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Generation still taxed

With so much choice on offer, and with frequent rule changes and distinct tax benefits to consider, finding the right vehicle for your retirement planning is essential.

Seeking a higher retirement income

Retirement needn’t be an all-or-nothing decision

The onwards march of ‘pretirement’ – where people scale back on work or slow their retirement plans down rather than giving up entirely – is continuing, with half (50%) of those retiring this year considering working past State Pension age.

This is the sixth consecutive year[1] in which half of people retiring would be happy to keep working if it meant guaranteeing a higher retirement income. More than a quarter (26%) of those planning … Read the rest

Looking to the future

Taking the steps now to prepare yourself for retirement

With increasing numbers of people working past traditional retirement ages[1], stopping work can seem a long way off, especially for younger people. But it’s the dream of an early retirement that keeps many people going through the daily work grind.

Fantasies of a round-the-world cruise, sundowners on a seaside terrace or writing a best-selling novel can make work endurable. The good news for many is that the dream of an early … Read the rest

Should I stay or should I go now?

Key aspects that influence retirement decisions

Whatever you want to do when you retire, the better prepared you are, the more rewarding it will be. It’s important to assess the key aspects that will influence your retirement, as the decisions you make can have a real impact on your savings. There are some important considerations to think about.

Timing
Drawing savings too early is likely to result in lower returns and/or lower lifetime income
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Seize the day – today

Make your vision a reality

Exactly how much you’ll need for a comfortable retirement will depend largely on your cost of living and lifestyle choices. For many people, retirement is about sun-soaked holidays, leisurely rounds of golf and that boat they’ve always coveted.

But retirement is not what it used to be, with more of us working longer to build up our decided retirement income. So it’s essential to reassess how much you’re saving into your pension if you want … Read the rest

Later retirement

Workers extend their careers for a multitude of reasons

When do you plan to retire? Saving for your retirement is a lifelong undertaking – and if you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement, you can’t start planning soon enough. The more you contribute to a pension now, the better chance you’ll have of that money growing and funding your retirement in later life.

But the proportion of UK employees who say they will work beyond the age of 65 has … Read the rest

Life events

What will influence your retirement income needs?

Retirement is a time for you to do the things you’ve always wanted. When considering your retirement income needs, you need to consider the types of events you would like to happen after you retire that may impact your budget. Thinking about these early could help you when you’re deciding the best way to take your pension savings.

Perhaps you’re looking forward to having more time to explore faraway places. Or maybe you … Read the rest

Why being over 40 is the new mid-20s

Healthier lifestyles and feeling happier about financial planning for retirement

An increasing number of middle-aged Britons are getting healthier as they exercise more and eat better than they did when they were younger. Over-40s are turning to healthier lifestyles, with more than half rating themselves as more health-conscious than they were in their mid-20s, according to new research[1].

Nearly one in five (17%) of working over-40s say they are physically fitter than they were in their mid-20s, the nationwide study … Read the rest

New lease of life

Pensioners embracing the benefits of retirement and new-found time

As with any new life stage, planning often helps a smooth transition from the old to the new. Preparing properly for anything new requires planning and commitment. Spending time on planning now will ensure you enjoy the retirement you’ve worked hard to achieve.

According to new research[1], retirement has meant a new lease of life for millions of people who have given up work in the last ten years, with more … Read the rest

Sleepwalking into a pension shortfall

 

Auto-enrolment shouldn’t be seen as a silver bullet

How much money you should be saving for your retirement is a key question when visualising the type of retirement lifestyle you want. However, the 13th annual Scottish Widows Retirement Report reveals that, despite the success of auto-enrolment – 80% of 22 to 29-year-olds are paying something into a pension – 70% of them are not putting away enough. This puts at risk their ability to achieve their desired income of
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Tax matters

 

Improving your chance of a better retirement income

Every client’s story is different. Each one is unique. We invest significant time to understand your very personal circumstances. We do this for all our clients, and setting your retirement income target is an essential part of this process. The income you receive in retirement will depend upon four factors: how much is contributed, how well your investments perform, when you retire, and how you take your income.

How much you

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Retirement taxation

 

Understanding the bottom line

Retired households handed over an average of £7,400 each in tax last year – the equivalent of nearly 30% of their annual income, according to analysis of newly released data[1] by Prudential.

The total annual tax bill for the UK’s 7.1 million retired households was £52.7 billion from direct and indirect taxes, according to the most recent available figures from the ONS.

Retired household taxes

The average retired household saw its tax bill rise by … Read the rest

Gender income gap

 

Minimising the impact on your retirement income

The gap between women’s and men’s annual average expected retirement incomes in 2017 has grown by £1,000 in the last year, according to new research[1].

Future financial plans

The unique annual research has, over the last ten years, tracked the future financial plans and aspirations of people planning to retire in the year ahead. This year’s Class of 2017 research shows that women expecting to retire this year will be £6,400 a … Read the rest

Planning for your retirement

 

Getting ready to slow things down

One of the critical aspects of retirement planning is how you structure your financial affairs to make sure you have sufficient money if and when you stop working.

Making sure you have enough money in retirement to enable you to spend your time the way you want to, doing those things you always intended to do, is likely to be at the heart of planning for your retirement.

Too complicated to think about

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Savings behaviour

 

UK pension system is sustainable but inadequate

It’s been estimated that 18% of earnings need to be saved each year to achieve an adequate income during retirement, an International Longevity Centre (ILC) report has concluded.

It said the contribution level, which is nine times higher than current auto-enrolment rates, would help savers accumulate an income of 70% of their pre-retirement earnings.

Income adequacy

The results also showed 20% of earnings must be saved every year to match the income … Read the rest

Dreaming of an early retirement

When you quit the rat race, will you really have the time of your life?

We all know that we need to save money for our retirement, but knowing it and doing something about it are very different things! Younger generations may be bracing themselves to work well into their 70s – but the early retirement dream lives on for many people retiring this year. New research from Prudential[1] has found six in ten (60%) of those giving up work
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Working 9 to 5

Almost three quarters of employees expect to work beyond the traditional retirement age

The proportion of UK employees who say they will work beyond the age of 65 is at an all-time high. The findings from Canada Life identified that almost three quarters (73%) of employees expect to work beyond the traditional retirement age, up from 67% in 2016 and 61% in 2015.

Younger workers are particularly likely to expect to work past the age of 65, rising to more … Read the rest