As you approach the last five years before your retirement, there will be a lot of things to consider. You’ll need to think about your finances, your health, your housing situation and your plans for the future to live comfortably in retirement. In recent years, the changes to pensions legislation have created greater freedom and choice over how pension assets can be used. However, with freedom and choice comes complexity.
There has rarely been a more challenging time to retire, which is why it has never been more important to understand your options. Remember, the choices you make today will have a big impact on the quality of your life later on.
As a result, there will be lots of questions you’ll need to ask: How much money will I need to have saved? What will my income sources be in retirement? What kind of lifestyle do I want in retirement? What will my health care needs be in retirement? What are my long-term care needs in retirement? What are my estate planning needs in retirement? What are my tax considerations in retirement?
There are also a number of things to review in order to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable retirement.