Check my pension? Well, that was easier than I thought

Just read this, then you’re free to daydream.

You know you've got a pension—or two—around here somewhere. But how exactly are you supposed to fantasize about those sun-kissed beaches and imaginary guitar lessons if you don't know how much is in your pension? Or even what it’s invested in?

Fact is, the phrase ‘Check my pension’ should definitely be on your radar every so often.

But, it's also something that isn't at the forefront of everyone's minds.

In fact, experts reckon that £19.4 BILLION of pension fund is lying dormant. That's money that someone like you deserves, and would pay for an awful lot of hammock time. Sun hats, too.

Pensions Explained

There are lots of reasons why you should get excited about your pension. It’s one of the best ways to save for retirement and offers many valuable benefits. Our short video will help explain pensions in more detail, and how you could boost your own pension pot.

Like so many money-related chores, many of us find it easy to put off checking our pensions. There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before retirement. And by then it can feel more difficult than it should be.

The thing is … it doesn’t have to be. In fact, you can get started in your next coffee break.

First things first: check your state pension.

Everyone's got one, haven’t they?

Well, if you've made enough National Insurance contributions, or had sufficient national insurance credits, you've got a state pension waiting for you. Great stuff.

The standard rate for Basic State pension is £129.20 per week for a single person. The full new state pension is £168.60 per week, for a single person. To find out more about your state pension, head here. It's really easy, and they'll even tell you whether you can boost the amount you get.

“That was easy. How do you check your other pensions?”

Glad you asked. We love making pensions advice simple here at Skipton.

We’re dedicated to helping you plan your future by researching solutions that suit your circumstances. You’ll benefit from an in-depth review of your plans – including your pension – as we explore ways of growing your savings. If there’s a gap between your expectations and finances, we’ll advise you of the options that you can take to address it.

Gareth Smith, Skipton Retirement Solutions Manager

It’s pretty normal to have picked up several pensions over the years. You move jobs, they each have their own pension schemes, and all of a sudden, you’ve got a few of them squirrelled away. And you've got no idea how much each one contains.

Who knows, you might even have taken the time to consider combining them all into one place down the line. Even better, you may be considering taking expert advice on this.

In the interests of knowing where you stand, you should get an annual statement, keeping you updated (yearly at least) as to how your pension is doing, and how your money is invested.

But a lot can happen in a year. What if you’ve gone paperless, or they’ve got an old address?

It’s not a problem. Head to the provider’s website, or app if they have one, and you should be able to retrieve your info with a policy number and some personal information. If you don’t have your policy number, just give them a call. They should be happy to help out.

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Can’t even remember who your policy is with?

Again, you have options.

Thanks to the government’s handy Pension Tracing Service, there are a whole bunch of specialists who can track down anything that might be attached to your name. You’ll need to know the names of your employers, but they should be able to make your search easier. They’re even just a phone call away, if you prefer talking to someone – on 0800 731 0193.

Once you’ve tracked down your previous pensions, you’ve got some options. You could let them do their own thing, or you could think about talking to someone who could help you make sense of what you’ve got—and of course, what you potentially could have. After all, you’re probably reading this because you want this whole thing to be as simple as possible.

Which is where we come in.

We just want your pension to make sense to you

Not everyone’s a financial adviser. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have all the information you need to look forward to retirement as much as possible.

And a little advice goes a long way.

If you are interested to find out if you might be able to get more from your pension, Skipton advisers will help clear the fog and provide friendly straightforward advice.

Some important information. For retirement solutions such as drawdown, your capital is at risk and you may get back less than you invested. The value of investments and the income from them may fall as well as rise. Your eventual income will depend upon the size of your fund at retirement, future interest rates and tax legislation.

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