De-risking pension savings

Protecting assets from market volatility in the lead-up to retirement

For many individuals, their pension investments are allocated to funds. These could be funds selected by their pension provider or ones they’ve chosen independently. Traditionally, retirement planning has centred around investing in shares-based funds during one’s younger years. As retirement approaches, the strategy typically shifts to de-risking the portfolio, diversifying into bonds, cash and shares.

Postponing retirement

Financial stability is the primary motivation for many to continue working

Recent studies indicate that approximately half (49%) of non-retired Britons plan to extend their working lives beyond the age at which they’ll receive their State Pension[1], equivalent to approximately 19.2 million individuals[2].

When you retire, the investment dynamics change

Investing after retirement is quite distinct from accumulating wealth during your working years

After a lifetime of hard work, you’ve successfully built a substantial and comfortable retirement account. Congratulations are in order. You’ve officially entered the golden years of retirement! Now, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labour, provided you’ve laid the groundwork for a well-prepared retirement. But investing after retirement is quite distinct from accumulating wealth during your working years.

Living to the ripe old age of 100

Life expectancy significantly influences the size of the pension pot you will need

Living to the ripe old age of 100 could require an additional £260,000 in pension wealth to ensure a comfortable retirement, compared to someone living until the current average life expectancy, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS)[1].

Time to kickstart your retirement plans?

How to get your retirement plans in motion

Retirement signifies a well-deserved achievement, a significant turning point in life. It should be a period of anticipation and joy, an opportunity to indulge in activities that bring happiness and contentment. Currently, retirement is marked by increased flexibility in accessing your pension savings. While this offers many choices, it also gives rise to numerous queries.

National Insurance Contributions (NICs)

Significant reforms and rates cut for millions of workers

National Insurance is a cornerstone of the welfare and benefits system. As a citizen, your contributions will likely play a significant role in funding state provisions such as pensions, maternity leave, and bereavement support. If you’re over 16, under the state pension age, and either employed or self-employed, chances are you’re making National Insurance Contributions (NICs).

Changes to the State Pension

‘Triple Lock’ to increase by 8.5% from 6 April 2024

The State Pension is set to increase commencing on 6 April 2024 due to a mechanism known as the ‘Triple Lock’. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced an increase of 8.5%, which pensioners will welcome.

Time to SIPP into financial freedom?

‘I want to take charge of my retirement savings’

A Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) is more than just a pension. It’s a gateway to financial freedom, offering you an unparalleled level of control. With a SIPP, you are at the helm of your investment decisions, determining how your money is invested and your pension pot grows. Whether you make regular contributions or occasional lump-sum deposits, even a modest start can significantly impact your retirement nest egg.

Tax-saving measures

What actions to review before the 2023/24 year-end?

Have you recently evaluated your personal tax situation? Is your tax structure optimised for efficiency? As we approach the end of the tax year on April 5, 2024, it presents an ideal opportunity to assess and leverage the various allowances and reliefs available to enhance your tax profile. Allocating time for this review can provide valuable insight into potential opportunities for you and your family.