The Pension Planner

Independent Financial Adviser  1st Floor, Shipley, West yorkshire, BD18 3LA
First meeting at adviser's own cost
With ever changing legislation, retirement options can be at best confusing. Take advice from retirement specialists at The Pension Planner
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 review
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Pensions transfer
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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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Socially responsible investments
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Lump sum
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Regular savings
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Capital gains tax
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Estate planning
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Income tax
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Employee benefits
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Group Pension/Stakeholder
Response rating
10/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 21st September 2020
Meet our advisers
Shane Kao
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.

Marvin Watson
Pensions and Investment Consultant

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.

To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.

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.

Scott Mullen
Pensions and Investment Consultant
Andrew Hursthouse BA (Hons) Financial Services, Dip PFS
Retirement Adviser & Senior Financial Planner

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.

To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.

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.

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

Nicholas Pratt, Dip Pfs Dip Pfs
Retirement Adviser & Senior Financial Planner

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.

To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.

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.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the legislative and regulatory position of home reversion plans and their place in the advice process.

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.

What our clients say
After my employer had closed the final salary pension scheme, I was left with a decision of where to invest my funds for a defined contribution pension.having not needed to understand pensions before I really was not in a position to understand what would be best for me. I was recommended Nick Pratt at The Pension Planner. He sat down and listened to my needs and within days he came back to me with information as to where to invest my funds inline with the degree of risk I was prepared to take. He explained everything in a way which was easy for me to understand. Overall I would definitely recommend The Pension Planner to anyone needing this type of advice. They provide a very knowledgeable, polite, and efficient service.
Sally, Trust Pilot Review
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
Despite many years in finance generally, I was more than confused as to the complexities of the reducing Lifetime Allowance, when combined with my imminent 75th birthday. Andrew Hursthouse has been extremely helpful in suggesting the best way forward and in 'holding my hand' through the process. I am very much impressed and would not hesitate to recommend The Pension Planner. Thank you!
Geoff, Trust Pilot Review
About us

We truly value our clients and take pride in the work we do. We ensure delivery of the promises we make, and have a strong emphasis on client service. It is these fundamental qualities, along with our expertise, knowledge and experience that sets us apart from the others. We build long lasting and trusted relationships with our clients and provide financial advice in Sheffield and surrounding areas. Our careful attention to detail along with a friendly, plain English approach, ensures our clients value us as much as we do them. The Pension Planner is truly independent therefore we can utilise companies throughout the whole financial market. This enables us to offer personalised solutions, in our informative yet friendly, relaxed manner. We ensure our charges are transparent, clients are made aware of these in writing at the very beginning. We will never charge for our time if we cannot help or you do not wish to proceed with our advice. We are proud to hold a 5 star rating on Trustpilot, so please take a look at what our existing clients have to say about us. <url hidden>

Our services

We help many clients each year plan their retirement strategies in the Bradford area. Whether they are coming up to retirement and requiring an income, or a number of years away and looking to put plans in place to retire in the comfort they desire.
When you contact The Pension Planner, one of our highly qualified advisers, or trained specialists will answer your enquiry. Our approach ensures that you are offered advice that is expertly tailored to meet your exact requirements.

Where to find us
Head office address: 1st Floor, East Suite Waterfront, Salt Mill Road, Bradford, Shipley, BD17 7TD
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
Response rating
10/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 21st September 2020

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