A stakeholder pension is one of the simplest ways of investing for your retirement and making the most of the tax benefits that a pension brings. With several other types of pension plan to choose from, here are some guidelines to help you decide whether a stakeholder pension is the right plan for you.
To be eligible for a Stakeholder Pension you need to be under 75 years of age and resident in the UK. You’re classed as ’resident’ if you live in the UK all or most of the time – if you’re not sure, you can ask your local tax office. You may also be eligible if either you or your spouse/civil partner works overseas for the UK Government.
You want the flexibility to stop, start or change your payments as often as you like, with no penalties.
You want a low minimum payment – just £20 per month.
You want to benefit from low charges – a maximum of 0.55% of the fund value each year, which covers the cost of plan administration and looking after your investments.
You want the benefit of tax relief on your pension payments. But remember that future changes in law and tax practice could affect your tax liability.
You want access to a carefully selected choice of investment funds with the potential to grow your pension fund, but you accept that the value of your pension fund may be less than has been paid in.
You’re looking for some flexibility with your options at retirement, such as choosing whether you retire gradually or outright.
You want to start a pension plan for your children or grandchildren.
You’re looking for more flexibility with your options at retirement, such as the ability to take pension fund withdrawals while continuing to invest.
You’re looking for even wider investment options.
You might need to access your money before retirement.
You don't want to accept any risk of your investment falling in value.
Your employer has a company pension scheme that you are able to join. If so, you should always consider your employer’s scheme first and discuss this with a financial adviser.
The first step is to talk it through with a financial adviser to make sure it's the right pension plan for you. If you don't have an adviser, you can find one in your area at unbiased.co.uk.
If you and your adviser agree that an Aviva Stakeholder Pension is right for you, your adviser will provide you with all the information you'll need to apply. This will include: