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Published on : August 2, 2017 16:34


Don’t move your pension without seeking advice. It could seriously damage a healthy retirement.

Many savers are apparently moving money out of pension pots into other savings vehicles, which could be ‘disastrous’. The TUC has warned that millions of workers risk being “plunged into insecurity in old age” after an official report revealed a surge of people grabbing their pension cash early without taking advice.

The FCA study found that in more than half of the cases where all the money was taken out of a pension pot, the cash was not spent on cars or holidays, but instead it was shifted into other savings or investments, partly because of a “mistrust of pensions”.

For many people the freedoms introduced in April 2015 effectively abolished the requirement to convert a pension pot into an annuity – a product that provides an income for life. Instead, older people are free to do whatever they like with their retirement cash.

Workers facing insecurity in their working lives now risk being plunged into insecurity in old age.

The report also found that income drawdown, which allows savers to take out regular amounts of money, while the majority of their savings remain invested, had become much more popular. However, the proportion of drawdown plans bought without advice leapt from 5% before the freedoms to 30% now.

Moving retirement cash into other investments “can have disastrous long-term consequences”, said investment firm Old Mutual Wealth, Whilst Retirement Advantage said that this was “frankly bonkers”.

Read more about the FCA warnings here.

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