The Nutmeg personal pension can accept transfers from a wide range of pension schemes in the UK. Before you start the transfer, there are a couple of things you should check.
1. The type of pension you're transferring
Nutmeg can accept transfers from many types of pension scheme, but there are some that contain important protections that could be lost on transfer.
Nutmeg can only accept transfers from defined contribution or money purchase schemes. These names just mean that the pension pot is built from contributions made to it, either by yourself or your employer.
We therefore cannot accept defined benefit or final salary schemes. These schemes are particularly generous to their members, and it's often ill-advised to transfer these into a defined contribution scheme, such as the one Nutmeg operates.
If you're unsure of what type you have, we've put together a handy guide to help you identify different types of pension.
2. The costs
This is an important one. You should compare the costs between your current provider and the Nutmeg personal pension. As a reminder, the fee for fully managed Nutmeg portfolios is as follows:
On the value up to £100,000: 0.75%
On the value over £100,000: 0.35%
There are no additional costs for the Nutmeg personal pension. Just one simple annual management fee across your entire Nutmeg account.
You should also check whether your current provider charges you any exit fees for transferring your pension away from them. If you instruct a transfer with us and your provider tells us exit fees are due, we won't proceed until you've confirmed the fee with them directly.
Nutmeg doesn't charge exit fees for pension transfers away from us.
3. Whether your current pension has any protected benefits
Some pensions have special protected benefits which could potentially be lost on transfer. These are rare, and you'll probably know if you have them. The main types are:
Guaranteed Annuity Rates (GARs)
Some schemes entitle you to purchase an annuity through the scheme provider with a guaranteed rate, often higher than you'd find on the market. These guaranteed rates are lost on transfer.
Check if your current pension has exposure to a With-Profits fund. You may have attractive bonus rates that could be lost on transfer. Moreover, the transfer value of With-Profits funds may be subject to something called Market Value Reduction, which will reduce the size of your pension fund.
Check if your existing pension plan provides life assurance, waiver of premium (a form of premium insurance) or the option of an early retirement age. The Nutmeg pension does not offer these benefits. Any deterioration in your health since these additional benefits were provided may mean that replacement cover will be more expensive or difficult to obtain once you leave your existing plan.
4. If you're transferring from an Occupational Pension Scheme
Check any occupational pension schemes (including Executive Pension Plans) to ensure that valuable benefits are not being lost. In particular, you should check the amount of tax free cash your current pension allows you to take. We may ask you to sign an additional disclaimer if you wish to transfer.
5. Remember that it is your decision to proceed with a transfer
Though we're very happy to give general guidance on pension issues, we can't provide advice as to whether you should or shouldn't transfer your pension to Nutmeg. The decision to transfer is ultimately yours to take. If you are still unsure, you should consult an independent financial adviser.