Maybe you have a workplace pension, or your own personal pension, but are you putting aside enough to reach your retirement goals? Will you have enough for that permanent vacation in the future?! Will you be able to choose when to stop, or slow down, in your working life? If this is something, you have asked yourself – or maybe never thought of before, this is a question we can help you answer.
You may even be self-employed and wanting to setup a pension for the first time but do not know where to begin. This may feel daunting – so let us help you put a bespoke life plan in order to aim to achieve sustainability of income in your later years.
Once we look into your current pensions and investments, and reassess, you never know, you could even look to retire earlier than your current projections.
One big viewpoint to think about pensions is tax planning – You could reduce your level of income tax by investing into a pension. If you want the unabridged version you need to click here.
If you are looking to retire or looking to decrease your working hours, it is very important that finances are allocated accordingly. At LFM we will advise you on the range of pension schemes available that can provide income and are best suited to your personal circumstances. We consider those providers that are performing well, and importantly those that offer an above average level of service, as well as considering cost. We want to ensure you have the best possible chance to obtaining a steady, sustainable income, to help you continue or even improve on your lifestyle.
You may well have read about ‘Flexible Access (Income) Drawdown Pensions’ – The key is flexibility in order to match your possible variable income requirements. It can also help from not only an income tax planning point of view, but also to reduce your Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability.
We will assess your portfolio and fully discuss your retirement options so that you understand all the benefits and implications.
Tax-Free Lump Sum
You may have reached the age where you can access your personal pension and you are looking to take your tax-free lump sum of up to 25% of your overall pension. You may want to take a regular income along with this – or not and still continue working. It is your choice but we can help you with those choices to ensure they are the most beneficial to you and your needs.
It is pertinent for you to know what you are taking and the implications. We can help you make sure you are making the best decision by ensuring you understand what you are doing. Last thing you want is to take all your tax-free cash, with no reason bar you know it is something that can be done to end up just leaving all of it sat in an account, with it eroding away due to the impact of inflation!
Whilst an Annuity could seem like a thing of the past, and you no longer need to take one, but they can still be a useful tool as part of you retirement portfolio.
An Annuity is a financial product that gives you a guaranteed income for the rest of your life in exchange for you providing a lump-sum upon commencement.
An Annuity doesn’t need to be taken at the outset of your retirement, it can be bought at any point. With this, there is no golden answer to when is the right time to buy an Annuity or even is an Annuity value for money.
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