Why Does Transferring Pensions Take Too Long?

The Slow Process of Transferring Pensions

It can be difficult for people to understand why transferring pensions takes so long, but the truth is that there are many reasons why it does. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of those reasons & what can be done about them. After a lifetime of hard work, it is heartbreaking to see your pension being withheld due to bureaucratic red tape. Imagine the anxiety you feel when you think about how long that process will take & if you’ll ever get your money back.
Why Does Transferring Pensions Take Too Long

Why Is My Transfer Taking So Long?

There are many reasons why the transfer process may take longer than you would expect.

Well, let me explain:

For example, some pension fund were never received by the new employer and others might have been sent to an incorrect address or just lost in the mail- it’s that easy for papers to go astray! If this is happening, then there needs to be a clear plan of action before transferring money.

If all paperwork has been filed correctly but still not processed yet, then chances are the company is undergoing an audit from HMRC (the UK version of IRS). This can also cause delays with transfers because if any mistakes are found on their end, they’ll need to do more work to fix them, so everything matches up correctly.

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In other situations where people are waiting for their pension to be transferred, the pension provider might have gone bankrupt.

In this case, it can take a long time before any employees will see a penny of that money because bankruptcy proceedings happen first and foremost with company assets- not individual pensions.

If you have been experiencing problems transferring your pension, it might be time to contact them directly. If they lack transparency or responsiveness, then call up their customer service line for assistance! They should be more than happy to help you out if that means getting rid of an unsatisfied client.

Most importantly, don’t stop fighting until you’re able to receive all assistance! 

Pension Transfer Technology

Pension Transfer Technology

The slow process of transferring your pension is frustrating. Still, the good news is innovative new technologies are being developed to help this process be easier and faster for more people.

One example would be DigiPension by Pensions in Trust (PiT), which already has a pilot program with Citigroup rolling out as soon as April 2017. This will allow customers to transfer their pension pot from one bank or financial institution directly into another account without any errors on either end.

PiT’s software connects two different banking systems at the click of a button so that all information about an individual’s pension contribution history gets transferred correctly- no matter who they’re currently working with.

As well as saving time during transfers, this cutting-edge technology will also cut down on errors and has the potential to make it easier for individuals who are enrolled in personal pension or workplace pension scheme.

Fun fact:

More than one third (35%) of those surveyed stated they would like their current provider to handle their retirement planning by automatically enrolling them in an account through payroll deduction or withholding funds from paychecks, so they have enough saved up when it comes time for them to retire.

These types of solutions could reduce what some call “the pain points” associated with managing finances on top of juggling work responsibilities.

Digitally-based solutions are available, including some that allow people to set up their automatic contribution frequency and pension contributions.

Why Is My Old Provider Still Using Post In The 21st Century?

Some long-standing providers are still sending out paper checks, which may not be processed for six to eight weeks. The consumer must then wait another two weeks before their bank deposits the money into their checking account.


This whole process can take as many as ten days, and there’s a possibility of service disruptions if something goes wrong with either the mail system or financial institution that handles payments for your old provider.

The slow process of transferring pensions is often due to a lack of organization.

 Many pension providers1 are not skilled in digital solutions because they have an older, more traditional customer base with limited internet access or a need for online banking services.

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There’s also a possibility that your old provider doesn’t know how to handle this type of service request – one where account holders ask them to initiate transfers rather than requesting it themselves through their bank accounts on their time frames.

It may be worth asking your current financial institution if there have been any changes as well; sometimes, banks will take note when many customers who use paper checks migrate over at once.

What Can I Do To Speed Up My Transfer

What Can I Do To Speed Up My Transfer?

First, contact your old pension provider and ask them to initiate the transfer. It’s often helpful for both parties to have a specific date in mind on which the money should be available.

Next, make sure you talk with your current financial institution about what can be done when it comes time to move this kind of asset over from one account holder to another.

Some banks offer special services where customers can mail checks or go into physical branches; other institutions may require that funds be transferred electronically – either by wire or through ACH.

Make sure that whoever initiates the process has all relevant information handy before calling so that everything goes smoothly including:

  • Beneficiary name
  • Bank routing number (ACH)
  • Social security numbers2 (single/joint, beneficiary)
  • The account number on both accounts, and any other relevant information.

In addition to the beginning, by asking your new bank what they require from you when it comes time for a transaction like this, some things can be done ahead of time to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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For starters, make sure everyone understands precisely which assets need to get transferred – 401Ks or IRAs as well? If so, these should all be included in one transfer request.

It’s also essential at this point to have not only the required financial institutions involved but also beneficiaries (if applicable).

The more people who know about what needs to be done now before something is lost or forgotten, the smoother everything will be when the time comes to move these assets.

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In conclusion

All in all,

When transferring a pension to another company, many factors can affect the process. For example, suppose you do not know what type of pension or fund your retirement is paid into (e.g., an annuity). In that case, this will increase the time needed for transfer as they need to be able to locate this information first before anything else can happen.

This means that when changing companies, ensure everything has been transferred correctly beforehand – otherwise, it may take even longer than usual for any changes to occur in terms of timing and delivery of payments. 


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