Category Archives: Pensions

The Effect of Expected Interest Rat...

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After the Brexit vote in 2016, the Bank of England reduced its benchmark Bank Rate to 0.25%. This was decided upon by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to limit the risk of the recession resulting from the decision to leave the EU. On the 2nd November 2017, we witnessed the first Bank Rate increase in … Continue reading The Effect of Expected Interest Rate Increases on Defined Benefit Pension Transfer Values

The £210bn Two-Thirds Pensions Tim...

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The retirement plans of millions of workers in the UK are going into turmoil because of the existing deficits in two-thirds of the pensions schemes. Of the 5,588 pension schemes that the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) monitors, there exists deficits in 3,710 of these schemes. This report by the PPF at the end of 2017, … Continue reading The £210bn Two-Thirds Pensions Time Bomb: Worrying Times Ahead for Retirees

How to transfer your UK pension to ...

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Qualifications to transfer UK pensions to an Australian QROPS Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) 55 plus Individuals should be 55 years of age and above but not beyond 65 years unless employed in Australia Only certain schemes that are not ‘in payment’ can be transferred. They are: private pension schemes, Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs), and final … Continue reading How to transfer your UK pension to Australia (Updated 2018)

Are You Fully Aware of the Death Be...

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Knowing the type of personal pension that you have is key to understanding what will happen to your pension in the event of your death. The type of your scheme, as well as whether you have already begun to draw the pension, will determine what your partner, children and any other beneficiary will receive. In … Continue reading Are You Fully Aware of the Death Benefits on Your UK Pension?

British/UK Pension in Australia New...

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Australia is a popular retirement destination for British expats due its warm climate and quality of life. Cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offer an excellent standard of living, and therefore it is no surprise that many Brits choose to move there every year. If you are considering retiring to Australia from the UK … Continue reading British/UK Pension in Australia New Rules – Updated for 2017

How Ring-Fencing Rules Will Affect ...

Barclays Pension Changes 2017

Hidden in Barclays’ July interim results, was an issue that has the potential to affect almost a quarter of a million people in the Barclays pension scheme.The bank’s pension scheme is not in great shape, and as at 30th September last year, the pension shortfall stood at a staggering £7.9 billion. The deficit has increased … Continue reading How Ring-Fencing Rules Will Affect The Barclays Pension Scheme

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