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Pensions Pots - How much do you need?

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  1. JohnD

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    Interesting that it has gone up since late 2019, which was quite a high spot before the pandemic crash.

    I wonder what it's invested in.

    For example, FTSE100 (green) went down a few points over that period but the 250 (orange) went up 15%. It was a bit of a tumultuous period wih a lot of luck involved.


    Screenshot 2021-10-14 at 00-10-17 FTSE 100 Index, FTSE FSI Interactive Charts - FT com.png
     
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    thats interesting as I have a £120k I need to use to put towards a pension and at the moment its just sitting in a Lloyds ban account -you mentioned Vanguard a while back and Ive been thinking of dipping my toe int he water with one of those.

    how do you manage you portfolio -spreadsheet or special portfolio software?
     
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    I use Microsoft Money which is a very old program, no longer supported. It does reports and graphs. Mine has a lot of history of prices and transactions. I also graph off the FT portfolio. E.g. the comparison graph above.

    The platform operators have tools that can produce reports showing, say, valuation, price change today, price change since purchase. I find it useful to keep a folder of annual valuations and investment performance, and, for the last year, monthly ones. Paper is quite old-fashioned but I like it.

    I have not compared tools available per platform, but IIRC Vanguard is well rated. It doesn't suit me because I don't want to be limited to Vanguard funds.
     
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    Reading the Aviva web site, they have it well spread in lots of different investments, in the UK, the US and around the world. It gives a percentage figure, for each area of investment.

    It has gone up substantially since 2019, but took a big dive in 2020 during the height of the pandemic.
     
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    many thanks for that advice -I did wonder about just keeping it on paper, its easy to get sidetracked by the technology of doing stuff on the computer.
     
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    With luck it will continue improving while (if) the world economy continues to improve.

    See if you can find mention of the charges and costs applied to your account.
     
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    Annual management charge £124.71 Covers the cost of managing your funds and to cover the cost of running your bind. That is for the £16,826.00.

    It says there are no charges for withdrawing from the fund, after they have had it for five years. I really ought to add more funds to it..
     
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    I'm no expert in financial chicanery, but the FTSE 100 index is barely higher than it was 20 years ago, or even 30 years ago.

    If that's the case, your money would have been better off earning interest in a bank or building society.

    Or am I missing something?
     
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    They say investing in shares is a long game but as you say the FTSE is at the same level now as it was 20yrs ago. It has spiked considerably during that time and the difficulty is knowing when to cash in. Many blue chip companies pay dividends which can offset the gloom somewhat.
     
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    1) No it isn't

    2) Reinvested dividends. Compound growth.

    3) Some would say it also helps to avoid investing in a country that votes to damage its economy and growth.
     
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    Nope.


    FTSE 100 Index
    Monday, October 14, 1991 Close 2,574.50
    Monday, October 15, 2001 Close 5,067.26
    Thursday, October 14, 2021 Close 7,207.71

    https://markets.ft.com/data/indices/tearsheet/historical?s=FTSE:FSI
     
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    God, how can you not understand, Andy's just saying that it hasn't grown as there's still only 100 companies in it.:rolleyes:
     
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    warning:

    Brexers must not click on this graph showing relative growth UK and Europe since referendum day.

    Screenshot 2021-10-15 at 13-55-08 FTSE 100 Index, FTSE FSI Interactive Charts - FT com.png

    DJ EuroSTOXX 50 SX5E:STX

    FTSE 100 Index FTSE:FSI
     
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    So in the ten years from 1991 to 2001 it increased by (roughly) 100%, which I'd say is pretty good. Then in the subsequent twenty years it only increased by 50%, which is not so good, in fact it's greatly reduced growth.

    In the past 20 years it has fluctuated between (roughly) the 5000 and 7000 levels. Some will have made money gambling on the various peaks and troughs, but overall doesn't appear to be growing.

    The index is supposed to show the value of the country's top 100 companies, and therefore it looks like those companies have stagnated for 20 years. Or am I missing something??
     
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    except that it's gone up 42%, plus reinvested dividends, even though in recent years it has been badly damaged by the Brexit catastrophe, and the Pandemic crash.

    that's what you call "doesn't appear to be growing?"

    If you had bought a Premium Bond for £1 twenty years ago, today it would be worth £1. That's "not growing." Though with luck you might have received some prize money.

    let's suppose you invested £100 twenty years ago.

    And received 4% dividends which you reinvested to achieve compound growth.

    and for some reason the price of your investment did not change

    What would it be worth today?
     
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