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Shaun Springer

Pension stories - Shaun Springer

Did you find it easy to start investing for a pension?
No. I found it very complex and confusing when I began aged 25.

What current pension contributions do you make, either monthly or otherwise?
It depends on the market opportunities. Going forward, it will be circa £5,000 a month.

Have you ever taken a break from pension saving? 
Yes,  for two years. This was due to leaving my job to start my own marketing consultancy business in 2016.

What do you invest in for your pension? 
International shares.

What are your five largest holdings?
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Cognex (NASDAQ:CGNX), DexCom (NASDAQ:DXCM), NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) and Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) (as of December 2020).

What is your investment objective/target pension pot or annual retirement income?
The aim is to get my pension pot to £1 million by the age of 55.

As a SIPP holder, what advice would you give to anyone thinking of opening one?
Understand the strategy that you want to implement to achieve your individual goals and think long term when purchasing your SIPP investments.

The aim is to get my pension pot to £1 million by the time I’m 55.

Do you have any pension savings tips?
Think long term and ensure you invest only what you can afford to lose, be it savings or otherwise.

How do you feel about your pension? 
Im happy with the current situation and am on track to meet my objectives by age 55.

How many times do you trade a month?
11 to 15.

What is your main investment focus?
Shares.

Tell us more about your trading strategy
1) Defensive stocks; 2) Dividends; 3) Growth stocks (Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA)).


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Our experts view

Becky OConnor writes...

Shaun is contributing a lot to his pension, at £5,000 a month, he’ll be over the £40,000 annual allowance (after which point, he’d incur a tax charge on contributions and wouldn’t receive further tax relief). He could use carry forward of unused allowance from the previous three years to mitigate this. 

Despite no longer being employed and now running his own company, he has stuck with pension contributions, which is great news. He has a punchy but achievable goal of reaching £1 million by 55. Given the rate of contributions he wants to make, this is within reach, as long as his investments perform as expected. 

Shaun trades a lot. Once his retirement age is set and within sight, he might want to consider reducing risk, if it’s currently on the high side, just to make sure that any market falls that might happen as he gets to the point he wants to start withdrawing any lump sums or income don’t throw him off course.

Tom Bailey suggests an ETF that might interest an active SIPP trader

One ETF of potential interest might be the Xtrackers S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF USD(LSE:XDEW). This ETF weights all the stocks in the S&P 500 equally, so each stock composes 0.2% of the portfolio. This means the ETF will give less exposure to the big tech companies that have dominated the market in recent years (and appear to be well represented in Shaun’s portfolio), and gain more exposure to the value and cyclical stocks that have done worse. That should work well if the rotation from growth to value stocks continues. However, it is also the case that equal weighted S&P 500 indices have done better over the longer term.

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