Nearly Half of All People Face an Uncertain Retirement
We have analysed recent data† on retirement planning and it leads us to some worrying conclusions. We strongly believe that people need more help when it comes to this area of their finances.
Changes introduced in April 2015 allow anyone over 55 to access their pension however they wish. Many commentators warned that a significant number of people would encash their entire pension pot as they were disillusioned with pensions and their perceived complexities.
The new pension freedoms are great but people need to take care and really think about their options and how this might affect their lifestyle. It’s equally important to plan for retirement early and not wait until you reach retirement age to start thinking about it.
Half the respondents in the survey on retirement said they weren’t able to afford a proper retirement plan and 35% said it was because they did not have the time or knowledge to create a plan. It’s not good that this affects so many people. Help and advice is out there from free sources like the Money Advice Service and Pension Wise as well as financial planning firms. We help people every day to get on track to a great retirement with a few simple steps.
Encouragingly, the survey reveals that for a third of people, generating a retirement income was their main financial priority but despite this 42%, of those in the 45-54 age group were concerned they did not have enough time left to generate adequate financial provision for retirement.
People retiring today can often expect to live for another 20 or 30 years in retirement so it’s never been more important to save and invest for your older age.
Some people think the State Pension will help them live the live they want when they retire, but when you crunch the numbers it soon becomes clear most people need to save a bit more. We help our clients to ‘know their number’ – how much money they need to ensure they never run out of money and can always have the lifestyle they want in their older age. Without knowing this, saving for retirement is often a hit and miss affair.
We encourage our clients to first think about the retirement lifestyle they want. We can then help cost this out and calculate a retirement fund required. Finally, we create a plan to achieve this target and tracks progress using sophisticated modelling tools. After this process is carried out, for some clients it isn’t a matter of saving more for retirement; it can be a case of telling them they can retire now and have everything they want.
Whether you go into the detail and accuracy we do for our clients or you sit down and work out a few numbers on a piece of paper, you really do need a retirement plan – a plan that you check up on and re-assess from time-to-time. Without knowing what you’re aiming for or how you’re doing, it’s hard to achieve what you want and retire happy.