Glidepath is the lifestyling tool used in our straightforward pension.
We use the Virgin Money Pension Growth Fund 3 and the Virgin Money Pension Defensive Fund to manage your pension savings on your behalf.
No matter what age you are or what fund your money’s in, we make sure it’s invested in lots of different types of investments, including UK and overseas shares, property, corporate and government bonds, from around the world. This helps you ‘spread’ your risk – and means you’ll never have all your eggs in one basket.
Our investment approach aims to grow your money up to and throughout your retirement, and provide flexibility when making your retirement plans.
We manage your investments based on your age so until you are 50, all your money is invested in the Virgin Money Pension Growth Fund 3.
At 51, some of your money is gradually moved into our lower-risk Virgin Money Pension Defensive Fund. This will happen automatically every year till you turn 65. And even then, we’ll keep some money in our new Growth Fund 3 so your pension has the potential to grow to support you in retirement.
Check out how Glidepath works using the handy table below - it shows how your money will be invested at different ages.
|Fund||Up to 50||51||52||53||54||55||56||57||58||59||60||61||62||63||64||From 65|
|Growth Fund 3||100%||97%||94%||91%||88%||85%||81%||77%||73%||69%||65%||60%||55%||50%||43%||36%|
Please bear in mind, the value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you invest. Tax benefits and tax rules depend on individual circumstances and may change in the future. The earliest you can normally take your pension savings is your 55th birthday. If you stop or reduce your payments you will reduce the amount you get back from your pension.
Thanks to changes in pension regulations, these days you’ve more choices about how and when you access your pension.
As well as being able to take a 25% tax-free lump sum, you can:
We’ve designed our new Glidepath to support income drawdown. This means it manages your investments in line with your age and lifestage, rather than the date you think you might retire. It gives you more flexibility on when and how you retire.
At the moment our pension enables you to take your savings as a single lump payment. If you're retiring soon, this could mean that you may need to transfer your pension elsewhere if we don't have all these choices available by that time. We're working hard on making the other choices available in the future.
You can find out more information about retirement options at unbiased.co.uk
Remember, tax treatment depends on individual circumstances. Tax law and practice can change in the future and may affect your pension.
Our two new funds, Virgin Money Pension Growth Fund 3 and the Virgin Money Pension Defensive Fund, are ‘multi-asset funds’. That means the funds will invest in different types of investments across the world. These include UK and overseas shares, property, corporate and government bonds.
To find out more, take a look at the fund pages.
When you get closer to retirement, you want convenience and choice more than anything. That's exactly what Glidepath gives you – here's how.
|Designed for||People who want to keep some or all of their pension pot invested and use income drawdown during retirement|
|Less suitable for||People who want to take all of their money on a fixed day – as cash or to buy an annuity|
|Invests in||Virgin Money Pension Growth Fund 3 and Virgin Money Pension Defensive Fund|
|Which are||Multi-asset funds that invest globally in a mix of different investments, with the mix regularly reviewed on your behalf|
|Where is it invested?||Your money will be invested across the UK and overseas, including emerging markets such as China and India. By investing globally, your money is less exposed to the fortunes of any one country / region, which helps manage risk|
|Asset types||Shares (developed and emerging markets), global property shares, government bonds (UK gilts, and overseas), corporate bonds, high yield bonds and cash|
|We move your money to prepare for your retirement||During the 15 years from age 51 to age 65|
|How we invest your money||Initially all your money is invested in the Virgin Money Pension Growth Fund 3.
Once a year, from age 51 until age 65 we automatically move some of it to the Virgin Money Pension Defensive Fund.
From 65 onwards, you’ll have 36% of your money invested in the Growth Fund 3 and 64% invested in the Defensive Fund.
|Our charges are||0.85% ongoing annual charge for the Virgin Money Growth Fund 3 and 0.70% ongoing annual charge for the Virgin Money Defensive Fund|
|How our charges are paid||By adjustment to the unit price of the funds – we do not collect any charges directly from you|
|Can I switch this on and off||Yes – you can switch Glidepath on or off at any time.
If you switch it on we’ll check your investments and, if appropriate, change them on the last working day of that month.
If you switch it off your funds will stay as they are, and you’ll need to tell us if you want to make changes to them.
We believe it’s always important to carefully consider your future financial security.
Whatever your retirement plans are, check out the MoneyHelper pensions calculator to help you find out if you're on the right track for retirement.