Nearly two-thirds of advisers have seen an increase in Self Invested Personal Pension business since A-Day, claims Alliance Trust Savings.
The survey of 115 advisers reveals 64% reported an increase in Sipp volumes since pension simplification came into effect in April last year, while just 1% claim Sipp business has declined, and 35% reveal their business has stayed static.
In addition, the findings reveal 21% of advisers claim Sipp business volumes have increased by 50%, while 3% say Sipp sales have grown by 75%, and one in seven claim their sales have sales have doubled or more.
As a result Alliance Trust Savings says advisers have a positive outlook on the Sipp market, as 48% expect a similar rate of growth to the last year, with 49% believing Sipp business will accelerate further, while just 2% expect business volumes to decline.
However, the company points out Sipps are not the only area to have seen an increase in the last year, as the research reveals 33% of advisers name discretionary funds as the investment category their customers are most interested in.
And 26% say commercial property is the most popular investment category among clients, while unquoted shares was highlighted by 16% of advisers, 12% mentioned direct equity and 8% suggested hedge funds had most caught their clients interest since A-Day.
Hyman Wolanski, head of pensions at Alliance Trust, says A-Day was a long-awaited highlight in the pensions arena, turning Sipps into a topic on more investors’ lips than ever before.
He adds: “One of the major outcomes of A-Day is it has made pensions much more attractive for those able and prepared to save for retirement. And it seems it hasn’t stopped there – our research shows financial advisers have seen a tremendous uplift in Sipp business and, with the outlook for the coming year remaining positive, we expect this trend to continue.”
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