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Can I cancel my stakeholder pension?
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Stu666
Old 18-07-2009, 10:25 AM
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Default Can I cancel my stakeholder pension?

About eight years ago when there was a bit of a scare in the media, I hastily signed up for a stakeholder pension with Virgin Money. Thankfully I only opted to start with monthly payments of 5.00, and had planned to vastly increase them. As it happens I simply forgot about it.

Now I'm not really fond of the idea of pensions, I would rather save the money in my own bank and invest it myself.

My question is, can I cancel this stakeholder pension and claim back any money I paid in? Virgin claim that I can not access the money until I reach the age of 50, but that they can stop receiving payments.

Any advice?
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Old 18-07-2009, 12:32 PM
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Hi stu666,

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My question is, can I cancel this stakeholder pension and claim back any money I paid in?
No.

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Virgin claim that I can not access the money until I reach the age of 50, but that they can stop receiving payments.
That's correct.

Maybe not what you wanted to hear, but hope that helps.

Mike

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Old 18-07-2009, 12:34 PM
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What about a SIPP?? Self Invested Personal Pension. DIY investing within your pension.
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Old 20-07-2009, 10:30 AM
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Now I'm not really fond of the idea of pensions, I would rather save the money in my own bank and invest it myself.
You can invest your money inside the pension wrapper how you want. The wrapper doesnt have that many limitations with conventional investments.

Hopefully, if you do intend to do your own investments, your knowledge on tax wrappers and investing has improved since you bought the Virgin stakeholder. That has to be one of the worst out there.
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Old 20-07-2009, 9:29 PM
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What about a SIPP?? Self Invested Personal Pension. DIY investing within your pension.
Personally, I don't see how a SIPP could benefit someone who wants to save 5 per month into a pension.
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Old 20-07-2009, 9:35 PM
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5 a month is excellent because you get tax relief on the way in, tax-free growth and can pull out 100% at age 55 because of the tiny size of the pot.
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5 a month is excellent because you get tax relief on the way in, tax-free growth and can pull out 100% at age 55 because of the tiny size of the pot.


I hope you're being ironic. I fear you're not.
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