Interactive Investor

Are they keeping you in the dark?

You are probably paying more than you think for your old pensions. Expert analysis shows you could save over £10,000 in fees by transferring to interactive investor.

Pensions

Many of us have older-style pensions, usually workplace pensions arranged by an employer. 

But do you know how much you are actually paying in fees every year?

Most pension providers charge percentage fees. This means the fees increase as your pension grows. Over the years that adds up, reducing the final value of your pot. With an ii self-invested personal pension (SIPP) you pay a low flat fee, whatever your pension size, and over time as your pot grows this can result in significant savings, which could mean you have more money in retirement. 

Analysis by independent experts at The Lang Cat looked at how much you could save by transferring your pension out of typical older-style pensions and into a SIPP with ii.

For example, compared to a typical personal pension taken out in the 2000s, you could save £20,000 over 20 years with ii’s flat fees and fund charges.

This example assumes typical personal pension costs of 0.75%, an initial value of £150,000, and ongoing contributions of £200 per month. How you could benefit will always depend on your personal circumstances. View the full methodology


Richard Wilson, CEO, interactive investor says:

4 out of 5 pensions transferred to ii come from the major pension and life companies. The ones that spend a fortune on TV advertising with shiny black horses running around. They hope their customers won’t notice they are being quietly ripped off, and best of all, when they change jobs they will leave their pension behind and forget about it. Our customers won’t fall for that. They want a simple, transparent service where they have full control of their financial future.

How saving on fees can add up

Hypothetical case studies, based on industry statistics and assuming investment growth of 5% a year, highlight some of the potential cost savings from switching older-style pensions to interactive investor. How you could benefit will always depend on your personal circumstances. Investment returns are not guaranteed and can go down as well as up.

Hilary moved her £180,000 workplace pension from a previous employer to ii, potentially saving over £8,000 in fees and adding an extra £10,000 to her pot over 12 years.


Satpal transferred his £230,000 pension from a traditional pension company to ii, potentially saving over £19,000 in fees and adding an extra £27,000 to his pot over 15 years.


Lena moved two workplace pensions totalling £200,000 to ii, potentially saving over £10,000 in fees and adding an extra £12,933 to her pot over nine years.


We talked to four interactive customers who have recently transferred their old-style pensions.

Read their stories

Could you save £1,000s in fees?

You’ll need to review the costs of your own pension to discover exactly how much you might save, but the findings of our study are clear. If you have built up a good pension and are confident making your own investment decisions, you could be significantly better off with an ii SIPP.

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Use our toolkit to find how to review your old pensions.


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Open a SIPP or add one to your existing account.


3.

Start your online transfer when you are ready.


Please remember, SIPPs are aimed at people happy to make their own investment decisions. Investment value can go up or down and you could get back less than you invest. You can normally only access the money from age 55 (57 from 2028). We recommend seeking advice from a suitably qualified financial advisor before making any decisions. Pension and tax rules depend on your circumstances and may change in future.

Pay no SIPP fee for 6 months.

Open a SIPP by 30 September and pay no SIPP fee until April 2022 – saving you £60. Following the offer period, the ii SIPP fee is only £10 a month more, and could save thousands compared to other pension providers who charge a percentage fee. Terms apply

Up to £500 cashback.

Start the transfer of a pension (or pensions) worth £25,000 or more to us between 1 August and 30 September, and we’ll give you up to £500 in cash on completion. This offer's available to new and existing customers transferring their pensions to us. You’ll need a linked Trading Account, which is free with your SIPP. Terms apply

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