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Posted on: 05 May, 16

Shaping your retirement plans to best meet your individual needs and circumstances

Welcome to our Guide to Retirement Planning. Pension freedoms have transformed the pension landscape, giving more choice than ever before in shaping retirement plans to best meet our individual needs and circumstances.

Once you’ve decided to start saving for retirement, you need to choose how to do so. Pensions have a number of important advantages that will make your savings grow more rapidly than might otherwise be the case. Following the biggest reforms to pensions in recent times, whilst the ability to unlock pension pots is attractive you also need to understand the tax implications of doing this and accept the risk of ensuring that the funds built up are managed effectively to ensure that they last for life, however long that may be, and don’t rely on the State Pension to keep you going in retirement. The maximum basic State Pension is £155.65 per week (effective from 6 April 2016).

What is a pension pot?

‘Pension pot’ can refer to any pension fund built up with pension contributions you and/or your employer make. You’ll have one if you have a ‘defined contribution’ pension which includes workplace, personal and stakeholder pension schemes.

If you’re planning to retire in the next couple of years – or to start drawing your pension so you can reduce your working hours – then you’ll be aware that there are some major choices to be made. In our Guide to Retirement Planning, we look at this complex area and what you need to think about.

Download the PDF to see the full document.

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