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Pension switch exercise hits 5 12 months low



Pension switch exercise has continued its downward decline, hitting a 5 12 months low in July and dropping to half the extent seen a 12 months earlier.

In July solely 19 members per 100,000 transferred their pensions out of their present scheme to another, in accordance with the XPS Pension Teams’ Switch Exercise Index.

XPS says the determine represents the bottom stage of exercise seen because the Switch Exercise Index was first printed in Could 2018 and is roughly half of the extent measured this time final 12 months.

The FCA has tightened guidelines on pension transfers in latest instances within the face of a wave of agency failures and questions in regards to the high quality of recommendation. Nevertheless, pension transfers stay a key part of many monetary plans, says XPS.

Helen Cavanagh, a consumer lead at XPS Pensions Group, stated: “Switch exercise ranges have declined dramatically over the previous 5 years, and this pattern might have been additional compounded by more moderen falling switch values. Nevertheless, we’re nonetheless seeing that almost all transfers are made as members method their retirement and it’s clear that transfers stay an vital a part of the retirement decision-making course of for a lot of.”

The XPS Pension Group’s Switch Worth Index – measuring the common worth of transfers – continues to stay secure, ending the month at £161,000, just like the earlier month. XPS says this is because of fewer adjustments in gilt yields and long-term inflation expectations over the previous few months, in comparison with extra vital actions in 2022 and the beginning of 2023.

Some 93% of circumstances reviewed by The XPS Rip-off Safety Service in July raised not less than one rip-off warning flag, in accordance with XPS’s Rip-off Flag Index. Whereas the determine represents a slight fall in comparison with June, it continues the extended pattern of this index remaining above 90%.

• XPS Pensions Group’s Switch Worth Index reveals the estimated Money Switch Worth of a 64-year-old member with a pension of £10,000 a 12 months with typical inflation will increase. The worth adjustments over time with market actions. Mortality assumptions are reviewed periodically.

XPS Switch Watch over the previous 12 months








 

2022

2023

 

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Could

Jun

Jul

XPS Switch Worth Index (£000s)

197

181

175

179

 

171

175

168

175

169

 

159

162

161

XPS Switch Exercise Index (%)

0.38

0.38

0.48

0.87

0.44

0.39

0.42

0.38

0.34

0.55

0.25

0.19

XPS Rip-off Flag Index (%)

91

97

96

93

93

93

92

90

94

93

95

93

Supply: XPS Pensions Group – All information is on the finish of every month




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