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A pension is a long term investment, the fund value may fluctuate and can go down. Your eventual income may depend upon the size of the fund at retirement, future interest rates and tax legislation.

Information is based on our current understanding of taxation legislation and regulations. Any levels and bases of, and reliefs from taxation, are subject to change.

The value of pensions and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.

What is a SIPP?

A Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) is a Registered Pension scheme under the terms of the Finance Act 2004.

SIPPs are designed for investors who want maximum control over their pension without being dependent on any one fund manager or insurance company. As such, a SIPP requires active management and a degree of investment expertise. Furthermore, the charges (levied by the SIPP manager) may be higher than for a personal pension or stakeholder plan.

Unlike a standard personal pension, a SIPP holder has a much wider choice of assets to invest in, each of which can be selected to meet the individual's personal circumstances and requirements.

Investments which can be held in a SIPP include:

  • UK and overseas equities
  • Unlisted shares
  • OEICs and unit trusts
  • Investment trusts
  • Property and land (but not most residential property) insurance bonds
It’s possible to use a SIPP to raise a mortgage to fund the purchase of commercial property, where the rental income paid into the SIPP either completely, or partially covers, the mortgage repayments and/or the property’s running costs.

Please note SIPPs are not suitable for everyone investing into a pension, we will conduct an assessment of your situation to determine suitability.