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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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Understanding Your Retirement Options

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

Pension freedoms in 2015 fundamentally changed the rules for cashing in your pensions. Current rules allow you far more freedom and flexibility over how to take your pension than in previous generations.

If you have saved into a defined contribution pension scheme during your working life, you will eventually need to decide what to do with the money you have saved towards your pension when you retire, or at age 55, whichever is sooner.

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Are the over 50’s becoming a lost generation?

Older workers are one group of people who are at risk of suffering serious and persistent consequences from the economic turmoil arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, older individuals who lose their jobs are less likely than younger workers to secure re-employment or to find a job on a similar wage to their previous earnings.

The COVID-19 crisis will result in disproportionate under-employment and unemployment for older workers, who represent a greater share of the working population, findings from new research have highlighted. Over-55s represented more than 50% of the employment growth in the decade to 2018.

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A Guide to Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs)

What do your retirement plans look like? Saving for your retirement is one of the longest and biggest financial commitments you will make. Imagine you are retiring today. Have you thought about how you are going to financially support yourself (and potentially your family too) with your current pension savings? The new pension freedoms provide an incentive to look again at your retirement savings.

A Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) could be right for you if you are looking for a wider choice of investment options and have sufficient knowledge and experience of investing to make your own investment decisions.

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