In the unpredictable world we live in, the financial markets can’t always be trusted. One moment interest rates are up, then next they’re down and questions get raised about what the future might bring for us – like will we be able to afford a comfortable living?
Well, one of the tried and tested methods of securing ourselves financially for our later years is our pensions. However, there are now different options available that can be more beneficial to certain individuals, beyond your typical state pension. One such example is a ‘Bed and SIPP’; for the initiated, here’s a brief overview of what these are and the top reasons you may want to consider investing with one.
What is a SIPP?
To put this into simple terms, this is a pension scheme that gives you more flexibility and opportunities to save. Unlike a typical pension, you can make your own investment decisions with a SIPP, so long as these are from the HMRC approved list. What a ‘Bed and SIPP’ allows though, is for you to sell off current investments and use the proceeds from these to top up your pension.
Why Choose a Bed and SIPP for Your Pension?
On top of the obvious aforementioned flexibility and investment opportunities such a pension can provide, there are additional benefits. These include:
- Being able to enjoy the tax benefits a pension provides, without having to invest any new money. This is because transfers of certain amounts into a Bed and SIPP are free from Capital Gains Tax as well as Income Tax (much like an ISA), potentially leaving you with more money
- The fact that from any investments you sell, the gains you make from these could be covered by your annual Capital Gains Tax allowance, again helping you save more in the long run
Where you Can Find One
Another positive is that these pensions can be opened through a number of providers, such as Bestinvest. What’s also useful about this is that these expert companies can also offer you advice and guidance surrounding these pensions to help you decide whether or not this is the right move for you.
So, don’t continue to worry about what might happen to you financially, make the smart choice and look to put the steps into place now with such pensions, to provide the monetary security you need for a happy retirement.