How many pensions do you have?
Research suggests that on average people now have 11 different employers throughout their working life. Can you imagine if each job had provided a different pension?
Even if you have not had that many jobs, you may still have a number of different pensions to keep track of. Pensions can be confusing, but there is an alternative way to help keep on top of them.
Pension Transfers (sometimes referred to as Pot Consolidation) may allow you to combine some or all of your defined contribution pensions in one place. Consolidating your pension means fewer statements to keep an eye on, along with fewer and potentially lower management charges.
Can you combine all of your pensions?
Not all pension types can or should be transferred. It's important that you know and compare the features and benefits of the plan(s) you are thinking of transferring.
It can be a complex decision to work out whether you would be better or worse off combining your pensions.
How do you combine your pensions?
You can usually do this yourself for your defined contribution pensions using our service. As it's a non-advised service you are responsible for making sure that this is the right thing for you to do. Transferring your pension might not be the right thing for you and there are a number of factors you need to consider. For more information, visit the Scottish Widows pension transfer page.
Do you need more help?
If you're still not sure what to do with your pensions, please speak to an independent financial adviser (IFA).
They will be able to help you understand your situation and what is best for you. If you don't have an adviser, we can help you find one in your area.
Can you combine your different pension pots together?
Merging your pension pots can make managing your pension much easier, but you may lose access to certain benefits if you do so.