Analysis of HMRC data* highlighted the fact that pensioners are continuing to save for their future and to increase their retirement funds in later life. The latest HMRC statistics reveal that the average value of an ISA held by someone aged over 65 now stands at £47,000. This an increase of £4,500 compared to the previous year. The extra money is being used alongside their personal pension when extra expenses come around.
The data indicates that many pensioners may be putting aside money to cover unforeseen costs. These costs could be a broken boiler or to buy more expensive one-off items rather than relying on their day-to-day income to pay for such things.
It seems other over-65s are continuing to save through fear of running out of retirement income in later life. While this may be a good idea in many cases, some over-65s could be living unnecessarily frugal lives as a result of this fear.
It is always a delicate balancing act, ensuring you plan for your retirement future without forgetting to live in the present. Seeking sound financial advice can help to ensure you achieve the right balance.
At Pension Works, we are retirement planning specialists. We can advise on how to increase your retirement funds while you’re employed, but also help to utilise your pension funds best when you have retired.
Pension Works is based in Knutsford, Cheshire and offer expert telephone pension advice. Being a telephone-based advisory firm allows us to service your needs at a time and location suitable for you. For more information about our service click here or call 0808 164 2664.
*Just Group, May 2019
This can be found on your payslip, P60 document or letters about tax, pensions or social benefits.
If you have (or have had) a pension that is described below then we can potentially carry-out a Pension HealthCheck.
Defined Contribution Pensions
These are ‘Pot of Money’ pensions where the benefits provided take into account the value of the fund at retirement. They can be personal pensions or Occupational Pensions. There are no guarantees as to what pension will be provided. This will be a reflection of contributions made and investment growth.
Defined Benefit Pensions
These offer the promise of a guaranteed pension at retirement which reflects the length of service with an employer. It will be based on either the Final Salary or Average Career Salary of the employee. Providing the company is still in existence, there is no investment risk for the pension receiver. This type of pension is becoming less frequent.
This is a generic term for pensions that are not workplace schemes.
Group Personal Pensions
Employer-sponsored schemes – each member has a personal pension plan, and their contract is with the pension provider. The employer’s role solely is to select the scheme provider, decide if there should be any restrictions on fund choices and take contributions from the employee’s pay and forward them with employer contributions to the pension provider.
A private pension arrangement or personal pension is taken out by a sole-trader or self-employed worker.
State Earnings Related Pension (formerly Graduated Pension and subsequently State 2nd Pension or S2P) was an additional element of State Pension for employees. The amount of pension was linked to the employee’s salary. SERPS was abolished in 2016 when the flat rate State Pension was introduced.
Private pensions are contracts between the pension member and an insurance company or another pension provider.
These are personal pensions where the member has a much wider choice of investments, including commercial property and single company shares.
Personal Pensions with a set of rules that impose amongst other things a maximum annual management charge (AMC), low minimum contribution levels (£20 per month) and an appropriate Default fund.
Private pension linked to an employer’s Defined Benefit Scheme but separate from the Scheme’s internal Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) arrangement – largely defunct since the rules were eased several years ago, allowing people to contribute to both personal and employment schemes as they wish.
Money Purchase Pensions
This is another name for Defined Contribution Pensions.
Unfortunately, we are unable to help clients who currently work for or have a pension from one of the following:
If you are unsure about the type of pension(s) you hold, please contact us on 0800 756 1288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org