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Self-invested personal pensions have attracted much interest, primarily because they offer great flexibility when saving for retirement, says Katy Barnard

24 September 2013

Pension investment has seen many changes in recent years. Currently, the maximum amount that qualifies for tax relief is £50,000 gross per annum (or earnings, if lower) falling to £40,000 per annum from April 2014. These figures include employer as well as employee contributions. Members of defined benefit schemes who are also contributing to a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) should be wary of these limits as tax relief is effectively clawed back on excess contributions.

A SIPP is like a bag holding a range of assets. You can manage the assets or seek the help of a discretionary fund manager (DFM) who can access a broad range of investments on your behalf. There is substantial flexibility a...

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