Pensions – Planning or ready for retirement?

Improve your pension today


There are several different paths you can take to provide yourself with an income when you finish working. Pension savers now have 100% access to their pension fund, giving you more options than ever before with your retirement income. Here are some of the options you have:

Dip into it


You can now take up to 25% free from tax when you turn 55.

Re-invest it


Invest in funds for growth, selected by professionals.

Consolidate


Easily manage all of your schemes under one login.

Take an Income


Receive a weekly, monthly or annual salary from your pension.

Options for all ages

Whether you don't currently have a private pension or you have already retired, we can assess and advice on the whole of the market to optimize your position.

Saving Towards Retirement


Setting aside a little bit every month early on could help you have a more comfortable retirement. As the state pension age rises, chances are, the younger you are the longer you’ll work. Saving for a personal pension from a younger age could mean that you can chose to retire earlier, and with our diversified portfolios you could benefit from investment growth through the years on your pension fund.

Taking a Pension Income


Taking an annuity is no longer compulsory; now you are free to decide what you want to do with your retirement money. When retirement is just around the corner, it can be confusing to decide what to do with your pension fund. It used to be that upon reaching the age of 75, you had to buy an annuity with your pension – this is no longer the case, now you are free to decide what you want to do with your retirement money.
If you have an existing policy with any of the providers above, we can compare the quality of service you are receiving, looking at cost, performance and overall effectiveness, to see if our own offering completes.

All types of policy

By researching the whole of the market for you, we can help determine the best approach for your circumstances to make sure you can enjoy your retirement to the full. If you don't think your type of policy is listed below, feel free to contact us to check we can make a recommendation.

Personal Pensions

From the age of 55 you have full access to your pension pot. We can map your risk to your goals to help you reach your required level of income in retirement. Here are just some of the policy types we can advice on:
  • Personal Pensions
  • Money Purchase Plans
  • Stakeholder Pensions
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Group Pensions

Many people find themselves with several pensions from various employments. You can save yourself a lot of time and money by have these consolidated into one flexible pension pot. We can help with the following:
  • Workplace Pensions
  • Auto-enrollment
  • Final-Salary Schemes
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Pension FAQ's

Typically pensions are one of the more complex types of policy. While the information on this page should be taken as a general guide to the possiblities of your pension, we recommend speaking to an adviser to be sure of what rules are applicable to you.

 
1Do I need a personal pension?
You need your own pension because the state allowances paid by the government aren't that generous and often result in a significant drop in income.The flat rate state pension for a single person is £159.55 a week. However, the amount you will actually receive is dependent on your National Insurance record. Some people could get more and others could get less.With a private pension you can help cover the shortfall, and ultimately aim to improve or at the least maintain your quality of living in retirement.
2What fund will my pension be invested in?
As financial advisers we manage several portfolios of funds, with options for every budget. Before setting the policy up for you we will provide you with our recommendations, including a fund selection. Our portfolios are made up of UK and global equities, to diversify your investments and spread the risk.
3What happens when I die?
When you die, any unused pension pots normally fall outside of your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes and can be passed on to any nominated beneficiary. The Income Tax rules for accessing it are set out below:
  • If you die age 75 or over:
    When the money is taken out (lump sum or income) it will be added to the beneficiary’s income and taxed at the appropriate Income Tax rate(s).
    • If you die before age 75:
      Your pension pot will pass tax-free to your nominated beneficiary provided the money is paid within two years of notifying the provider of your death. If it is paid after two years, the money will be added to the beneficiary's other income and taxed at the appropriate rate.
4How many pensions can I have?
You can have as many personal pensions as you like provided that added together all your payments do not exceed your annual or lifetime limits.Contributions to a workplace pension can only be made whilst you are an employee. You could actually have many different former ones operating at the same time that you are no longer making payments / contributions to, but they may still be invested and hopefully growing for you. (This would be if you had left previous jobs and not transferred your occupational pension fund).We often help clients by consolidating these individual pensions into a single pension pot, for easier management, but every pension is different.
 
If you have an existing pension, we can compare the quality of service you are receiving, looking at cost, performance and overall effectiveness, whilst advising on the steps you should take to further optimise your pension pot when you come to retire.

We will happily provide you with a free no obligation comparison of any existing policies you have!