The PensionBee Robin Hood Index 2018

Clare Reilly

by , Head of Corporate Development

31 July 2018 /  

31
July 2018

The PensionBee Robin Hood Index 2018

How is your provider performing?

At PensionBee, we’re serious about improving the pension industry. Saving should be simple, affordable and stress-fee, not complex, expensive and enough to make you angry.

That’s why we’re not shy to shame the worst offenders. It’s been three years since our first Robin Hood Index but some bad behaviour still remains, especially when it comes to transfer times and hidden fees. See how your provider fares in the Robin Hood Awards 2018…

Want to do a bit more digging? Read more about the results on our blog, or study the winners and losers in more detail below.

5 slowest transfer times

Position Provider Average transfer time
1 Xafinity 52
2 Now: Pensions 45
3 Mercer 44
4 Towers Watson 41
5 Aon Hewitt 41

Source: PensionBee. Total sample size of 7,292 from January 01, 2018. Each individual provider has a sample of at least 5 transfers.

5 worst providers by average annual charge

Position Provider Average annual charge
1 Now: Pensions 62.1%
2 Zurich* 5.9%
3 Aegon 1.1%
4 Phoenix 1.0%
5 Nest 1.0%

*predominantly personal pensions

Source: PensionBee. Based on a total 1,056 annual charges found between June 2017 and March 2018. Each individual provider has a sample of at least 20 observations. PensionBee calculated the charge by adding up all fees, including fund fees, fixed £-based fees and any other policy fees that may apply. In the case of Now: Pensions, a £-based fee of £18 (in addition to a %-based fee of 0.3%) is applied to fairly small pension values (approximately 40% of the pensions in the sample of 91 were below £100).

5 best providers by average annual charge

Position Provider Average annual charge
1 Legal & General 0.3%
2 Fidelity 0.4%
3 B&CE 0.5%
4 Standard Life 0.8%
5 Aviva 0.8%

Source: PensionBee. Based on a total 1,056 annual charges found between June 2017 and March 2018. Each individual provider has a sample of at least 20 observations.

5 biggest exit fees

Position Provider Exit fee (£)
1 Phoenix Life 12,245
2 Phoenix Life 10,543
3 Phoenix Life 9,413
4 Phoenix Life 9,206
5 Phoenix Life 7,239

Source: PensionBee. 5,431 from June 2017 to April 2018, of which 305 had exit fees.

5 biggest exit fees as a proportion of a pension

Position Provider Exit fee as a percentage
1 Phoenix Life 96%
2 Abbey Life 69%
3 ReAssure 56%
4 Abbey Life 47%
5 Phoenix Life 45%

Source: PensionBee. 5,431 from June 2017 to April 2018, of which 305 had exit fees.

Is your provider performing badly?

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