How PensionBee's plans are performing in 2021 (as at Q1)

Priyal Kanabar

by , Customer Insights Manager

at PensionBee

29 Apr 2021 /  

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With the rollout of vaccines in the UK, the recent reopening of shops, restaurants, pubs and other parts of the economy, 2021 brings hope that the end of the pandemic is in sight. As a result, we have seen UK stock markets steadily recovering towards pre-pandemic levels, whilst US stock markets are continuing to reach new highs. Nevertheless, economic fallout from the crisis may persist for some time, and investors could continue to experience some degree of market volatility, no matter where their pension savings are invested.

We began producing these quarterly performance updates a year ago, in response to feedback that you’d like to see the performance of your plan relative to our other plans. We provide this regular summary so you can do just that, as well as compare the performance of your plan with the major UK and US stock markets. We use these market comparators because they measure the performance of the biggest companies on each side of the Atlantic, and because most of our customers have a significant portion of their pensions invested in shares of UK-based and US-based companies. As the majority of our plans are diversified, most of our customers are invested in a mixture of geographies and asset classes.

As of the end of Q1 2021, UK and US stock markets returned 5% and 6% respectively. This is significantly higher than performance for the same period last year when both stock markets were down (-24% and -20% respectively), and offers hope that our economies are gradually recovering.

Against this backdrop, PensionBee plans have performed similarly to the main stock markets. The growth of most PensionBee plans reflects economic recovery, whilst also mitigating shocks through diversification. Most plans for those aged 50+ have recorded flat performance (+/- 1%) and continue to preserve savings for those who are close to retirement through relatively low exposure to company shares, or none at all.

It’s good to remember that your pension is a long-term investment and to keep that in mind when considering short-term performance. For example, in the five years to the end of 2020, our plans have experienced average annual growth ranging from 5% to 10%, which should put our customers in good stead to build healthy retirement nest eggs. PensionBee is proud to offer long-term financial products in partnership with the world’s largest money managers: BlackRock, State Street Global Advisors, HSBC, and Legal & General.

Remember that past performance is not a guide to future performance and this blog has solely been prepared for informational purposes and not with the intent to influence future investment decisions. As with all investments capital is at risk.

Savers under 50

Plan / Index Money manager Performance over 2021 (%) Proportion equity content (%)^^
UK stock market N/A 5% 100%
US stock market N/A 6% 100%
Future World Legal & General 5% 100%
Tailored (Vintage 2043-2045) BlackRock 5% 89%
Fossil Fuel Free Legal & General 4% 100%
Tailored (Vintage 2037-2039) BlackRock 3% 77%
Shariah HSBC (traded via SSGA) 2% 100%
Tracker State Street Global Advisors 2% 80%
Match BlackRock 2% 72%

Sources: Yahoo Finance, Investing.com, Morningstar, and Direct from the money managers. The performance of BlackRock plans are reported as net figures, and all others are gross figures. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. Capital at risk. These tables do not take account of any fees that may be levied for a particular investment. Full fact sheets are available here: www.pensionbee.com/plans. Plan performance may vary slightly from published factsheets due to timing differences and other negligible methodological differences. ^^Equity content refers to the amount of exposure each plan has to global stock markets and other listed risk-on assets, such as property.

Savers over 50

Plan / Index Money manager Performance over 2021 (%) Proportion equity content (%)^^
UK stock market N/A 5% 100%
US stock market N/A 6% 100%
4Plus State Street Global Advisors 3% 71%
Tailored (Vintage 2025-2027) BlackRock 1% 53%
Preserve State Street Global Advisors 0% 0%
Tailored (Vintage 2019-2021) BlackRock -1% 40%
Pre-Annuity State Street Global Advisors -9% 0%

Sources: Yahoo Finance, Investing.com, Morningstar and Direct from the money managers. The performance of BlackRock plans are reported as net figures, and all others are gross figures. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. Capital at risk. These tables do not take account of any fees that may be levied for a particular investment. Full fact sheets are available here: www.pensionbee.com/plans. Plan performance may vary slightly from published factsheets due to timing differences and other negligible methodological differences. ^^Equity content refers to the amount of exposure each plan has to global stock markets and other listed risk-on assets, such as property.

An important note of caution: It’s impossible to forecast what will happen from quarter to quarter, and past performance should never be used to predict future performance.

For our customers who are already in retirement and are perhaps thinking about withdrawing all of their pension, we hope that you will take comfort in the range of plans we have on offer. You may want to consider only drawing down what you need and keeping a close eye on the markets. Our Investment Pathway guide can help you select a plan based on your personal retirement aims.

We will continue to keep you regularly updated on what’s happening with your savings and if you have questions about your plan’s performance, or anything else, you’re welcome to get in touch with your BeeKeeper.

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