Stay at home Mom..../Home-maker

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Pensions, Annuities & Retirement Planning
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PinkLadyPinkLady Forumite
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Hi can someone who isn't working pay into a pension scheme at all?
Thanks
SW: Wk1 (5) Wk2 (2.5) Wk3 - Wk 4 (4) Wk 5 - (1.5) Wk 6 (1) Total off 1 stone!:j

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  • EdInvestorEdInvestor
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    Hi PinkLady,

    You can. Up to a max of 3600 per year - you contribute 2808 and the Government adds in the rest.
    Trying to keep it simple...;)
  • PinkLadyPinkLady Forumite
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    Sorry to be thick - how do I do this? Do I see an FA to open a private pension or stakeholder or do I do anything else.
    Thanks for your reply
    SW: Wk1 (5) Wk2 (2.5) Wk3 - Wk 4 (4) Wk 5 - (1.5) Wk 6 (1) Total off 1 stone!:j
  • DiggingOutDiggingOut Forumite
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    Yes, you can see an IFA or if you know what you want, you can sometimes go direct to a provider like L&G.

    If you don't know what you are doing, I would be inclined to see 2 IFAs. If they recommend different things, ask them why their recommendation is better than the other guy's.
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    If anything I say makes sense, then do it. If not, don't. Don't blame me or my stars if you do something stupid because I suggested it. I'm responsible for my own stupidity only. You are responsible for yours.

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  • dunstonhdunstonh Forumite
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    With stakeholder pensions, you will almost certainly get different recommendations. Charges being much the same on a small contribution will lead to a whole bunch of providers being equal cost.
    I am an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). The comments I make are just my opinion and are for discussion purposes only. They are not financial advice and you should not treat them as such. If you feel an area discussed may be relevant to you, then please seek advice from an Independent Financial Adviser local to you.
  • ReportInvestorReportInvestor Forumite
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    IFAs won't want to be bothered with a small stakeholder pension. They are likely to see the whole fact finding process as a waste of their time and yours. And they are probably right. But they would have to go through it in case they missold you a stakeholder - e.g. if your overall retirement income was so low that the stakeholder would do little more than reduce anticipated minimum government retirement benefits.

    Do you have other aspects of your finances that need attention, in order to give both you and an IFA an incentive to proceed?

    As DO suggests, you can go direct. It's surprising what a complicate, unclear process that is, isn't it? Many firms' websites seem to direct you away from Stakeholder pensions. And the government wonders why stakeholder pension sales to individuals are low ;).
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