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Can I cash in my pension to move aboard?
If you are aged 55+ and have a personal or company pension you are not currently paying into or receiving, you can cash in 100% of your pension as a lump sum to move abroad – up to 25% Tax Free
Case Study: Cashing in your pension to move abroad
They already had their contacts abroad looking into suitable rental accommodation and were already investigating work opportunities themselves. As the couple wanted to move abroad first, and then look for work, they calculated that they would need about £1,200 a month to cover living expenses.
At the time, Dorothy had three paid up personal pensions which she wanted to consider releasing a cash lump sum from. As Dorothy saw it, unlocking her pension funds could help them achieve their objectives and move abroad as they wanted.
Having transferred the three separate pensions into one pension arrangement, going through with pension release process subsequently unlocked a cash sum of £5,078. This proved enough for Dorothy and her husband to use to move abroad and cover all living expenses for a few months while they both looked for work.
It was a high risk strategy from Dorothy’s point of view because if they didn’t secure work within 4 months then they will have run out of money. However, it was a risk she and her husband was prepared to take. Had her circumstances been a little different it may not have been suitable for her to carry on with pension release.
At Grove Pension Solutions each case is looked at individually to make sure the right advice is given to each person on a case by case basis.
Need advice on how to cash in your pension to move abroad
Grove Pension Solutions Ltd is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
If your pension pot is worth £30,000 or more you need to take specialist advice from a FCA regulated firm, such as ourselves, before you transfer or cash in your pension to pay off your mortgage or not.
We were established in 2007 so have many years of experience successfully helping 1000’s of individuals. Some of them we advised to transfer their pensions and some of them we advised to leave their pensions where they are and not transfer them.
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Free Pension Transfer Guide & Initial Consultation
Complete the form below to receive your Free Pension Transfer Guide.
If you would like to find out if transferring or cashing in your pension is suitable for you, we can provide a free initial consultation known as abridged advice.
Simply return the enquiry form included in the guide and post it back in the free post envelope provided.
As part of the consultation we will look at:
- What existing pension plans you have in place.
- Whether you have the right type of pension to transfer.
- What your plans are for retirement.
- How much cash you can release.
- Whether your existing pension remains the best fit for you.
- The likely cost of more in-depth advice.
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Defined Benefit Pension Transfer Warning
Transferring away from a defined benefit pension scheme means you will lose valuable guarantees.
Taking benefits early will almost certainly reduce your pension income in retirement and is only suitable for a limited number of people and circumstances. This should not be seen as an easy option for raising cash.
If you release all your money from your pension early you will not have anything left to provide you with income in retirement.
When releasing cash from your pension, usually up to 25% is tax free, the balance is taxed at your marginal rate at the time and could change in the future.
Watch the FCA video explaining the expectations of financial advisers when advising you on defined benefit pension transfers.
Grove Pension Solutions Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference number 465051).
What our clients say
Grove Pension Solutions assisted in moving my company pension to a personal pension, which will allow me to retire 7 years earlier than planned.
Since the FCA have made this option very difficult, Grove made the process very swift and smooth, with true professionalism throughout the process. The communication was excellent at all times, and there was always someone to answer a question if it arose.
I would highly recommend Grove Pension Solutions for your personal pension requirements.
Grove managed the transfer of my pension swiftly and kept me in touch with the process at all times. On occasions when I telephoned with questions they were patient, and regardless of who I spoke to, the staff were knowledgeable, friendly and reassuring. Grove Pension Solutions went above and beyond to complete my transfer and I cannot thank them enough.
Nothing is too much trouble, everything was explained in plain English and I was asked several times if I wanted to go through with any information again or any questions , all staff were professional and completely “knew their stuff” they returned calls when promised such a pleasure to do business with a very big thank you
In the final stages of my transfer, throughout the process the service has been very professional, regular updates by phone and email, the advisors are very friendly and explain the process in an easy to understand way. Have recommended to two other people already, wouldn't have any hesitation to use Grove Pension Solutions again, 10/10 thank you.