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Richard's story

Retired Richard Papiransky was fed up of paying excessive charges on his old-style pension scheme with Standard Life - and its poor performance. 

“I wanted a new home for my savings that would offer me value for money. I chose Interactive Investor when I saw the low-cost fees and wide range of investments available,” he says. 

“I was paying £100 a month on my old schemes in charges which seriously ate into my returns. It’s costing me a fraction of that now, leaving more of my money to be invested, and hopefully grow.”

Richard, 63, says his previous scheme had very limited investment choices. “Most of the funds available were labelled cautious which was instantly limiting on potential returns. My fund grew by just 7% in the last two years which is extremely poor. I’m hoping to make up for lost time with my new SIPP portfolio which I’ve invested two thirds in investment trusts and shares and the rest in cash to be invested when the market settles a little.”

It’s a relief to finally be in control of my own money. Making the switch was very easy – I should have done it ages ago.

Richard says he really enjoys all the research tools now available to him from Interactive Investor’s website. 

“The videos, emails, updates are all really interesting and have given me lots of investment ideas and tips. It’s a relief to finally be in control of my own money. Making the switch was very easy – I should have done it ages ago.”

What advice would you give to your younger self around pension savings?

Save, save, save. I didn’t start thinking properly about my retirement fund until I was in my forties. I would have been in a much better position now had I started at a younger age.

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