The strategy aims to help you grow your savings while you are younger, by investing more of your money in shares. As you get older, your money gradually shifts into more conservative investments such as government bonds and cash, with the aim of protecting you from significant falls in the value of your savings.
As well as making an investment choice, you can choose how quickly or gradually you would like your savings to move to your chosen fund or strategy. If you do not want to choose your own timeline, you can leave the decision to us.
Although Investing by Age is designed to reflect the needs of pension policyholders, it may not be suitable for you, depending on your retirement plans, your other savings and investments, your goals, and your feelings about taking risk. If you choose Investing by Age, you will still need to review your investments regularly to ensure that they remain suitable for your circumstances.
If you are unsure whether Investing by Age is the right choice for you, please speak to an independent financial adviser.
These funds invest in bonds issued by corporate borrowers. Returns may be higher than government bonds, for a higher level of risk. Returns may not keep pace with inflation.
A term used to describe spreading your investments across a range of different assets classes, regions or industry sectors, to avoid concentrating your risk and potentially reducing the impact of market movements on the value of your investments.
Equity funds invest in a range of company shares. The price of shares can be volatile and go up or down based on how well the company is currently doing, or what its prospects are.
These funds invest in bonds issued by governments. While interest rates remain low, returns are likely to be low and may not keep pace with inflation.
Money market or cash funds invest in securities with a very short maturity, usually issued by governments, financial institutions or large companies. These are conservative investments in low-risk instruments, with the aim of protecting the value of your investment. Returns will likely be low and may not keep pace with inflation.
These funds can invests across a wide range of equities, bonds and other assets. We seek to provide diversification.
A temporary cash fund in which the unit price is guaranteed not to decrease from the price at the initial investment date, although its value is unlikely to keep pace with inflation.
Unit-linked funds allow you to combine your money with other investors so that you can access a diversified range of investments within a single portfolio. They can provide a cost-effective way of investing in a range of securities and assets, including shares of UK and overseas companies, corporate bonds, government bonds, money market instruments and cash deposits.
It’s important to bear in mind that the value of unit-linked funds can go down as well as up and you may not get back the amount you invested. You should ensure you are comfortable with the level of risk and reward associated with any fund you invest in.
You may also choose to seek professional advice from a financial adviser, authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, who specialises in investments.
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