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Retirement Options 2021

Retirement Options

How to ensure a comfortable retirement

The pension freedoms have given retirees a whole host of new options. There is no longer a compulsory requirement to purchase an annuity (a guaranteed income for life) when you retire. The introduction of pension freedoms brought about fundamental changes to the way we can access our pension savings.

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Pension Freedoms 2021

Pension Freedoms

Options to improve your financial wellbeing in later life.

Half of Britons aged 55 and over (51%) admit they know little about the pension freedom rules introduced in April 2015, according to research[1].  A further one in ten (10%) over-55s say they know nothing at all about the changes, which represented a complete shake-up of the UK’s pensions system five years ago[1].

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More over 55s dip into pension funds

More over-55s forced to dip into pension pots

Understanding the different ways you can use your pension money

The UK has seen a rise in the number of people accessing their pension pots or enquiring about doing so. People accessing their pension as a flexible income has increased by 56%[1] according to research since the first lockdown last year. The increase is due to people withdrawing after holding off when stock markets were volatile.

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Pension Freedoms and Retirement

Revolutionising the retirement landscape

Navigating complex decisions to shape your retirement finances

Pension freedoms have put a greater onus on people to keep themselves informed of their options when it comes to accessing their pension money. However, little knowledge and understanding of the rules could mean some people risk making decisions that are not best for them.

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Pension Freedoms

Pension freedoms

 

Retirees now have a whole host of new options

The pension freedoms, introduced on 6 April 2015, have given retirees a whole host of new options. There is no longer a compulsory requirement to purchase an annuity (a guaranteed income for life) when you retire. The introduction of pension freedoms brought about fundamental changes to the way we can access our pension savings.

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Pension Drawdown pros and cons

Unlocked pension savings

 

Critical gap in consumer awareness

Drawdown allows most pension holders to withdraw a tax-free lump sum and reinvest the remainder as an income. But hundreds of thousands of DIY drawdown investors are unaware they can scale back or stop their withdrawals, putting them in danger of draining their retirement savings too rapidly, according to new research[1].

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Pension Drawdown and cashing in

Cashing out

 

Pension changes brought a whole new range of options to consider

Unadvised retirees who are now able to dip into their pension are having to return to work to cope with juggling their finances, according to a new report[1]. Pension freedoms have given individuals control over how to spend their retirement savings, but a number of unintended consequences have emerged. Since rules governing how pensions can be taken were dramatically relaxed in 2015, more than a million over-55s have gone on a freedom-fuelled spending spree.

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Pension Drawdown tax planning

Taxing times ahead

 

Don’t be penalised by the tax system when you exercise your freedoms

The ‘pension freedom’ reforms of 2015 were welcomed by consumers, as they vastly widened options available to most savers at retirement. Pension freedoms allow savers to have the flexibility on how and when to spend their money without being penalised by the tax system, but it is worrying that some individuals plan to withdraw more than the tax-free lump sum limit.

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