If you're looking for a simple and tax-efficient way of saving for retirement, the easy option Personal Pension from Standard Life Assurance Limited could be right for you.

  • Pay in from £80 a month or an £800 lump sum
  • Start, stop or change payments online
  • Let experts manage your investments for you

What is our easy option online Personal Pension?

Our easy option online Personal Pension is part of our Active Money Personal Pension (AMPP). It's a flexible pension where your money goes into one of our MyFolio Managed Strategic Lifestyle Profiles.

If you're looking to apply for a pension, but want to save time choosing and managing your investments, our online Personal Pension could be a good choice for you.

  • You control which MyFolio Managed Strategic Lifestyle Profile is right for you.

The experts will do the rest for you. They’ll:

  • manage your money for you right up until you retire
  • decide which investments you should be in and when
  • make sure the funds in your lifestyle profile don’t take any more or less risk than they should

As you get closer to retirement, your money will automatically be moved into funds designed to get your investments to where they need to be for taking your retirement benefits.

It’s easy to change your investments in the future. If you choose the easy option for your Personal Pension, you can still move to funds in the DIY range later on if you have the time and feel comfortable picking your own investments. If you choose to do this, you’ll need to move all your money out of your lifestyle profile as you can’t invest in a lifestyle profile and other funds at the same time through our Personal Pension.

A pension is normally a long term investment and, as with any investment, its value can go down as well as up and may be worth less than you paid in.

How your payments are topped up by basic rate tax relief

The government gives you 20% tax relief on your pension payments, topping up payments to your pension. We'll automatically claim this from HM Revenue & Customs and add it to your plan.

You pay inTax relief addsYour pension gets
£80 £20 £100
£200 £50 £250
£300 £75 £375

You’ll get tax relief on payments you make normally at your highest Income Tax rate. You can claim any additional tax relief by contacting HM Revenue & Customs.

You can find out more about tax in the AMPP Key Features document.

Why open our easy option online Personal Pension?

  • Start preparing by making one decision

    Simply choose which MyFolio Managed Strategic Lifestyle Profile is right for you based on your chosen level of risk.
  • Managed by experts for you

    Experts will decide which investments you should be in and when. They'll also make sure the funds in your lifestyle profile don't take any more or less risk than they should.
  • Prepares your pension for retirement

    As you get closer to retirement, your money will automatically be moved into funds designed to get your investments to where they need to be for taking your retirement benefits.
  • Manage your pension anywhere

    Review your pension using your laptop, tablet or mobile. Check statements, manage your payments and more.
  • Transfer other pension pots

    Transferring a pension to Standard Life is easy and you could be in control of your combined pension in just a few weeks.
    Transferring other pensions will not be right for everyone. You need to consider all the facts and decide if it is right for you.

Once you’ve set up regular payments, and as long as you meet minimum payments and HM Revenue & Customs limits, you can pay in when you like, and how much you like.

Laws and tax rules may change in the future. The information here is based on our understanding in April 2019. Your personal circumstances including where you live in the UK also have an impact on tax treatment.

When you open an easy option Personal Pension remember, as with any investment, the value of your funds can go down as well as up, and may be worth less than you paid in.

Apply for your easy option Personal Pension:

  • Decide how much to pay in
  • Choose how much or how little risk you want to take

Apply now

If you want to change from the easy to the DIY option, you can. With our Personal Pension, all the investment options are available to you if you want them.

Compare the options – which pension option is right for you?

 Easy option Personal PensionDIY option Personal Pension
Choosing where to invest It's easy - you just choose the MyFolio Managed Strategic Lifestyle Profile which is right for you based on your chosen risk level. You can choose from hundreds of investment funds. 
Risk Experts will make sure that the funds in your lifestyle profile don't take any more or any less risk than they should. You should regularly review the risk level of the lifestyle profile you've chosen to make sure it continues to match how much risk you're prepared and able to take. You should regularly review your investments to check they continue to match how much risk you're prepared and able to take.

Things to be aware of

You should make sure any lifestyle profile you choose matches how you plan to take your retirement benefits. It's also important to consider when you'll take your money as lifestyle profiles make changes to your investments based on your selected retirement date.

If you aren't sure how and when you should take your retirement benefits, we recommend you get financial advice. There is likely to be a charge for advice.