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Investor concern about complex charges when joint owners are buying commercial properties for their SIPPs is being addressed by Momentum Pensions

 It has launched detailed fee schedules for its Momentum Property SIPP providing complete transparency for customers looking for complex solutions in response to growing concern from advisers and clients.

 The Momentum Property SIPP allows commercial property investment with fee structures that have charges clearly stated upfront for single properties owned by one SIPP member and for Multiple Properties jointly owned by two or more SIPP members.

 Advisers warn that meaningful comparisons cannot be made for clients due to complex fee structures, with no commonality between providers.

 Momentum’s new fee schedule enables clients and advisers to estimate charges and receive a bespoke quote before committing to transactions and Momentum plans to add a calculator to its website to provide further support.

 The changes are part of the ongoing evolution of Momentum Pensions’ enhanced SIPP range launched following feedback from advisers and clients highlighting the need for transparency on charges and the level and number of fees.

 John McCreadie, Head of Sales (UK), Momentum Pensions, said: “Advisers continue to highlight the need for clarity over charges in the SIPPs market and our research has shown that over two thirds have been surprised by unexpected charges since the start of the year.

 “There is a particular lack of clarity in the property purchase market which whilst being admittedly more complex, also arguably has the least clearly defined fees and particularly where there are multiple owners.

 “It is reasonably straightforward where one property is being bought by one SIPP but where there are multiple owners or multiple properties being considered the complexities and confusion over costs can spiral enormously in the market.

 “Out rationalised approach minimises arising or time-based costs and is clear on what services are being paid for and when and we will be adding a calculator that helps estimate and illustrate potential costs in these scenarios”

 Momentum has a pedigree in the SIPP market stretching back over 20 years and is established as a top 20 provider in the UK.

 The Momentum SIPP Range is administered in Sale, Manchester and is backed by a highly skilled team with servicing and technical expertise, including property transactions, within the specialist pension market.

 It was the first company to offer the option of switching for free within a multi-jurisdictional proposition.

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