Five ways to prepare for retirement

5 ways to plan for retirement

Retirement planning is a complex process. As your retirement date draws nearer, it’s sensible to think about some key issues that will help get you off to the best possible start for the next stage in your life. Follow our simple tips below to give yourself peace of mind and, the best possible opportunity to make your pension plan work for you.

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5 Reasons to Consolidation your private pensions

Five reasons why consolidating your private pensions could be useful

The days of spending your whole career working for one company – and paying into a single pension pot – are over. Auto-enrolment laws mean that many people have a number of smaller workplace pension funds and some larger companies offer defined benefit pensions too. As well as making retirement planning harder, this potentially loses you money. Pension Consolidation might not just make things easier but could be profitable, whether you choose income drawdown or an annuity.

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Understanding the risks of pension income drawdown

Drawdown – Understanding The Risks, Advice Is Essential

We’re sure you’ve heard the term pension drawdown; this is where you leave your pension fund invested and take income as and when you need it, instead of using the cash to buy an annuity as people did traditionally. As the money remains invested, the pension fund can continue to grow, even when you’ve retired.

Since pension reforms, introduced in 2015, more retirees have opted to take this more flexible option with their pensions, and the Financial Conduct Authority has reported that drawdown has become much more popular, with twice as many people moving their funds into drawdown rather than an annuity.

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Retirement planning - Investing Income for retirement

Investing for Income in Retirement

Today, savers reaching retirement have more choices than ever before about how they use their pension pots to fund their retirement.

Instead of simply using their pension money to buy an annuity that provides a guaranteed income for life, many choose to invest throughout their retirement years. The challenge this brings is to deliver a continuing income, while ensuring they don’t run out of funds later in life.

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Millions of people are relying on just £7k in retirement

Millions Relying On Just £7k In Retirement

According to research carried out for the Pensions Policy Institute, many pensioners are relying on their state pension for three-quarters of their income. It can come as a shock to many that their state pension entitlement increased to £164.35 per week from April 2018, but only for those who have a complete record of National Insurance contributions, meaning that some people will receive less. On top of that, the government announced last July that the state pension age would be increased to 68 between 2037 and 2039.

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Top tips to spring clean your pension

The nights may still be long but the end of the tax year is fast approaching – so now is the ideal time to think about your pension. Here are six things you need to do to refresh your pension.

Step one: Forward planning

The most effective way to plan for your retirement is to think of it in terms of the lifestyle you aspire to and therefore the retirement income you will need to achieve that goal.

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