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UK Pension Transfers

Beat the deadline for withdrawal restrictions on NZ QROPS schemes

From 1st December 2016 the ability to access 30% of the funds at 55 will be significantly reduced. Currently when someone transfers their UK pension to New Zealand, the amount that they can withdraw is determined by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). This means that the earliest you can withdraw transferred UK pension funds is age 55 and the amount that you can withdraw is essentially 30%. However, on 1 December 2016 new legislation being introduced under the Financial...

Myth Busting UK pension transfers

The Internet is a wonderful source of information but it also allows for a lot of misinformation and half truths to flourish! This includes what is said about transferring UK pensions to New Zealand. So I thought it time to try and dispel some of the more common myths about UK pension Transfers. Myth 1: Since Kiwi Saver Schemes have lost their QROPS status I can't transfer my UK Pensions to New Zealand? Wrong, there are a number of schemes in...

Brexit and its affects on UK pension Transfers to QROPS

Following on from my previous post, the firm that I work with who provides UK Financial advice, when required for pension transfer to New Zealand, has published a more detailed assessment of the Brexit effects on UK pension transfers. Please contact me if you want to discuss your UK pension transfer options, Jeremy Henderson

Brexit - Should they stay or should they go?

On the 23rd of June 2016, Britain will vote on whether to stay within the European Union (EU). What does it all mean? What does it mean for Europe, the UK and the World? What does it mean for your portfolio? Firstly, what is “Brexit”? What is it? Brexit is an abbreviation of "British exit" that mirrors the term Grexit. It refers to the possibility that Britain will withdraw from the European Union. The country will hold an in-out referendum...

UK Launches Website to Trace £400m in Unclaimed Pensions

The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new pension tracing website to help savers track down lost or forgotten retirement pots. The DWP estimates that around £400m of unclaimed pension savings are waiting to be claimed. Users will need the name of an employer or provider to access the service, which will then search a database of 320,000 pension scheme administrators and come up with contact details for people to use. The department believes that recent reforms...

KiwiSaver Schemes lose QROPS status

The following article is written by Jeremy Henderson from Henderson International Ltd the pension transfer specialist used by Hamilton Hindin Greene Ltd. I can advise that KiwiSaver Schemes have lost their QROPs status, which has been back dated to 6th April 2015. They have been removed from the HMRC list of QROPS schemes QROPS Schemes must not allow any withdrawals prior to age 55 apart from ill health. As Kiwi Saver schemes do allow withdrawals for financial hardship, permanent emigration...
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