Taking 25% out of your pension may seem attractive

Taking 25% out of your pension pot may seem attractive

Since Pension Freedoms were introduced in April 2015, people are now able to access their pension funds more flexibly and can take up to 25% of their pension as a tax-free lump sum, at age 55 or above. Pension drawdown, also known as income drawdown allows you to access a quarter of your private pension funds, without paying any tax, and also enables you to keep the remaining balance of the pension funds invested, ensuring it still has the potential to grow – unlike if you were to purchase an annuity.

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Pensions in income drawdown fear running out of money

Pensioners in drawdown fear running out of money

Since the introduction of the new pension freedoms in April 2015, more and more retirees have opted to take flexible withdrawals from their pension funds by going into what’s referred to as drawdown. The Financial Conduct Authority recently reported that drawdown has become much more popular, with twice as many pots moving into drawdown than go into annuities. But managing your own withdrawals, will you run of out money when it retirement?

Income drawdown is where you leave your pension pot invested and take an income directly from it, instead of using the money in your pot to buy an annuity (a regular guaranteed payment from an insurance company). With drawdown, the money left in your pot will continue to benefit from any investment growth.

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Pension freedoms: making saving for retirement more appealing

Politicians, consumer groups and the investment industry, in general, welcomed the pension freedoms introduced by the government in April 2015. The changes gave people more choice and flexibility in how they funded their retirements.

However, the sweeping nature of the reforms has caused one or two problems. Earlier this summer, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its initial study of the new system, alerting savers to potential risks.

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