Flexi Access Drawdown
If you’re 55, or approaching 55, and thinking of taking cash or income from one or more personal pensions then here are some things to consider.
The benefits of a drawdown arrangement
You can take up to 25% of the total value of your pension arrangements as a lump sum – known as pension commencement lump sum – tax free. The remainder of the fund is taxed as and when you take it.
Putting your pensions together under one arrangement will raise the profile of your pensions and better enable you to monitor them, invest them – coherently - as one entity, and plan going forward.
Features of a drawdown plan
Online values – you can see the daily value of your pension at all times via a secure login
Transaction trail for record keeping – over time you’ll come to appreciate knowing how much income you’ve taken out and when – and how much cash
Annual reviews – we get the chance to sit down each year, face to face, with an adviser
Invested appropriately – the biggest single factor governing the returns you get from your current plans is the asset mix – I.e. whether it is in shares or fixed interes – putting them all in one plan enable us to ensure they’re in a coherent appropriate mix, to suit you
Costs of switching to drawdown
You need to check (1) whether any of your existing plans have any guaranteed annuity rates – these may mean it is worth keeping your plan where it is (2) any exit costs of your existing plan (3) the ongoing costs of your existing plan compared to the costs of a new plan (4) the cost of setting up a new plan