be lucky and find that your scheme is quoting transfer values still at or close to the peak levels of last October.

Even if the scheme’s calculation basis is more up to date, it could still be worth asking for a transfer value quotation. We can then use that figure, alongside a raft of other data, to assess whether the value is worth taking in your circumstances.

Pryor Portfolio Management provide an independent report service priding you with a fully informed appraisal of your circumstances to ensure you receive the best financial outcome for your occupational pension fund.

The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

The contents of this article is for information purposes only and represent the opinion of Pryor Portfolio Management Limited only. No action should be taken on the basis of this article alone. We always recommend you seek more detailed independent financial advice before taking action – feel free to contact us at any time.

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