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Getting a Cash Equivalent Transfer Value (CETV) in 2022 can be an important step in your financial planning as it helps you determine how much money you can receive from your pension plan. A CETV is an estimate of the transfer value of your pension scheme in cash, and it is typically determined by your ceding scheme. The value of your CETV will depend on a variety of factors such as the size of your scheme, the amount of contributions you have made, the amount of benefits you are entitled to, your age, and interest rates, etc.

It is important to remember that your CETV is only an estimate and the actual amount you receive may be more or less than the amount estimated. To get an accurate CETV in 2022, you should first speak with a qualified IFA or a pension specialist to help you understand how the calculation is done. Your IFA can also help you to make sure you are getting the best value for your pension scheme in terms of the transfer value. Furthermore, you should also get an up-to-date valuation of your scheme so you can be sure you are getting an accurate CETV.

Before we discuss further, we also talk about this in the YouTube video below. Watch to hear the explanation from Cameron James, a UK pension industry expert. 

What is a CETV?

A CETV, or Cash Equivalent Transfer Value, is a calculation of the amount of cash a pension scheme member may receive if they transfer out of their current pension scheme. This calculation is based on the value of the pension rights that the member has built up in their scheme. The CETV is the amount of cash the member can receive in exchange for the transfer of these pension rights.

A CETV can be requested at any point in a member’s pension scheme and it must be calculated and provided by the pension scheme trustees or administrators. The value of the CETV is dependent on the rules of the pension scheme, the member’s age, pensionable salary, and other factors such as interest rates etc. 

For most Defined Benefit pension schemes, the CETV is calculated by the scheme actuary, who uses actuarial tables to calculate the present day value of the future pension payments due to the member. The CETV amount will then be adjusted to the member’s current age, and will be reduced if the member is planning to take early retirement. Read here to learn more about the calculation.

When a member decides to transfer their pension rights, the CETV will be used as the amount of cash the member will receive in exchange for transferring their pension rights. The CETV will be the same regardless of the pension provider the member is transferring to, as the CETV is based on the value of the pension rights in their current scheme.

In some cases, a member may be able to negotiate a higher CETV than the one offered by their pension scheme. This may be possible if the member has built up higher pension rights, or if the pension provider is offering better terms than the current scheme. 

A CETV is an important calculation for any pension scheme member considering transferring out of their current scheme, as it will give them an idea of the amount of cash they will receive in exchange for their pension rights. The CETV will also be used by the pension provider to assess the value of the pension rights that the member is transferring. It is important for members to understand their CETV and the implications of any transfer before making any decisions.

Getting CETV On Your Own

The idea of getting a Defined Benefit Cash Equivalent Transfer Value (CETV) on your own may be tempting. After all, you may think you can save money by doing the work yourself. Unfortunately, this is not really the case. Here is why you should not attempt to get a CETV on your own.

Getting a Defined Benefit Cash Equivalent Transfer Value (CETV) on your own is not recommended. The calculations involved are complex, the paperwork can be overwhelming, the process is time-consuming, and the costs can be significant. Additionally, even if you do manage to get a transfer value on your own, you may not be able to take full advantage of the value without the assistance of a financial adviser since it has an expiry time that you must meet. For these reasons, it is best to consult a qualified professional when attempting to get a CETV.

Getting Your CETV Through Your IFA

If you decide to take a CETV from your DB scheme, the best way to do it is through an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). An IFA can provide you with impartial advice on how to get the best value from your CETV. They can also help you understand the implications of taking a transfer value and how it might affect your retirement income.

When you approach an IFA, they will need to assess your current financial situation in the first instance. This will include looking at your other retirement savings, your current income, and your expected future retirement income. This is so the IFA can get an understanding of how much money you need to achieve your retirement goals.

Once this has been established, the IFA will be able to advise you on the best way to take your CETV. They will be able to explain the benefits and risks of taking a transfer value and ensure you understand any tax implications.

It is important to remember that taking a CETV is a big decision, and it is essential that you get the right advice. An IFA can provide you with an independent view on the options available to you and make sure you understand the risks involved.

In addition to providing advice, an IFA can also help you maximise the value of your CETV. They may be able to negotiate a better deal with your pension provider or help you find a more suitable investment vehicle.

Finally, an IFA can also help you manage your transfer value after you have taken it. This can include providing advice on how best to invest your lump sum to ensure you get the most out of it.

Talk to an FCA-Regulated and Qualified IFA at Cameron James

Taking a CETV from your DB scheme can be a complex process, but with the help of an IFA you can ensure you get the best value from your transfer. They can provide you with the advice and guidance you need to make an informed decision, and help you to make the most of your transfer value.

Get the right advice from the FCA-regulated and qualified IFAs from Cameron James. Hit the contact button on the right side to start a conversation with us in a free initial consultation in your convenience date.


Dominic James Murray

My career in financial services began in 2010 during my Bachelor of Science (BSc) Undergraduate degree at Aston University in England. The degree required me to spend a year abroad working with an established organisation.

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