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January 2019
Pension consolidation
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January 2019
Managing your retirement savings in one place By the time we have been working for a decade or two, it is not uncommon to have accumulated multiple pension plans. There’s no wrong time to start thinking about pension consolidation, but you might find yourself thinking about it if you’re starting a new job or nearing retirement. Read full article
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January 2019
Turning pensions into money you can use
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January 2019
One of the most important decisions you will make for your future Under the pension freedoms rules introduced in April 2015, once you reach the age of 55, you can now take your entire pension pot as cash in one go if you wish. However, if you do this, you could end up with a large Income Tax bill and run out of money in retirement. It’s essential to obtain professional advice before you make any major decisions about how to access your pension pot. Read full article
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January 2019
Delaying taking your pension
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January 2019
Restrictions or charges for changing your retirement date You might be able to delay taking your pension until a later date if your scheme or provider permits this. If you want your pension pot to remain invested after the age of 75, you’ll need to check with your pension scheme or provider that they will allow this. If not, you might need to transfer to another scheme or provider who will. Read full article
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January 2019
Purchase an annuity
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January 2019
Choosing a taxable income for the rest of your life You can normally withdraw up to a quarter (25%) of your pot as a one-off tax-free lump sum, then convert the rest into a taxable income for life called an ‘annuity’. There are different lifetime annuity options and features to choose from that affect how much income you would get. You can also choose to provide an income for life for a dependent or other beneficiary after you die. Read full article
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January 2019
Flexible retirement income
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January 2019
Re-investing funds designed to provide you with a regular taxable income With this flexible retirement income option known as ‘flexi-access drawdown’, you can normally take up to 25% (a quarter) of your pension pot or of the amount you allocate for drawdown as a tax-free lump sum, then re-invest the rest into funds designed to provide you with a regular taxable income. You set the income you want, though this might be adjusted periodically depending on the performance of your investments. Unlike with a lifetime annuity, your income isn’t guaranteed for life – so you need to manage your investments carefully. Read full article
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January 2019
Small cash sums from your pot
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January 2019
Taking money from your pension as and when you need it You can use your existing pension pot to take cash as and when you need it and leave the rest untouched where it can continue to grow tax-free. For each cash withdrawal, normally the first 25% (quarter) is tax-free, and the rest counts as taxable income. There might be charges each time you make a cash withdrawal and/or limits on how many withdrawals you can make each year. Read full article
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January 2019
Cashing in your entire pension pot
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January 2019
Without very careful planning, you could run out of money and have nothing to live on You could close your pension pot and take the entire amount as cash in one go if you wish. Normally, the first 25% (quarter) will be tax-free, and the rest will be taxed at your highest tax rate by adding it to the rest of your income. Once you’ve taken all the money, your pension will close and you won’t be able to make any further payments into it. Read full article
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January 2019
Blending your retirement options
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January 2019
Balance of flexibility and security to suit your circumstances If you are looking for a balance of flexibility and security to suit your circumstances, you could consider blending your retirement options. You don’t have to choose one option when deciding how to access your pension pot – you could set up a combination of options to suit you. Read full article
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January 2019
Managing risk
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January 2019
Pensioners ‘in the dark’ over how to protect their pots if markets tumble Many retirees are at risk of overlooking their pension finances by falling into an avoidable trap, according to new research[1]. A third (36%) of people keeping their pension invested through retirement could be hit harder by falling markets, as they do not have a cash safety net to fall back on, research has found. And even though two thirds (64%) of retirees are holding cash in reserve, fewer than one in ten (8%) would think to use it if there was a ‘significant’ drop in the stock market. Read full article
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November 2018
Avoid the mad March rush
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November 2018
Get a head start on your tax planning resolutions Although the current tax year does not end until 5 April 2019, tax planning shouldn’t be a mad Read full article