Can I bring all of my pension pots together?

The following video is about How does a pension work and has a transcript (see below).

There are several ways that you could potentially save money by bringing all of your pots together. 

Can I bring all of my pension pots together? - video transcript

Most of us will change jobs at some point during our working lifetime and as we move jobs, it’s not uncommon to lose track of our pension pots.

That’s why combining all your pensions into one plan could make your life easier – keeping track of so many different plans can be tricky and each one has its own charge.

Before you do anything though, there are a few factors to consider:

  • Look at the investment options of each pension – are you happy with the choice available?
  • Make sure you’re not going to lose out on any valuable protections, guarantees or bonuses. Compare your products before transferring.
  • Compare the annual charges to see if you could potentially save money by combining pensions.

Will you be charged an exit fee if you transfer?

Take a look at the annual statement your previous pension providers sent you, and you may find all this information there.

Transferring a pension may not be the best option for you. It’s up to you to decide if this is the right decision. If you’re not sure, speak to a financial adviser – there may be a charge for this.

It’s important to remember the value of your consolidated pension pot can still fall as well as rise and isn’t guaranteed. The final value of your pension when you come to take your benefits may be less than has been paid in. 

Any new investment funds you move your money into will have their own set of risks that will be detailed in the fund information available to you.

You can also speak to our Aegon Assist team who can give you free guidance and information to help you make the right decision. Whilst they can provide free, expert guidance, remember that they can’t give advice.

What should I do if I’ve lost track of my pots?

The first step you should take is to go through the annual statements from any of your previous pension providers.

If you’ve lost track of any pensions, the Pension Tracing Service can help. This is a free online government service.

All you’ll need is your employer’s name and when you worked there. You should be able to find who is currently responsible for the scheme and you’ll be able to get in touch with them.