What are Index Funds, and how are they relevant to pensions?

May 15, 2024

What are Index Funds?

Index funds are a type of investment that pools your money with that of other investors to purchase a broad range of assets that mirror a specific stock market index, like the UK FTSE 100. This index includes some of the largest companies in the UK. Unlike other investments that require active management, index funds passively follow the performance of the index without frequent buying and selling of assets. This simplicity makes them a favoured choice for individuals new to investing.

How do Index Funds work?

When you invest in an index fund, your money buys shares in a fund that represents a broad market index. You essentially own a small piece of each company within that index. The goal of an index fund is to replicate the performance of the market index it tracks. If the index does well, so does your investment, and vice versa. It’s a way to benefit from stock market gains without having to select individual stocks.

Benefits of index funds

1. Diversification: By investing in an index fund, you spread your money across a wide array of companies. This diversification can help minimise your risk because your investment does not depend on the success of a single company.

2. Lower Costs: Index funds are generally less expensive than actively managed funds. This is because they are automated to follow the index, reducing the need for intensive management and consequently, lower fees.

3. Simplicity and Convenience: Investing in index funds is straightforward. There is no need to analyze individual stocks; simply choose a fund that tracks a broad market index, and you gain exposure to all the stocks within that index.

Index Funds and pensions

Using index funds to manage your pension can be a strategic choice. Given the diversification and lower costs associated with index funds, they provide a way to potentially grow your retirement savings steadily without the complexities and costs of other investment types. With a pension invested in index funds, you are tapping into the growth of hundreds, if not thousands, of top companies globally.

Ease of Management: For those not deeply familiar with financial markets, index funds offer a straightforward route to grow pensions. Since they require less active decision-making compared to picking individual stocks, they can be less daunting for novice investors.

Remember, while typically safer than other types of investments, all investments have risks, including the possibility of losing money. Therefore, consider your options and think about what might work best for your individual needs and retirement goals.

Penny offers three mutual funds which members can choose from depending on their investment preferences. You can view them here.

SOME IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Pensions are long terms investments. It’s important that you know the value of your investment could go up as well as down. You could get back less than you put in. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to the future and pension investing is not intended to be a short-term option. Penny does not provide financial advice so please be sure that this investment is right for you.

Your current pension might have special benefits that will be lost if you transfer to Penny. These special benefits include: Guaranteed Annuity Rate (GAR), Guaranteed Bonus Rate (GBR), Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) and Protected Tax Free Cash (PFTC) over 25%. If this is the case, we will not transfer your pension, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

Your current provider might charge you a transfer-fee to transfer your pension to Penny. If this is the case, we will not transfer your pension, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

You should consider the charges and benefits before transferring your old pensions to your new plan, and consider whether the risk and reward profile of the investments offered matches your needs. It may be that your current provider has lower fees than Penny - where this is the case, we recommend that you carefully consider whether to transfer your pension to Penny, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

If you are in any doubt about proceeding you should contact a financial adviser.
© Copyright 2024 Penny Technology Limited. Company registration: 11999643. FCA Reference Number: 931299.
SOME IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Pensions are long terms investments. It’s important that you know the value of your investment could go up as well as down. You could get back less than you put in. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to the future and pension investing is not intended to be a short-term option. Penny does not provide financial advice so please be sure that this investment is right for you.

Your current pension might have special benefits that will be lost if you transfer to Penny. These special benefits include: Guaranteed Annuity Rate (GAR), Guaranteed Bonus Rate (GBR), Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) and Protected Tax Free Cash (PFTC) over 25%. If this is the case, we will not transfer your pension, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

Your current provider might charge you a transfer-fee to transfer your pension to Penny. If this is the case, we will not transfer your pension, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

You should consider the charges and benefits before transferring your old pensions to your new plan, and consider whether the risk and reward profile of the investments offered matches your needs. It may be that your current provider has lower fees than Penny - where this is the case, we recommend that you carefully consider whether to transfer your pension to Penny, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

If you are in any doubt about proceeding you should contact a financial adviser.
© Copyright 2024 Penny Technology Limited. Company registration: 11999643. FCA Reference Number: 931299.
SOME IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Pensions are long terms investments. It’s important that you know the value of your investment could go up as well as down. You could get back less than you put in. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to the future and pension investing is not intended to be a short-term option. Penny does not provide financial advice so please be sure that this investment is right for you.

Your current pension might have special benefits that will be lost if you transfer to Penny. These special benefits include: Guaranteed Annuity Rate (GAR), Guaranteed Bonus Rate (GBR), Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) and Protected Tax Free Cash (PFTC) over 25%. If this is the case, we will not transfer your pension, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

Your current provider might charge you a transfer-fee to transfer your pension to Penny. If this is the case, we will not transfer your pension, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

You should consider the charges and benefits before transferring your old pensions to your new plan, and consider whether the risk and reward profile of the investments offered matches your needs. It may be that your current provider has lower fees than Penny - where this is the case, we recommend that you carefully consider whether to transfer your pension to Penny, as you may be better off not transferring in these cases.

If you are in any doubt about proceeding you should contact a financial adviser.
© Copyright 2024 Penny Technology Limited. Company registration: 11999643. FCA Reference Number: 931299.