Interactive Investor

Pension charges over time - how we worked it out

We partnered with independent experts at The Lang Cat to develop the value comparisons. We used the following criteria to find out how investing in a SIPP with ii's fair flat fees compares with other personal pensions.

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Analysis of charges and impact on portfolio values

Our analysis compares the potential impact of ongoing administration fees and trading charges for the following personal pensions on returns over a 30 year period, based on an individual with the profile described below. We assumed that investment charges, rates of investment growth and rates of inflation were the same across the board. The examples are not illustrations of what you might get back. This will always depend on your personal circumstances. If you apply to open a SIPP account with ii we will provide you with an illustration for your personal circumstances in line with the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority. Investment returns go down as well as up and you may get back more or less than any figure illustrated.

Total portfolio value after 30 years

Provider

Total Portfolio Value

Difference vs ii SIPP

Interactive Investor SIPP

£1,110,387

-

Hargreaves Lansdown SIPP

£1,041,852

-£68,535

AJ Bell YouInvest SIPP

£1,079,704

-£30,683

Fidelity Personal Investing SIPP

£1,071,673

-£38,714

Barclays Smart Investor SIPP Account

£1,066,096

-£44,291

Vanguard Personal Pension (SIPP)

£1,098,762

-£11,625

Aviva Personal Pension

£1,061,835

-£48,552

Scottish Widows Retirement Account

£1,071,797

-£38,590

Standard Life SIPP

£1,010,356

-£100,031

Total charges after 30 years

Provider

Total Charges

Difference vs ii SIPP

Interactive Investor SIPP

£102,435

-

Hargreaves Lansdown SIPP

£139,500

+£37,065

AJ Bell YouInvest SIPP

£118,816

+£16,381

Fidelity Personal Investing SIPP

£123,609

+£21,174

Barclays Smart Investor SIPP Account

£127,443

+£25,007

Vanguard Personal Pension (SIPP)

£108,601

+£6,166

Aviva Personal Pension

£127,131

+£24,696

Scottish Widows Retirement Account

£123,188

+£20,752

Standard Life SIPP

£157,519

+£55,084

Typical investor pensions

For all example comparisons, our analysis assumes:

  • A typical investor aged 35 with an accumulated pension pot of £100,000
  • Over a 30 year investment lifecycle, annual gross contributions of £10,000 have been added to the pension
  • One buy and one sell trade in each year, with associated dealing charges included.

The investment returns reflect the following charges:

  • Administration fees
  • Dealing costs (assuming online transactions only)
  • Fund manager charges, known as the Ongoing Charges Figure.

All competitor charges were taken from their published fees and were correct as at 29 September 2021. In the summary tables above, charges and portfolio values have been rounded to the nearest £100 for illustration purposes.

Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF)

  • The analysis assumes a typical portfolio of active funds, with an average OCF of 0.66%.
  • This OCF is taken from the investment each year, not from your pension cash.
  • The typical OCF used is the average fee charged by the active funds (not investment trusts) making up the ii Super 60 range, as published in their Key Investor Information Documents in October 2020. Each provider shown may offer a different range of investments.

Investment returns

For all comparisons shown, the Lang Cat assumed:

  • Future investment growth will be at 5%. This is for illustration only and is not guaranteed. Investment returns can go down as well as up.
  • An inflation rate of 2.00% throughout the period. Inflation is applied to regular contributions and to instances of fixed fees, but not used to adjust final projected values.