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Planning for your retirement

Getting ready to slow things down

One of the critical aspects of retirement planning is how you structure your financial
affairs to make sure you have sufficient money if and when you stop working.

Making sure you have enough money in retirement to enable you to spend your time the way you want to, doing those things you always intended to do, is likely to be at the heart of planning for your retirement.

Too complicated to think about

People surveyed for BlackRock’s Investor Pulse survey stated that their biggest financial priority was ‘funding a comfortable retirement’. Yet many people spend more time planning their holiday than their own retirement – perhaps because planning for retirement seems too complicated to think about?

Don’t know where to start

We are all living longer, the State Pension Age is increasing and pensions legislation is ever-changing. Understandably, we want an active, comfortable retirement but often don’t know where to start the savings process. If confusion and a lack of understanding around your retirement needs have led you to put off planning and saving anything, you’re not alone. In fact, over half of people in the UK are in the same position.

You can start now though. Planning will help you think about the changes you could make and enable you to take steps towards securing a better future.

Step 1 – Target

Know what you need – set yourself a target.
The closer you are to retirement, the more likely you are to know how much income you will need to cover your outgoings. If you have longer to go until retirement, it is still good to have an idea of what you are aiming for – and you can review this each year as you get closer.

Step 2 – Plan

Know what you already have.
The second step is simple – understanding what you have already saved. Knowing what you already have will help you to understand how far you are towards your retirement target. If you have a lot of different pensions, it may be worth considering bringing those all together into one account if appropriate.

Step 3 – Action

What you need to think about.
- Are you paying in the right amount?
- Are you invested in the right kind of fund?
- When can you realistically retire?

Don’t put off planning for retirement. By following these simple steps and reviewing your retirement plan at least once a year you are planning for a better future.

A PENSION IS A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT. THE FUND VALUE MAY FLUCTUATE AND CAN GO DOWN, WHICH WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE LEVEL OF PENSION BENEFITS AVAILABLE.

PENSIONS ARE NOT NORMALLY ACCESSIBLE UNTIL AGE 55. YOUR PENSION INCOME COULD ALSO BE AFFECTED BY INTEREST RATES AT THE TIME YOU TAKE YOUR BENEFITS. THE TAX IMPLICATIONS OF PENSION WITHDRAWALS WILL BE BASED ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, TAX LEGISLATION AND REGULATION, WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN THE FUTURE.

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