The Pension Regulator issued a warning this week about pushy firms who suggest they can help you access your pension fund before age 55.
The promoters of these schemes often give misleading information about the tax consequences of this action. You could be approached out of the blue by phone or text.
But dont fall for it!!!!
In the example given by the regulator a 48 year old with a fund of £100,000 saw it fall to £35,000 as a result of charges, fraud, and tax penalties.
What you should be doing is making sure that your plan gives you the opportunity to take some or all of you 25% tax free lump sum at 55 without having to buy an annuity (pension) with the balance. If you have a plan than is more than 5 years old the chances are that it is expensive, has a poor fund choice, and is not flexible enough for this ever changing world. Before you think about changing/ consolidating your plans email me and I will give you some further tips.
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