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Riding the Ups and Downs of Drawdown

Riding the Ups and Downs of Drawdown

Poor stock market performance has hit investments hard over recent months. This can be a real problem if your pension is in a drawdown scheme. Find out how the market might affect your retirement income – and what you can do about it. When you retire…

Don’t Suffer a Pension Hangover

Don’t Suffer a Pension Hangover

You can now draw out your whole pension pot in one go – at least in theory. But, like drinking a whole bottle of champagne, what might sound fun can end up being a headache. If you don’t want a tax-induced hangover, it pays to know your limits. A pensio…

Annuities vs Drawdown – the Big Fight!

Annuities vs Drawdown – the Big Fight!

In the blue corner, the long-reigning champion of retirement planning: the annuity! In the red corner, the challenger for the pension freedom crown: drawdown! But which is better? There’s only one way to find out. Some people enjoy a flutter now and…

7 Reasons to Consider Trading in Your Final Salary Pension

7 Reasons to Consider Trading in Your Final Salary Pension

The world of pensions is ever-changing. Rules of thumb that many people took for granted may no longer apply. This could well apply to final salary pension schemes and some questions are now being asked about whether they remain the ‘gold-plated’ opt…

What Happens to the Money in Your Pension When You Die?

What Happens to the Money in Your Pension When You Die?

Many people have saved long and hard for their retirement using a pension to invest their money. It’s not only important to think about how your pension can best fund your own retirement, but also to think about how you could pass on your pension to your s…

Pack Your Retirement Parachute

Pack Your Retirement Parachute

What is it about pensioners and parachutes? We turn 55 and feel suddenly compelled to fling ourselves from high places strapped to an outsized duvet cover. But by a neat coincidence, skydiving can teach us a crucial lesson about retirement. Picture the sc…

Annuities Under the Microscope

Annuities Under the Microscope

Pension annuity rates have been falling for some time – and the Brexit vote sent them tumbling still further. Can an annuity still provide could value for you in retirement, or should you explore other options? We take you through some ‘what if?’ scenarios…

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