Now there is possible relief in sight. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is poised to clamp down on greedy managers by insisting they cannot charge more than one per cent of the value of the pot, but the change will not come into force until next March at the earliest.
So, anyone cashing in or transferring out of their pension today could still have their pocket picked. The move will make it easier for people to drop their pension if they are getting a poor deal or make full use of their new pension freedoms to cash in their pot without penalty.
Before you take any action on your pension you should seek advice from a financial adviser to see how you may be affected. This could help you avoid the pitfalls of being overcharged for moving your money to a better position. You will also receive advice on the most tax-efficient position you can achieve. A simple review will also allow you to compare the benefits you are likely to receive from your current plan and the other options that are available to you.
Advice on buying overseas property from financial expert Simon Conn:
After the “shocks” of 2016, how will the overseas property market be affected in 2017 and will the most popular areas still be of interest? Although the Trump and Brexit decisions did have an initial effect on clients potentially purchasing an overseas property – where some people have deferred until the markets have settled down in the USA after the Presidential inauguration and Article 50 is finally implemented – others have seen this as a good time to look for opportunities and bargains available in the market.
Over the past few months, we have seen the number of US expats moving to Portugal increase steadily, but data also reveals that more and more Americans are willing to make the transatlantic journey for short-term holidays and trips as well as for relocation purposes. This uptake in US tourist numbers seems to be in […]