The Pension Planner

Independent Financial Adviser  Mulberry Offices, Sutton coldfield, West midlands, B75 5BT
First meeting at adviser's own cost
We are highly rated (4.9/5 on Trustpilot) Independent Financial Advisers in Sutton Coldfield, helping people at every stage of retirement to maximise their pension and achieve their ideal lifestyle.
We can advise you on
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Annuity purchase
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Auto enrolment
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Pension consolidation
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Pension drawdown
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Pensions & divorce
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Pensions & retirement planning
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Pensions review
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Pensions transfer
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SIPPs
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Stakeholder
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Wealth management
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Ethical investments
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ISA / Unit Trusts / OEICs
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Investing for income
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Investment trusts
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OEICs
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Offshore investments
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Socially responsible investments
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Traded endowment policies
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Unit trusts
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Lump sum
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Estate planning
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Corporate pension
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Employee benefits
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Group Pension/Stakeholder
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Group Protection/Life Insurance
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Group critical illness
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Group income protection
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Group life insurance
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Group private medical insurance
Response rating
10/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 12th October 2020
Meet our advisers
Nicholas Pratt, Dip Pfs
Director

This qualification assessed the knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry together with types of mortgage products and repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the different types of equity release products, risks to the consumer associated with equity release and application of suitable equity release solutions according to the circumstances of different customers.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: the basic structure of the tax system and self-assessment; the main taxes on income and capital that may be charged on individuals, the self-assessment system and how tax liabilities are computed; impact of residence and domicile on an individuals liability to UK tax.

To achieve the CertPFS (DM) and individual needs to pass 2 diploma units in Regulation and ethics and Discretionary Investment Management

This qualification helps advisers develop and demonstrate their financial planning capabilities.

Marvin Watson DipPFS
Adviser

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the application of the investment advice process.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse financial protection planning issues.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK taxation system, and the ability to analyse the taxation treatment of individuals and trusts during the investment advice process.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry, including regulation, legislation and the Code of Ethics.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the risks involved.

To achieve the CertPFS (DM) and individual needs to pass 2 diploma units in Regulation and ethics and Discretionary Investment Management

Andrew Hursthouse BA(Hons)Financial Services
Director

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the various pension products, the pension tax regime and retirement needs.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK taxation system, and the ability to analyse the taxation treatment of individuals and trusts during the investment advice process.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: process of decumulating pension funds and the main issues for clients and advisers; main choices facing members of pensions schemes during decumulation; features, risks and tax treatment of the secured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of the unsecured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of phased retirement; features, risks and tax treatment of the alternatively secured pension option.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: main tax and legal frameworks that govern the accumulation phase of building up retirement benefits under registered pension schemes; features of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions; choices faced by early leavers and use of transfer value analysis; State retirement benefits available, including the risks and suitability of contracting out of the State Second Pension.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of financial protection plans.

To achieve the CertPFS (DM) and individual needs to pass 2 diploma units in Regulation and ethics and Discretionary Investment Management

This exam accesses understanding of the financial services industry including regulation and legislation.

Shane Kao DipPFS
Adviser

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the various pension products, the pension tax regime and retirement needs.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the Government’s simplified pension taxation regime which came into full effect on 6 April 2006 (A-Day). Eight tax regimes for pensions were reduced to one, radically affecting planning and transactions.

Fellowship of the CII is universally regarded as the premier qualification for those working in the insurance industry. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of financial protection plans.

To achieve the CertPFS (DM) and individual needs to pass 2 diploma units in Regulation and ethics and Discretionary Investment Management

Having achieved the IFS Level 6 Diploma in Financial Advice, advisers can go onto to achieve this recognisable benchmark of quality and ethical practice for financial services professionals, elevating financial planning and advice in the public eye to the same standing as other Chartered professions. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of recent pension reforms and how the changes impact at-retirement advice.

This exam accesses understanding of the financial services industry including regulation and legislation.

This exam accesses understanding of the financial services industry, and its regulation, products and processes.

This exam accesses understanding of the financial services and their regulation.

This exam accesses understanding of protection, savings and investment products.

This exam accesses understanding of identifying and satisfying client needs.

What our clients say
Highly Recommended We have had the pleasure of working with Nicholas as our professional adviser since he took over the management of a complicated investment portfolio back in 2008, at this point in time we had very little faith in the financial services sector and our previous financial adviser caused there to be an element of mistrust initially with the whole advice process and management. I am pleased to say that through Nicholas`s hard work and determination he has fully restored our confidence in employing a financial adviser, always being at hand and regularly updating us on the performance of our investment portfolio we could not ask for anything more from Nicholas and The Pension Planner, we have a greater understanding of how our monies are being looked after and have seen impressive growth on our investments year on year without fail. We have placed all of our trust in our adviser and he hasn't let us down once during the last 8 years and we very much look forward to our regular client reviews which are a great opportunity to ensure our financial planning and longer term objectives are on track, not to mention a good catch up about our families over a coffee and biscuit! We look forward to many more years of working with Nicholas and his firm and couldn't recommend their professional services highly enough.
Maureen, Trust Pilot Review
Pre-retirement pensions advice I've never consulted a Financial Adviser before so this was a very new experience. I found Andrew Hursthouse very easy to talk to, very knowledgeable and helpful with his follow up advice. I'd recommend Pension Planner to people like me approaching retirement, who've given little thought to pensions and financial planning. I'll happily go back to Andrew to seek financial advice in future.
Dianna, Trust Pilot Review
Excellent and appropriate advice Nick offered us an open approach to our pension and financial planning and we were happy to put our trust in him. He made recommendations based upon our client risk profiles and our family’s future needs. He was friendly, spoke knowledgeably (without blinding us with jargon) and always responded to any queries promptly and efficiently. I can’t recommend “The Pension Planner” highly enough!
Rachel, Trust Pilot Review
Professional Pension Advice That Even I Could Understand. Having heard the tales from my ex colleagues about the time it takes and the problems faced in arranging an annuity through our pension scheme I started the process 8 months in advance. The company scheme was a trust based scheme and engaged the services of The Open Market Annuity Service so I contacted them for a quotation; the replies I received indicated that they could not give me a quotation until I had retired - what a waste of time. At this point I looked around for an independent financial advisor who was registered by the FCA and thankfully found The Pension Planner who was only 15 mins from home. The reviews on TrustPilot and Vouched For gave comfort that my choice was a good one. During the initial meeting with Nick Pratt we examined the various options for my 4 pension schemes plus of course the State pension. Even though this is an initial meeting it was still quite in depth. We concluded that an annuity at this time was not in our best interest. My wife and I decided to combine the three defined contributions schemes into a new pension scheme and then use the drawdown route to take a monthly income; as the remainder is still invested it will be increasing in value (based on past performance). We have engaged The Pension Planner to monitor the performance of the new scheme to ensure it is still providing the best option for our needs as time progresses. Throughout the process both Nick, Steve and the team have provided a professional service and explained the process and options in a way that the non financial person can understand. I have no hesitation in recommending The Pension Planner to anyone who is looking to sort out their pensions either well in advance of or at retirement (indeed I have done so to my ex work colleagues).
John, Trust Pilot Review
Brilliant from start to finish.Marvin Watson sorted it all out in weeks and took all the confusion off my shoulders. I will be recommending this company to my friends. Thank you so much. Malcolm Wall
Malcolm, Trust Pilot Review
As I was approaching my pension age, and my pension plan was about to mature, I needed some advice, and someone to sort out the paperwork. I felt a little daunted by the task, but came across Pension Planner on the web. After contacting them I was assigned Shane Kao as my adviser. My apprehension was soon laid to rest at our first meeting. Shane understood exactly what I wanted from my pension pot, and together we agreed a plan. The timings worked really well and funds were transferred and all the transactions completed in a timely manner. The girls in the office, Beth, Elle and Hollie gave an excellent backup service. I was kept up to date by email, as each step was processed and completed. I would highly recommend Shane as he has years of knowledge and understands your needs and helps you achieve them. He was always available on the phone if required and if I ever need further advice, he is always there to help. Thank you to all at Pension Planner for your work. Paul
Paul, Trust Pilot Review
A very professional and friendly service from all the staff. No question was too insignificant, they were more than willing to explain things, more than once if required.
Peter, Trust Pilot Review
Refreshingly honest and professional financial advice team. Contacted the Pension Planner because I was looking to start taking an income from a deferred company pension scheme. We had used them previously for my wife's pension arrangements, during which we received excellent service. Once again the whole team were prompt, courteous and efficient from the outset. I dealt mainly with Andrew during the information gathering phase. I found his advice and recommendations to be refreshingly honest. He certainly put my best interests first and I would highly recommend the company to anybody requiring pension/retirement advice.
Mal, Trust Pilot Review
About us

We’re a team of Independent Financial Advisers who provide jargon-free advice, making retiring as simple as possible.

We believe retiring successfully isn’t just about your pension, investments, and savings that you have accumulated. It’s about how you want your money to enable the lifestyle you want.

We focus on getting to know you. This means we will understand what your concerns and goals are, so we address your concerns and achieve your goals.

We are here for people at every stage of retirement:

People retiring soon:

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about what retirement lifestyle you want to live. Our advice will guide you to identifying what lifestyle you want to live and how you get there.

People retiring now:

If you’re retiring now, there’s plenty to think about. It can be daunting, but our specialists will organise your retirement income and get you to where you want to be.

People who have already retired:

Having an ongoing strategy is still important even if you took financial advice prior to retirement. By reviewing and adjusting your financial arrangement, it will ensure you’re making the most of your retirement, and achieving your ideal lifestyle.

Our services

We’re proudly different from other financial advisers.

We’re highly rated:

We have a five-star rating on Trustpilot, with almost 250 clients rating our service as excellent.

We’re independent:

We search and recommend the best options for you, based solely on your goals.

We’re retirement specialists:

Our advisors have over a decade of experience helping people like you successfully retire.

We provide advice your way:

We provide advice at your convenience, whether face-to-face, video or telephone call.

We work throughout the UK:

We have the capacity to become your trusted partner, no matter your location.

Where to find us
Head office address: Mulberry Offices, 46-48 Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 5BT
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
£50,000
Minimum pension value
£50,000
Minimum mortgage value
£0
Advice methods
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    Telephone
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    Online (Live chat, video, email)
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    Face to face
Compliance

Mulberry Office provides meeting facilities for us only, The Pension Planners registered address is Courtwood House, Silver Street Head, Sheffield, S1 2DD, which is our Head office.

Response rating
10/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 12th October 2020

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