Looking for an alternative to buying an annuity?

When you want to access your pension pot, you have several choices. The right choice for you will depend on a number of different elements, such as your tax position, whether you have a partner, your attitude to risk and even your health.

New data shows consumer confidence improving but worry is still strife

Data recently released by Aviva shows that over half (55%) of UK consumers worry that they will not have enough money to provide an adequate standard of living when they retire, with 18% of consumers saying they do not hold any form of savings or long-term investment products. Almost the same proportion of consumers (49%) think they will have to work beyond the normal retirement age.

The countdown clock is ticking– will you be ready?

It is estimated that potentially over 360,000[1] people could be affected by the new pensions lifetime allowance (LTA) changes, according to HM Revenue & Customs (20 March 2013). If you are one of these people, you will need to act fast, and we recommend that you contact us immediately or you could miss out on the opportunity to protect yourself from an unnecessary tax charge.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH INCOME TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR NEEDS IN THE FUTURE

Sooner or later we will retire, and the decisions we make today are the ones that will determine the standard of living we will enjoy in the future. If you are approaching your retirement there are some very important choices you need to make that will determine how much income you live on once retired.

BRINGING YOUR PENSIONS UNDER ONE ROOF

Most people, during their career, accumulate a number of different pension plans. Keeping your pension savings in a number of different plans may result in lost investment opportunities and unnecessary exposure to risk.

‘SO WHAT DO I DO WITH MY MONEY?’

There are two main types of occupational workplace pension schemes:

Defined-contribution pension schemes

A defined-contribution (DC) or money-purchase pension scheme is one that invests the money you pay into it, together with any employer’s contribution, and gives you an accumulated sum on retirement – with which you can secure a pension income, either by buying an annuity or using income drawdown.

Most people, during their career, accumulate a number of different pension plans. Keeping your pension savings in a number of different plans may result in lost investment opportunities and unnecessary exposure to risk. However, not all consolidation of pensions will be in your best interests. You should always look carefully into the possible benefits and drawbacks and if unsure seek professional advice.

If you think you may have an old pension but are not sure of the details, the Pension Tracing Service may be able to help. They will try and match the information you give them to one of the schemes on their database and inform you of the results. If they have made a match they will provide you with the contact address of the scheme(s), and you can get in touch with them to see if you have any pension benefits.

Whether it’s a long way off or just around the corner, having a plan in place for your retirement can help you get the lifestyle that you want. The State pension alone won’t be enough to ensure a comfortable retirement so it’s important to review your options as soon as you can to make sure you can afford life’s little pleasures once you retire. When it comes to planning for retirement, time is your friend. The earlier you start, the longer your money has the potential to grow.

You’ve spent years putting money aside into a pension scheme, but what actually happens once you retire? Sadly, it’s not as simple as just withdrawing the money. You must now convert your pension pot into an income that will last you for the rest of your life, which is typically done by buying an annuity.

You’ve spent years putting money aside into a pension scheme, but what actually happens once you retire? Sadly, it’s not as simple as just withdrawing the money. You must now convert your pension pot into an income that will last you for the rest of your life, which is typically done by buying an annuity.

In December 2010 the Government announced the introduction of a facility to allow unlimited pension income drawdown as long as members could satisfy a few requirements. This is referred to as ‘flexible income drawdown’ and has been available since 6 April 2011.

Whether it’s a long way off or just around the corner, having a plan in place for your retirement can help you get the lifestyle that you want. The State pension alone won’t be enough to ensure a comfortable retirement so it’s important to review your options as soon as you can to make sure you can afford life’s little pleasures once you retire. When it comes to planning for retirement, time is your friend. The earlier you start, the longer your money has the potential to grow.

Retirement can mean different things for different people. Many of us hope to retire early. At the same time, we expect to live to a good age. The State simply cannot deliver the standard of living we require in retirement, which is why we all need to consider some degree of personal provision. The good news is there are now more options than ever before, from simple individual pensions to more complex schemes such as Flexible Income Drawdown and Self Invested Personal Pensions.

Most people, during their career, accumulate a number of different pension plans. Keeping your pension savings in a number of different plans may result in lost investment opportunities and unnecessary exposure to risk. However, not all consolidation of pensions will be in your best interests. You should always look carefully into the possible benefits and drawbacks and if unsure seek professional advice.