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Retirement saving and pension planning

What is a SIPP?

By:  Alice Guy (FCA) | 27th September 2021

Are you comfortable making your own investment decisions? Do you want to have a DIY pension? If so, then a self-invested personal pension or SIPP might be for you. Here I investigate three questions: What is a SIPP? What makes it different from other pension schemes? And what are the pros and cons of this type of pension?

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SIPP: what’s it all about?

As the name suggests, a SIPP is a DIY pension. It is aimed at investors who are confident managing their own pensions rather than taking financial advice. It’s a great option if you want a wide range of funds to choose from as this type of pension often has more choice than a traditional personal pension. It also usually has lower fees and charges than other schemes.

A SIPP is particularly useful as a second pension if you are already paying the maximum amount allowed into your company scheme. It’s also a popular option with investors who don’t qualify for an employer’s pension or are self-employed. 

What are the benefits of a SIPP?

What are the drawbacks of a SIPP?

And finally

If you’re not sure whether a SIPP is right for you, then it may be best to take financial advice before going ahead. Although a SIPP doesn’t come with financial advice, there’s nothing to stop you from seeking independent advice before you take the plunge.

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