SIPP Transfer Duration

Have just (finally) completed a SIPP transfer using cash rather in-specie. To be honest I am astounded how long the actual transfer has taken after paperwork and formalities were completed. 

  • Transfer initiated 9th October
  • All forms completed by receiving scheme 30th October 
  • Transfer checks completed 6th November 
  • Outgoing scheme requested confirmation to encash 8th November
  • Investments sold 13th November 
  • Internal transfer to management bank account 22nd November
  • Final transfer to receding scheme 27th December

It’s the time taken from selling investments to actual transfer - 30 working days

Is this an expected/acceptable duration as out of the markets for six weeks. 

Good job value hadn’t increased by nearly 5% in that time - oh wait :/

Understand it could have dropped by 5% and I wouldn’t be questioning it in that case :)

 
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  • Bianchiintenso
    Bianchiintenso Posts: 214 Forumite
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    edited 29 December 2023 at 10:13AM
    I did one recently to aj bell from Zurich as a cash transfer and it took 10 days start to finish. Timings worked really well for me, if it had taken 30 days, I would certainly have been out of pocket compared to how it worked out 
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  • dunstonh
    dunstonh Posts: 116,229 Forumite
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    Is this an expected/acceptable duration as out of the markets for six weeks. 
    3-5 days is the more typical norm with mainstream providers (using Origo).    If it involves workplace pensions (master trust schemes) then add a week or two.      If it involves occupational DC pensions then you are normally counting in months.

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  • Hi Alta,

    In July, my wife initiated a cash transfer out of Aviva on a Monday evening and on Friday morning it was ready to invest on ii. 

    Best Wishes.
  • xylophone
    xylophone Posts: 44,252 Forumite
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    • Final transfer to receding scheme 27th December

    Just when all hope was fading into the distance? :)
  • handful
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    Very frustrating I would imagine. I recently transferred a pension from SJP to my SIPP. It went through much more quickly than I was expecting and when it landed in my SIPP on the 1st November I quickly invested it in an HSBC Global fund. After over 2 years with no growth it's gone up 7.18% since. I would be seriously miffed if it had missed that growth spurt.
  • El_Torro
    El_Torro Posts: 1,457 Forumite
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    I regularly partially transfer out of Aviva into either AJ Bell or Hargreaves Lansdown, about once a year. In recent years it hasn’t taken more than 10 working days or so to go through. Whole transfers (rather than partial transfers) might take a bit longer, though looking at sone of the replies in this thread 30 working days does seem excessive.
  • Albermarle
    Albermarle Posts: 21,909 Forumite
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    DeLaSole said:
    Hi Alta,

    In July, my wife initiated a cash transfer out of Aviva on a Monday evening and on Friday morning it was ready to invest on ii. 

    Best Wishes.
    I can beat that. I initiated a transfer out of Aviva on a Sunday and it was already in my SIPP by Tuesday morning.
    Another one from Scottish Widows took about 2.5 weeks in total.

    OP - Can you name both schemes ?
  • xylophone said:
    • Final transfer to receding scheme 27th December

    Just when all hope was fading into the distance? :)
    To be honest all hope had already gone!
  • AltaNate
    AltaNate Posts: 18 Forumite
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    edited 30 December 2023 at 10:07PM
    Thanks everyone for responses. It seems to be the exception rather than the norm. A little more information to complete the picture… was SIPP to SIPP no workplace involvement. I assume not Origo as forms were travelling back and forward electronically and through post.
  • I started a transfer request from Vanguard to my workplace Civil Service pension in November 2022. It completed last week so took over a year! I think I lost thousands moving a large chunk of it to cash waiting on the transfer, not to mention missing out on the 10% or so uplift I would have got from CS pension if it had gone through prior to April 2023 as it was expected to.
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