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Why should you seek professional pension advice?

Although simple in their outlook, pensions are basically long-term savings account, they can seem like very complicated products. There are thousands of pension products available from multi-asset private pensions to self-invested personal pensions (SIPP) and defined benefit pensions.

Understanding what product is right for you and the risk level your willing to take with a pension, makes seeking professional advice essential to ensure your money is growing and working as hard as it should.

A financial adviser will be able to assess your pensions, retirement goals and evaluate your attitude to financial risk to find the most suitable product for you. Alongside the assessment of your current product, they will also be able to put together a retirement plan that could help you achieve your retirement goals.

Capital at risk, the value of investments can go down as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest.

What does our pension review service cover?

Pension Advice

Analysing growth rates, fees and charges, risk category, your pension pot value and comparing across the market.

Pension Drawdown

If you’re over 55, we can help access your pension and put a retirement plan together to ensure you don’t run out of money in retirement.

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Pension Consolidation

Merging pensions together could enable you to benefit from better performance, lower fees and help you keep on top of your pension.

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Retirement Planning

Our advisers can work with you to put together a financial retirement plan that will help you to enjoy your retirement without the worry of running out of money.

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Expert advice in 3 simple steps.

We care about your life after retirement. Our pension specialists will offer you efficient, unbiased and a client-focused pension advice service.

Contact Hilltop Finance

Contact us

Complete our short form or call 0161 413 7051. Our team will then discuss your enquiry to get a better understanding of your situation.

Assessment

Analyse and report

As soon as you give us authority to work on your behalf, our team will get started analysing your pensions to produce an in-depth report and assess against the market.

You can make an informed decision

Your financial adviser will deliver their assessment and ensure you fully understand the advice given. Now you will be able to make informed decisions about your future.

We work across the market…

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Questions to ask yourself...

Not all financial advisers specialise in retirement planning, but we do. Speak to the Hilltop Finance financial advisers today to see if we can get you lower charges or greater growth on your pension.

Am I paying higher charges than I need to?

Am I missing out on good fund performance?

Am I taking a greater risk with my money than I realise?

FAQs

We have the answers.

Have a look over our frequently asked questions, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for simply get in touch with our friendly team who are here to answer any questions you might have.

How can I combine all my pensions from different employments?

Consolidating your pensions from different employers is run in the same format as a regular pension consolidation service. It’s generally not recommended to combine out of your current workplace pension, but in some cases, you can combine and transfer your other funds into your current workplace pension. Please speak with our team to find out all of your options.

What does a financial advisor need when combining pensions?

To combine your pensions, a financial advisor will need your authority to speak with your pension providers and then your authority to act on your behalf to transfer your pensions into the recommended product. By initially giving the financial advisor the power to speak with your providers (Letter of Authority) the financial advisor will request the relevant information they need to make any recommendations on where to combine and transfer your pensions. For the full process of combining your pensions, please speak with our team.

If you combine two pensions can you take 25% tax-free of the combined amount?

A 25% Tax-free lump sum is calculated on the total value of your defined contribution pensions, rather than specific to each policy. The advisers at Hilltop Finance will be able to give you guidance on your options.

Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in future.

Do you lose money consolidating your pension?

Depending on your current pensions, you could lose money when combining your pensions, if they have exit fees included or any guaranteed rates included. By speaking with our advisers, they can check to see if any of your current pensions have any clauses attached and help you to make the right choices about pension consolidation. If we don’t think that pension consolidation is in your best financial interests, we will tell you that too.

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How do I consolidate my pensions?

There are several ways of consolidating your pensions. But, we believe the best way to consolidate them and to ensure you’re getting the best pension policy for your circumstances is to speak to our team. We will quickly assess your current pensions and offer advice and recommendations on where to consolidate your funds. The advice we give is always in your best financial interests, and by speaking with us, we can take some of the decision processes from you and guide you to a more suitable pension, rather than a fit for all pension you may see online.

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Is it better to combine your pensions?

Combining your pensions could have many benefits. Putting your pensions into one policy can help you to keep track on the value of your funds, quickly see the performance of your fund and also you could benefit from lower management charges than having multiple pensions.

With all your funds in one place, you could furthermore reduce the chance of losing track or forgetting about that smaller pension pot that you accrued with an old employer. Pension consolidation isn’t for everyone, though, so please speak with one of our advisers before moving your pensions.

When can you drawdown your pension?

You can drawdown from a personal pension from your 55th birthday. In some circumstances i.e. ill health, your pension provider may allow you to take money from your pension, but this is at their discretion.

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How much money do I need to retire?

The amount of money you need to retire is completely personal and dependent on how much you want to spend monthly, annually and for how long. It’s suggested that the average couple will need £29,100 per annum according to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in 2019.

When can I retire?

The age at you wish to retire is completely up to you if you have personal pensions. If you qualify for a full state pension, depending on your date of birth, this could start at 66 years old.

If you have a defined benefit pension, the scheme may dictate when you can start taking money from the scheme. This isn’t necessarily when you can retire, simply when they will allow you to start receiving an income.

Do all private pensions offer pension drawdown?

No, not all pensions offer the flexibility of pension drawdown, and it’s always advisable to speak with a financial adviser to find out if your policy offers flexible drawdown.

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Is it possible to plan too early for retirement?

No, the earlier you start planning for retirement and contributing to a pension, the easier it will be to reach your target for a comfortable retirement. Find out how much you pension could be worth with our pension calculator. Click here

Why should I speak with a retirement planning adviser?

Many people think when they get to retirement, they will have enough money to retire comfortably. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and the money you think is substantial isn’t enough to last 20 years plus through retirement. Speaking with an adviser can help you to understand how much you may receive in retirement and put a plan of action together to help you achieve your retirement goals.

Recent research by ILC and Royal London, suggests that taking professional financial advice could benefit you by an average boost of £31,000 to your pension wealth over a ten year period.*

*ILC, Oct ’20, Revisiting The Value of Financial Advice.

What is retirement income planning?

Retirement Income Planning is the process of assessing how much income you will need in retirement and then making decisions and actions on how to achieve the targeted income. Your financial advisor will work with you to make a detailed retirement plan to help achieve your goals.

How can I plan for retirement?

There are many ways to plan for retirement. Many people look to expert help with a financial advisor to create a plan for when they retire. A retirement plan could include financial projections, current saving targets and any lifestyle changes you wish to make. The earlier you plan, the easier it may be to achieve your retirement aims.

Why is telephone-advice better?

Hilltop Finance is a little different from the typical financial adviser; we are a predominately telephone-based advisory service. We believe that this offers more flexibility and benefits to our clients; including: –

Convenience – You can talk to your adviser when you are at home, on a lunch break or commuting to work.

More Secure – We record all calls, and they’re logged and compliant to FCA standards. Face-to-face appointments aren’t, so there could be more opportunity to be misadvised.

In Your Own Time – We work at a time that suits you. You don’t have to wait around if we’re stuck in traffic or late to the booked appointment.

Efficient Process – With efficient telephone conversations, we can keep the impact on your busy daily life at a minimum.

Accessible – Your financial adviser is more accessible through a telephone meeting than booking a specific face-to-face appointment, weeks in advance.