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Top Pension Tips if you are about to retire

We spend our working lives building towards retirement. Choices we make today will have a big impact on the quality of our lives later on. If you only have a handful of years to go until you reach your retirement, it has never been more important to understand your options and put a plan in place – now could be a good time to re-evaluate your plans with us.

The changes made to UK pensions in 2015 mean that we all have more choices available on how to fund our lifestyle in retirement. But decisions surrounding when, why, and how you decide to retire will be very personal and will largely depend on your individual circumstances.

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Retirement. What can I do with my Pension?

How to turn your pension savings into an income for life.

There are many things to consider as you approach retirement. It’s good to start by reviewing your finances to ensure your future income will allow you to enjoy the lifestyle you want. The earlier you start thinking about what you’ll need for a comfortable retirement and where your money is going to come from, the more control you can have over that period of your life

The changes in the retirement landscape mean some people are adjusting their expectations for retirement. With life expectancy still on the increase, the need to save and plan for retirement is becoming ever more critical. The concept of ‘retirement’, as viewed through the opinions of those currently saving towards it, may have a broad range of meanings. But the reality is that traditional ‘retirement’ is changing, with few now seeing it as a singular event.

The future of retirement is likely instead to see a fundamental change in people’s lifestyles, with a growing aspiration to combine work and leisure to help manage the costs of a longer life expectancy.

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Feel confident about your retirement

If you have been diligently saving into a pension throughout your working life, you should be entitled to feel confident about your retirement. But unfortunately, the best savers sometimes find themselves inadvertently breaching their pension lifetime allowance (LTA) and being charged an additional tax that erodes their savings.

If you are a high-income earner or wealthy individual, you could be putting too much into your lifetime pension and risk exceeding the pension lifetime allowance.

The government will maintain the pensions Lifetime Allowance at its current level until April 2026, removing the usual annual incremental rises.

The following questions and answers are intended to help you avoid this tax charge.

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Retire Happy.

Planning your future has arguably never been more important. When deciding when to retire, the most important thing to consider is making sure you have enough money to live comfortably.

Imagine you’re retiring today. Will you be able to financially support yourself, and potentially your family too, with your current pension savings?

The run-up to your retirement may feel overwhelming, but this is an important time for you and your savings.

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Managing your retirement savings in one place

One thing retirement is not, is an age. Not any more anyway. Gone are the days of being told to stop working one day and pick up your pension the next. Today you have new pension freedoms to decide when and how you retire.

By the time we have been working for a decade or two, it is not uncommon to have accumulated multiple pension schemes. There’s no wrong time to start thinking about pension consolidation, but you might find yourself thinking about it if you’re starting a new job or nearing retirement.

Consolidating your pensions means bringing them together into a new plan, so you can manage your retirement saving in one place. It can be a complex decision to work out whether you would be better or worse off combining your pensions, but by making the most of your pensions now, this could have a significant impact on your retirement.

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