Defined benefit vs SIPP: The death benefit debate continues

Running the numbers on death benefits for clients

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Neil MacGillivray pens a follow-up to his last article on DB allowances, this time bringing death benefits in final salary and SIPPs into the mix

In my last article, I covered the topic of the annual allowance (AA) for defined benefit (DB) schemes. The article's purpose was not to fixate on the possibility of an AA charge but instead focus on the need to adopt a holistic approach and determine what were ancillary positives instead. I find that whenever anything is written that appears to be a contrarian view to ‘potential' downsides of DB schemes, criticism can ensue. In one conversation I was told I shouldn't forget that death benefit treatments are far more favourable under money purchase arrangements, like a self-invested perso...

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