It is assumed by many successful business owners and corporate high-flyers that they have little to be concerned about when it comes to financial planning for retirement. Pension plans have been put in place that should, according to projections, provide a retiring income commensurate with final salaries. With large financial commitments such as mortgages paid off, the assumption is that they will have greater disposable income to enjoy. The truth though, according to research carried out by HM Treasury, is that only 22% of soon to be retirees have any real idea of the value of their pension pots.
A self-invested personal pension (or a SIPP for ease) is a scheme that takes full advantage of the new pension freedoms in the UK. It’s a scheme that provides flexibility in regards to what you can do with your investments, and as such, is a great option for those who don’t want to succumb to the rigidity of traditional scenes that limit you to buying a fixed income with your pension pot.
1. SIPPs are incredibly tax-efficient
When investing through a company pension scheme, your contributions are made prior to your income being taxed. However, with a SIPP your contributions will be made after your income has been taxed. The SIPP provider will automatically claim the basic rate of 20% and add it to your pension pot. This means that if you contribute £80 into your SIPP, a total of £100 will be invested.
Here, we review Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes, a flexible type of retirement savings plan that offers advantages to British expats. If you are a pension investor based in mainland Europe, especially Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, and France, read on to discover the benefits that an overseas pension could provide.
If you are thinking about investing surplus cash - maybe for retirement, for education planning or simply to make your money work harder given the low interest rates available - you will want to consider a range of different options.
We have previously reviewed the features and main advantages of overseas pensions. Such retirement plans are of particular interest to those expatriates who now live in Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Here, we look at the benefits in more detail and see how a qualifying overseas scheme is especially beneficial as part of wealth management and retirement planning.
As part of one of the world's best pension systems, the Swiss state scheme is also known as the first pillar. In conjunction with this retirement provision that covers basic needs, company pensions form the second pillar. Together, the two sources of income aim to help retirees maintain their standard of living during retirement. An optional top up is available using the third pillar that comprises local Swiss products, such as those offered by leading Swiss pension plan providers.
In recent years, the pensions and financial services market has undergone considerable growth, with some exciting new investment options. At the same time, making provisions for our later years has become increasingly important.