Pension charges are now astronomical. Is it worth switching to a SIPP?

10 February 2022

Question by Jennifer

Pension charges are now astronomical. Is it worth switching to a SIPP?


Answered by Boring Money

Hello Jennifer,

It is interesting to hear you find pension charges astronomical. I wonder what your experience has been? Fortunately, pension charges have become clearer and lower over the past 10-20 yrs, partly due to regulation and partly due to competitive pressures, particularly from online pension providers.

Remember a SIPP is just a different type of pension and so not necessarily cheaper. The SI part stands for 'self-invested', which allows pension savers to invest in direct shares or commercial property, which is not possible with a standard pension personal pension, stakeholder pension or company pensions. However, that functionality is also not required by most people so there is little point in paying for something you don't need.

Some providers, including SIPP providers, charge a fixed fee rather than a % based upon the size of your fund. This can be of value for people with larger pension funds but be mindful of additional charges for extra administration requests such as paying out income or making changes. If you are at the stage of your life where you just want to grow the pension this could be an option for you.

As a rule of thumb, if you are paying an admin fee of 0.3% pa or less your pension is pretty competitively priced. But remember, the cost of funds in which you invest is added on top.

I hope this helps.

Andrew

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