When you apply for a Stakeholder pension, you can choose where you want to invest your payments – in other words, which funds you want to invest in. Each fund is divided into a number of units. Each time you make a payment into your pension plan, we use it to buy some of these units in your chosen fund or funds.
Funds invest in assets such as:
Alternatively, rather than selecting funds, you can invest in one of our Lifestyle Profiles.
You can choose a Lifestyle Profile instead of choosing individual funds. Your money will initially be put into one or more funds, typically invested in a mix of assets including equities. As you get nearer to your selected retirement date, we steadily switch your money into one or more funds considered to be lower risk. The Lifestyle Profile will apply to the whole of your plan.
You can choose to invest in up to 10 different funds or one Lifestyle Profile at any one time. If you can’t decide or don’t want to make a choice, we’ll automatically invest your payments into our default Lifestyle Profile called the Multi-Asset Lifestyle Profile.
Our default Lifestyle Profile is the Multi-Asset Lifestyle Profile and invests in the Multi-Asset Fund. When you're 10 years away from your selected retirement date, we start to gradually switch your pension pot into our Over 15 Year Gilt Index Fund and the Cash Fund, which are considered to be lower risk funds.
Please remember that the values of these funds may go up or down.
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Investing in one of our Stakeholder pensions is a great way to help provide for your child’s future.