Do you already know when you want to retire? Perhaps you have a precise date in mind, right down to the year, month and day. Are you already anticipating all that free time as a permanent holiday?
No matter how young you are, you should be planning for that day already. The government is right on this one – if you’re old enough to be working then you’re old enough to be saving towards your retirement.
Sorry, but we’re all living longer and expecting more from our lives, so you need to think how you’ll want to live in retirement – and how to fund that lifestyle. A rule of thumb might be to aim for an income of a half to two-thirds of your current one. Adjusted for annual inflation, that’s your target income in retirement.
What’s certain is that the State Pension will not fund your retirement plans on its own. Everyone reaching State Pension Age (SPA) on or after 6 April 2016 gets a maximum of £168.60 per week (as at April 2019). Would that fund the retirement you’ve got planned?
To be honest, most people won’t even qualify for the £168.60, as you need National Insurance contributions for at least 35 years to qualify for the full amount, and 10 qualifying years to get any new State Pension at all.
See why you need to plan now?
If you’re aged over 55 and looking to take some of your pension benefits, you now have a far greater choice thanks to the government’s pension reforms. Previously, many people had to buy an annuity with their pension to receive any income. Now, however, there are a number of ways to get an income from your pension fund.
With greater choice comes increased complexity. However, the increased options available could lead many people into making the wrong decision and paying unnecessary tax, which makes professional financial advice all the more important when considering accessing some or all of your pension fund.
By building a long-term relationship with you, we can provide the impartial specialist advice that will help ensure financial security in retirement.
We can arrange a review of your existing pension arrangements, or discuss making provision for your retirement. We can help you if you have started a new job recently and want advice on whether to join their pension scheme or make payments instead into an existing personal plan. Or maybe you have built up various pensions over the years and want to see how you can consolidate some or all of them to reduce management charges?
If you are a new business owner, you may be looking to set up a pension scheme for your employees?
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