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Making investment decisions into old age

Seven in ten retirees have not set up a Lasting Power of Attorney

More than 615,000 pensioners are on course to make investment decisions into old age but new research[1] suggests tens of thousands have not set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), with seven in ten (70%) people in retirement not having set up an LPA.

The findings, which coincided with Dementia Action Week, revealed a financial planning blind spot which could leave tens of thousands of pensioners … Read the rest

Bolstering day-to-day retirement living

Releasing money from your home without having to move

Equity release is a way of releasing money from your home without having to move, either by taking out a type of loan secured against your home or by selling all or part of your home to a home reversion company. Currently 1 in 51 people take out equity release loans to bolster their day-to-day retirement finances. The findings from a new survey[1] underscore the growing use of the loans to
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Retirement longevity

Your destiny is now in your own hands

If you are in your 50s or 60s, your thoughts are probably turning towards retirement. When should you retire? How much money do you need?

In trying to answer these questions, you face a problem. Because of longevity trends, we are on average living longer. With longevity increasing, your wealth may have to provide you and your spouse or partner with an adequate income for 30 or even 40 years.
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What’s your magic number?

Your five-year plan to a comfortable retirement

Retiring is a huge life event. And the very concept of retirement is changing with phased retirement becoming more common. The way we access our pension is now a lot more flexible, and it’s no secret that in the UK we’re living longer than ever before which means we need to make the right choices.

So you’re now age 50 and you want to wave goodbye to the 9-to-5 grind and retire at … Read the rest

Dreaming of escaping a working life for retirement?

Getting your date right will help your plans stay on target

Some people will have set their retirement date when they were in their 20s or 30s and a great deal will have changed since then, including their state pension age and perhaps their career plans.

It may seem like a finger in the air guess when you’re younger, but the date that you set for retirement on a pension plan does matter. It will often dictate how your money … Read the rest

Preparing for your upcoming retirement

Considering the practicalities of fulfilling your desired lifestyle

If you are aiming to retire within the next five years, its time to get into the mindset of considering the practicalities of fulfilling your desired lifestyle and making plans.

You now have just 60 pay packets left until you retire. This is a time when you’ll need to obtain up-to-date pension forecasts and obtain professional financial advice to make sure your retirement plans are on track.

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Freetirees

Pension freedoms usher in a new generation

The introduction of pension freedoms has been a huge enabler for over 55s, allowing millions to draw income from their pensions flexibly. Pension freedoms offer the opportunity to transition into retirement by continuing to work with reduced hours beyond traditional retirement age.

This emerging trend enables you to choose a middle path, allowing for reduced working hours, more flexible quality leisure time, whilst also receiving your retirement benefits. Taking a phased approach to … Read the rest

To downsize, or not to downsize?

Planning your next move for a comfortable retirement

It can be a daunting prospect to think about selling the family home, but it is a decision that many decide is the right choice for them once the children have long moved out and the upkeep seems too onerous. However, people don’t often consider the impact this could have on their retirement, according to new research[1].

This has revealed that if people have decided to downsize, they could unlock value from … Read the rest

Generation still taxed

Numbers nearly double in the last two decades

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.

Add to this the number of taxpaying pensioners nearly doubling over the last two decades, and with talk of also requiring pensioners to pay National Insurance on any earnings or even on pensions, the older population may start thinking of themselves as ‘Generation still taxed’.… Read the rest

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

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 just
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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 contribute

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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

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