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‘Time to tidy up pension pots’

IFAs must break away from the more traditional focus on spreading pension arrangements and consolidate their clients’ pension pots before vesting funds, says Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail.

He told delegates at the round table that a wrinkle in A-Day rules makes it imposs- ible for clients with more than one pension pot to start drawing down funds from one pot and then transfer funds from another arrangement into that pot.

McPhail argued that this development can benefit advisers as it promotes the tidying up of pension arrangements. He said there is a strong argument for IFAs to advise clients not to wait until they want to vest funds and instead consolidate their pension arrangements as soon as possible.

Standard Life head of pensions John Lawson said this marks a break away from the traditional doctrine of spreading clients’ pension funds.

He said: “It has become logical to tidy up pensions and set up one pot. The previous doctrine going back over 20 years has been to spread your eggs but what is the point. What are you buying from insurers these days?

“You are not buying fund management, you have all the funds you want on a platform or any fund in the world on a Sipp.

“All you are buying is admin and if the admin is good enough, why would you feel the need to move that?”


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