What happens if my pension goes into the PPF (Pension Protection Fund)?

If you’re paying into a company pension scheme (or if you have funds accrued in a company scheme sponsored by a previous employer), the high profile corporate insolvencies that have hit the headlines over the last couple of years may have caused you the odd moment of concern. “What would happen to my pension,” you may have wondered, “if …

Escalating pension deficits. Why now’s the time to think about a SIPP.

The behemoth of pension deficits shows no sign of turning tail for top FTSE companies. In fact, according to recent analysis by one leading firm of employee benefits and pension scheme specialists, the total pension liability facing FTSE 350 companies soared to £62bn in 2016. That’s around 70 per cent of the combined pre-tax profits of the…

PWS are happy to announce our client investments receiving back their nominal investment + 8.2 Coupon for their Investec Global Index Income Generator

PWS are delighted to announce a further successful maturity in our market leading series of structured product offerings. Our latest product to auto call was the 6 Year Investec Global Index Income Note and has returned to our clients full capital with a coupon of 8.2% PWS structured note division continue to deliver superior returns and supe…

Why a change to state pension age is a wakeup for private investors.

In July, the government announced that it will bring forward by as much as 7 years the date on which the qualifying age for receiving state pension will rise to 68. While this change had been planned to take place in 2044, the announcement means that the jump from a pensionable age of 67 to 68, for both men and women, will now take place between…

80% year on year growth in transfers to personal pensions

We’ve written recently on the PWS blog about the current high transfer values available to participants in employer pension schemes who opt to transfer their funds out of their scheme and into a personal pension. As these high values are unlikely to be available for too long, we’ve pointed out that this is the time to act if you have a pension…

Why investment performance is so important to your pension.

The importance of investment performance in your pension. Even as  independent pension advisers we can see that, as a contender for your attention today, this could seem to lack the excitement of other options. And yet the difference that this vital gear in your pension arrangements will make to the amount of money you will have to enjoy in ret…

Client Service. Why it has to be forever.

Client Service is the subject of a lot of discussion amongst financial advisors. As an industry, we recognise the importance of helping clients to understand their opportunities and take decisions on how and when to act; or not to act. Most advisors have long appreciated, too, that maintaining ongoing dialogue with clients is fundamental to…

PWS are happy to announce our client investments receiving back their nominal investment + 4.90% Coupon for their ROCQ Capital Phoenix note

PWS are delighted to announce a further successful maturity in our market leading series of structured product offerings. Our latest product to auto call was the 6 Year ROCQ Capital Phoenix Note and has returned to our clients full capital with a coupon of 4.90% PWS structured note division continue to deliver superior returns and superior qu…

Low Gilt Yields Means High Transfer Values.

Gilt yields are low. As a result, the transfer values available to those considering switching their pension investments from employer-based ‘defined benefit’ pension schemes into personal pension arrangements are high. This is, however, a moment in time; a coincidence of events. It’s most unlikely to last. So the message for anyone wan…

SIPP. The preferred choice in uncertain post-election times.

So what, precisely, are the implications of last week’s UK General Election for pension investors? Commentators are now speculating over the possible consequences of Mrs May’s reduced majority, and the less than ideal alliances which will now be required to enable the Conservative government to manage business through the House of Commons. …