Discuss Your Enhanced Transfer Value Options
We specialise in helping clients through the Enhanced Transfer Value Process.
We have helped clients who have worked for some of Ireland's largest companies
More and more people are being offered Enhanced Transfer Values. Defined Benefit pension schemes are costly to run and many companies are moving away from this model.
Therefore, offering an Enhanced Transfer Value can be an attractive option for members while also reducing the schemes numbers and liabilities.
It is also worth noting, a Defined Benefit pension is seen as a promise, not a guarantee. This means receiving your full defined benefit pension in retirement will depend on several factors such as the schemes solvency among others.
If you are unsure or looking to assess your options, feel free to contact our team.
We contacted Pension Support Line as my wife and I had worked in the same employment and were both sent documentation about enhanced transfer values. After speaking with Eoin, we had a much clearer picture of what options were available to us we were both able to transfer to our own pension arrangements.
Peter & Joanne – Waterford
What is an Enhanced Transfer Value (ETV)?
An Enhanced Transfer Value (ETV) is offered to members as a once-off opportunity to transfer the value of their pension fund.
This is on enhanced terms, meaning the monetary amount offered may be increased as an incentive.
The member has the option to agree to this amount and transfer their pension arrangement. Furthermore, the ETV exercise grants the company and trustees an opportunity to de-risk the current pension scheme.
Process of accepting an Enhanced Transfer Value
Should you wish to accept an Enhanced Transfer Value, this will mean transferring to a separate pension arrangement.
The new pension arrangement is called a Personal Retirement Bond (PRB)
Once in this arrangement, the policy will be in your own name and you will have full control over your investment decisions. Transferring to a PRB will also give you the ability to:
- Access 25% of your pension benefits tax-free
- Use the remaining 75% to purchase an annuity or Approved Retirement Fund (ARF)
Enhanced Transfer Value Calculation | Example
The percentage (%) of the enhancement you have been offered will vary depending on your situation.
This Enhanced Transfer Value is what members are offered to trade in their Defined Benefit (DB) pension arrangement.
Below is an example of how the process may work. In this example we have used an 20% enhancement.
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In some cases, the percentage may be higher or lower. If you have received an offer and are unsure, feel free to ask us any questions you may have.
Do not assume that your employer has all your personal information correct. Were you married during your service? Ensure these details have been updated.
If these details are incorrect it could potentially affect your Enhanced Transfer Value.
Benefits of accepting an Enhanced Transfer Value
There are several benefits associated with accepting an Enhanced Transfer Value. Some include:
- Potentially access 25% of your benefits tax-free.
- You may be eligible to access your benefits from age 50.
- Transferring your benefits to a policy in your own name will give you control over investment decisions.
- Access to a higher tax-free lump sum.
- Benefits may be easier to inherit.
- Accepting an Enhanced Transfer Value may be suitable due to health, financial or other circumstances.
We have written another blog regarding the benefits of transferring if you would like a more detailed answer
Drawbacks of accepting an Enhanced Transfer Value
Some of the drawbacks of accepting an Enhanced Transfer Value include:
- Your income is no longer a guaranteed amount.
- After investing your remaining funds, they are at the risk of the market and may drop.
- The decision to transfer out cannot be reversed.
- Often you have a short timeframe to make your decision.
As we see above, there are pros and cons to each decision. Take time, and decide on what suits your personal situation best.
If you are unsure of what option suits you best, we offer a complimentary consultation.
What to do next?
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to pensions. Particularly with Enhanced Transfer Values.
Each situation is different as much will depend on the enhancement being offered and the scheme your benefits are currently in.
Transferring out may or may not be the best option. Without knowing specifics it is impossible to assess which route you should take.
It is, for this reason, we offer a complimentary consultation on these services. It gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have and the advisor a chance to discuss potential options.
We are currently quite busy (thankfully)
However, if this is something you may be interested in, feel free to contact our team. We can arrange for you to have a casual chat and see what options may be available.
From here you can decide how you would like to proceed.
Discuss Your Enhanced Transfer Value Options
How do I speak to an advisor to assess my options?
The easiest way to begin assessing your options is by contacting our team.
Our advisors are industry experts and will only allow you to transfer if it is the right decision for your situation. A holistic approach must be taken when discussing such decisions.
If you would like a free no-obligation chat please leave your information in the contact box or give us a call.
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