Estimate the transfer value of your defined benefit pension
Calculate your estimated Cash Equivalent Transfer Value (CETV)
Use our transfer value calculator to estimate the CETV of your final salary pension benefits.
Our free CETV calculator:
- Projects your defined benefit income to scheme retirement age
- Calculates your likely exposure to the pension lifetime allowance
- Provides a low and high estimate for your pension transfer value, the CETV
Defined benefit pension transfer value calculator
A defined benefit scheme is a pension with a pre-defined retirement income. You may be more familiar with them being referred to as ‘final salary schemes’ or ‘career average schemes’. Both are defined benefit pensions.
Defined benefit schemes don’t hold a fund value. Instead, they hold a preserved income value, to start at retirement. The transfer value, CETV, is the amount a scheme will calculate that you can take away and transfer to a private pension, such as a SIPP. From a private plan, you are able to design your retirement plan, and choose an income strategy to suit you. Private pensions also come with other benefits, read our guide to pension transfers for more.
Our transfer value calculator accounts for your preserved income benefits and scheme revaluation. We intend to provide you with a good estimate of your pension scheme transfer value.
When a scheme calculates a CETV, they also account for other factors, including:
- the death benefits linked to your pension
- the retirement age of the scheme, including early and late retirement factors
- the commutation factors of the scheme, affecting the lump sum conversion options at-retirement
- factors in line with annuity rates, using a measure of UK gilts
- accurate scheme section data
- scheme health, in some cases schemes reduce or enhance transfer values according to scheme funding status; whether the pension carries a deficit or surplus
Why apply for a pension transfer value?
Defined benefit pension scheme members are entitled to one CETV calculation per year. Most will also offer a further re-calculation for a small fee. It’s very important to fully understand both what you have in place, and what other planning options are available.
Use our pension research toolkit to apply for a guaranteed CETV. Once your pension transfer value has been calculated, it will be guaranteed for a period of three months. This guarantee period gives you time to consider your options and take advice.
Only privately-run pension schemes can offer a transfer value. Those holding a public sector pension, such as the NHS or Teachers Pension, will not be able to transfer. Use our calculator to project your income and lump sum benefits to aid your retirement planning.
Once you have an estimated pension transfer value, you can enter this into our other retirement calculators. This will help you to discover how holding a private pension ‘pot’ may improve your planning.
Claim your guaranteed Cash Equivalent Transfer Value (CETV) using our free research toolkit
Our toolkit includes template enquiry letters, and a pension jargon buster. We help you ask the right questions about your pension scheme in order to review its benefits. You will find out specific scheme information, as well as gain a guaranteed pension transfer value quote.
Once you’ve gathered the right pension information, use our online resources and jargon buster to understand what it all means. Read our blog about how to understand your pension benefit statement.