What is a group Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP)? What are its pros and cons? When might it be best for you? In this article, you’ll learn all of this and more.
What is a Group SIPP pension?
It’s a type of SIPP in which a number of individual SIPPs are ‘grouped’ together. A common example is known as a ‘workplace SIPP’, which is a group SIPP held by a collective of people who work at the same company.
Although the SIPP is held as part of a group, each member of the scheme is free to manage their own scheme.
Like with regular SIPPs, group SIPPs act as a ‘wrapper’ that can be used to invest in a variety of different asset classes. But, unlike a personal SIPP, it also allows for contributions and payroll deductions from your employer.
What are the pros and cons?
As you can imagine, the complexity and specialised nature of a group SIPP means that it’s not for every investor group.
Take a look at some of the pros and cons below.
Group SIPPs are the only kind of investment vehicle with this kind of choice that also allows you to claim tax relief.
And, if your group SIPP is for your workplace, your employer can also pay in. If they do, their contributions also incur tax relief.
A wider range of investment choices
SIPPs were designed for the hands-on investor. They offer a range of investments (such as commercial property) that cannot be accessed by other forms of group personal pension.
Economies of scale, group purchasing power and greater access
Pooling funds allows individuals in a Group SIPP to increase their purchasing power, and access investments that are not usually available with smaller pension pots – such as commercial property.
Though every member is free to manage their own pension, there needs to be some alignment in overall strategy, as this will help to determine the kind of investments that the fund makes.
SIPPs are designed for experienced, hands-on investors. If you’re not willing to put in the work to research and administer your SIPP, it may not be right for you.
In some (but not all) instances, you can incur more fees through a SIPP, especially if your group trades a lot or uses funds with many options and features.
This is why it’s important to be sure what your investment strategy entails (and doesn’t entail) – so that you don’t end up overpaying. Get in touch with one of the expert advisors we work with if you’d like a little help with this.
Age limits on withdrawals
Unlike the majority of other investment vehicles, you’ll have to wait until you’re 55 before you can even begin to withdraw from your Group SIPP.
Can a group SIPP purchase property?
Yes, and it’s relatively straightforward.
In such a transaction, the fund buys the property, instead of each individual person in the SIPP having to buy their own share.
That said, a group SIPP can hold property ‘indirectly’ through an investment vehicle such as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), though not all SIPP providers will offer this.
Who are the best group SIPP providers for me?
The best way to find out is to get in touch with one of the pension experts that we work with. They can take a look at your group’s needs and circumstances to find the absolute best provider for you.
As a rule of thumb, you want to look for a provider that provides access to all of the investments that your investment strategy calls for – whilst charging as little as possible in dealing and management charges.
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