What is a SIPP?

A SIPP is a Self Invested Personal Pension scheme. It is a type of UK-government-recognised personal pension scheme which allows an individual choose from a wide range of investments that are approved by HM Revenue & Customs ( HMRC). This allows an individual to take back control of any existing pensions they have in place and access global funds available to them through this scheme.

How does a Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) work?

With a Self Invested Personal Pension and the correct guidance through a financial advisor, you can chose what type of investments you would like to invest into. This will be determined by your risk appetite and also by the amount of time you have before you retire.
In 2006 their were regulation changes in the UK allowing a individuals to pay as much as 100% of their salary into this scheme every tax year, but the cap is at £40,000. If you retire or become unemployed you have the option to still continue to contribute to your SIPP, with a limit of £3,600 per year.

What are the benefits of a Self Invested Personal Pension Plan?

We all need to plan for our retirement. The earlier you start to plan for your retirement, the earlier you can achieve financial freedom. Ultimately you want to be able to ensure you can live comfortably in the knowledge that you can maintain the lifestyle you have become accustomed to, and that all your needs are covered throughout your retirement. This will mean disciplined planning and careful consideration of the management of your pension fund throughout your working life is paramount.

With a Self Invested Pension Plan you take back control of your pension. This is quite the opposite of a company pension scheme, where you have little control of where your money is being invested, or if you are getting good growth on your pension pot.

SIPP’s are becoming more and more popular in the recent years due to some of the key features available to investors. These include –

Control

A SIPP allows you to take back control of your investment and also how it is invested.

 

Charges

SIPP trustee fees are low and cost effective.

Flexible Investment

A wide range of investments are allowed, including stocks and shares, unit trusts, investment trusts, OEIC’s, insurance company funds and even commercial property which allows individuals to put business premises into the pension fund and the rental income.

 

Taking Benefits

Members of a SIPP can access their funds at an earlier stage, meaning that an income can be drawn from the fund. The remainder of the fund will be left in the investment to grow in value. An annuity need not be purchased.

Tax Relief

The SIPP Administrator will claim basic rate tax-relief for you if you have any UK earnings.

Consolidation

A SIPP can consolidate all of your existing pensions into one, allowing for easier management and better control.