Topping up a Skandia Maximum investment plan

top up maximum investment plan

Skandia has decided that its Maximum Investment plan (MIP) will be one of the causalities of RDR.  This means that from December 31st 2012 you will not be able to top up your plan.

Now is your last chance to make the most of your MIP.

Why should I top up my MIP?

In short you will continue to take advantage of all of the feature of this type of plan:

  • When the plan matures, your lump sum is free of income or capital gains tax if the top up is below £3,600 per year.
  • If you top up above £3,600 per year, you still get the investment benefit, and part of the proceeds will have to go on your tax return.
  • You can increase or decrease your contribution, over the life of the plan without affecting your right to withdraw money free personal tax (income tax and capital gains tax)
  • You have a wide range of investment funds to suit your attitude to risk
  • It might be a good ‘next step’ after you have filled your pension for the year, or if you don’t like pensions.
  • Good choice if you are going to exceed the £1.5 million lifetime limit
  • You can segment your investments, so making it easier to withdraw chunks of money before the plan matures
  • The life cover while you are saving might be handy.

N.B. The value of units will fluctuate and you may not receive back the full amount of your investment. As with all investments you should seek professional advice if you are in any doubt about what to do next.

Flora Maudsley-Barton

Here's a little more information about our team:

Q: Qualifications Include

A: My degree in modern languages included a module on economics and personal finance, and that's how I got into financial planning.

Since then, I've become dual qualified as both a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Financial Planner, including the specialist qualifications in Tax & Trusts (G10) and Pensions (AF3/G60).

The full list is:

AF3 - Pensions (CII) (I did that to totally update my pension knowledge, as I had done G60 in 1994.)
K10 - Retirement Options (CII)
K20 - Pensions Investment Options (CII)
G20 - Personal Investment Planning (CII)
Chartered Financial Planner (CII)
ER1 - Equity Release (CII)
HR1 - Home Reversion Plans (CII)
G10 - Taxation and Trusts (CII)
CFP - Certified Financial Planner Licence (IFP)
H15 - Supervision and Sales (CII) 

In November 2016 I added the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practicioners) Certificate for Financial Services.

Q: Do your clients have anything in common with each other?

A: They are all lovely and there are a few similarities in their aims that I've noticed. 

Many of my clients want to do more than just meet their own needs. They also see themselves as custodians of their money for the next generation or for other beneficiaries. 

In other cases, their aim is to manage their wealth efficiently during their lifetime, with the aim of spending it all… but minimising tax on the way there.

Q: What type of work do you enjoy most?

A: I do get a real sense of satisfaction from the work with those clients who engage me to manage the needs of two generations of the same time. That can be 'just' a long-term and balanced investment strategy or it can be trust planning and estate planning to avoid paying too much Inheritance Tax.

Q: Where would you be right now if you weren't at work?

A: In the Lakes

Q: In the film of your life, who would play you?

A: In my head, it's Uma Thurman, but I expect they would approach 'Nursey' from Blackadder II.

Q: Curry or Hot Pot?

A: Agh, too difficult. Curry.

Q: Sherbert or Chocolate?

A: Chocolate

Q: Lawn or Flowers?

A: Lawn

Q: What are you most likely to do whilst being 'on hold'?

A: Infuriate my colleagues by opening conversations then cutting off their reply when my call is answered.