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  1. I would encourage anyone with a private UK Defined Benefit Pension Scheme (sometimes referred to as a final salary pension) to obtain a transfer value. Values have been increasing steadily over the years and it is believed that they have now perhaps peaked. We are seeing values on average standing around 25x the current annual pension benefits. This means that if you have a UK pension and the current benefit gives you a yearly pension of £10,000 the transfer value could be £250,000. So if you are a deferred member of a Defined Benefit (final salary) UK Pension Scheme and live in Australia we strongly believe that you should be proactive in this area and we (Vista Financial Services) can request the relevant transfer values and information for you. We can then if required provide advice around whether these benefits are best placed where they are OR whether they are going to work better for you in retirement elsewhere we can then if appropriate carry out a transfer for you. Our solutions include being able to transfer to an Australian Super Fund (QROPS) where applicable which is a solution only open to people above age 55 currently (due to HMRC legislation). We are also able to provide advice on transferring into an International SIPP (perhaps as an interim measure if under age 55 until it can be transferred to an Australia Super Fund) where the money can be appropriately invested as advised by us into UK and Australian currency dominated investments (I will expand more on this solution in another post). Please note that government pensions such a NHS and Police Pension cannot be transferred neither can the UK State Pension.
  2. There is at least one Australian Q/Rops Retail Superannuation Fund available for over 55yrs UK Pension transfers to Australia superannuation. IVCM, Australian Expatriate Superannuation Fund (AESF) (HMRC Q/ROPS Registered). Anyone had any experience/contact/dealings with this company and/or this particular fund?? Got any experiences, thoughts, opinions, comments, you would like to share.......?? Good.....?? Bad.....?? Ugly....?? Please Share......
  3. Has anyone recently (2016/2017/2018) successfully used an Australian Over 55yrs Q/ROPS Retail Superannuation Fund to transfer their UK Pension across to Australian Superannuation?? If So, Would you be happy to share your experiences so those that maybe interested (such as myself) could learn from them............... Are you perhaps familiar, or perhaps have had dealings with such an Australian Over 55yrs Q/ROPS Retail Superannuation Fund capable of transfering UK Pensions across to Australian Superannuation?? If So, Would you be happy to share your experiences so those that maybe interested (such as myself) could learn from them...............
  4. Not sure how much interest there is out there in expat pommyland about this , but have found some real interest because of worsening exchange rates ? We have a QROPS Superfund that can keep your transfer in English Pounds indefinitely , until you wish to convert . Access to good managed funds etc , or even term deposits (under the superfund) paying a lot more (like 9 times ) the rates back in UK . Not Advice , just gauging interest as it seems a good fit ? JG
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