Self-Directed Pension Funds

Self-Directed Pension Funds

Self Directed Pension Funds (ISA) offer the tax efficiency of pension arrangements combined with control over the underlying investments. A Self Directed Pension Fund is any pension arrangement where the member has control of the underlying investments. Up to 5 April 2006, such arrangements were available either as a Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) or a Small Self Administered Scheme (SSAS). A SIPP was a personal pension with widened investment powers and a SSAS was an occupational pension scheme where the members were trustees and able to control all investment decisions. These distinctions are still used today but are technically incorrect as all arrangements are registered pension schemes, governed by the same rules. The arrangements are now either trust based arrangements or cont... »