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NEWS WRAP – Lost Pensions Worth £37 Billion

The firm calculated the average value of missing pensions at around £23,000 per pension saver and estimated that those who have a missing pension would be able to retire, on average, two and a half years earlier, in the event that they were able to locate all their funds.

Tracing a pension

Pensions form the bedrock of most peoples’ retirement strategies; it is vital, therefore, that savers are able to locate their savings so that they can plan appropriately and, if suitable, transfer and consolidate their pensions into a cheaper and more effective SIPP or QROPS plan – a strategy that may be particularly effective for those seeking expat pensions advice.

It is hoped that the impending introduction of the Pensions Dashboard will help to reduce the incidence of missing pensions by allowing savers to see all their funds in a single online platform location.

The dashboard was due to be introduced by 2019 but has been delayed by various factors, not least government preoccupation with Brexit and the temporary suspension of the Pensions Bill during last month’s general election.

Expat pensions advice

Blacktower Financial Management has offices throughout Europe and North America. It also retains its original office in the UK.

As a fully regulated and independent firm we are able to offer expat pension advice to our clients to help them ensure that their pensions are invested in the way that best aligns with their situation and goals.

For more information about how we may be able to help you, contact your local office today.

Disclaimer: The provision of information in this communication is not based on your individual circumstances and does not constitute investment advice. Blacktower makes no recommendation as to the suitability of any of the products or transactions mentioned.

* https://www.profilepensions.co.uk/infographic/lost-pension-treasures/   Accessed 17-02-2020

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