Pension is one of the major sources of financial support post retirement and it is therefore advised that one should regularly monitor their pension funds performance to ensure that after retirement there is enough money to sustain. With huge tax benefit that comes with pension savings, these are often seen as the best bait for investment as well securing the future. However, in case of poor performance these savings can actually ruin one’s retirement plans.
It is now considered to be equally important to keep track of one’s pension funds performance so as to remain aware of what money one should expect post retirement. While one may not be a financial expert to precisely know about the pension funds performance, there are now Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs) who can guide them regarding the performance of different pension funds.
These advisers are essentially authorized and controlled through a nation’s financial services authority and one can validate regarding their credentials from register of the financial services authority. IFAs would actually steer one through their pension funds performance by giving them information on the products and services offered by these funds and also about the future prospects on these funds.
These financial advisers provide step by step guide to keep track of the pension funds performance by making one aware about the market or sector from where the funds are sourced and how it could affect the pension funds performance in long run. Additionally they provide details about the ownership of the company and the regulations on it. They guide the investor on the procedures to contact Financial Ombudsman Service in case they are not satisfied with the company. At the same time they review the entire portfolio of fund options, flexibility in terms and conditions, financial vigour of the company and provide a comprehensive report on the current status of one’s pension funds performance vis-a-vis other similar products in the market. With this review report, these advisers are rightly able to project the benefits that would be available on retirement with existing funds. They provide a suitability report on whether one should continue with the ongoing scheme or switch over to another scheme for better returns.
It has been found that regularly reviewing the pension funds performance and switching from one fund to another can result in increased performance with reduced risk on investment and far better returns on retirement. One can go for such reviews either once in a year or half yearly to take stock of what benefits they are going to receive through these funds after retirement.