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Pensions & retirement planning

With a wide range of pensions now available, we will help you identify the retirement income you need, understand how to use drawdowns tax-efficiently, how best to use your tax-free cash entitlement, and what happens to your retirement fund as your legacy.

A pension is a long-term investment. The fund value may fluctuate and can go down which would have an impact on the level of pension benefits available.

Pensions are an important financial asset

Plan early and make the most of your retirement.

It’s never too early to start a pension. Planning for your retirement is something that many people put off for years because it seems such a long way off, but the sooner you can start saving, the easier your retirement will be.

As life expectancy increases, you may just find that your pension has to fund anything up to forty years without employment income.

It’s essential you make provisions now to ensure you are looked after properly in your retirement.

There are a number of options when planning for retirement, so it pays to talk to a professional adviser to ensure you set off on the right path. We can clearly explain the options available and recommend the most suitable pension products to meet your needs and achieve your long-term goals.

Make sure your pension is working hard for you

When was the last time you checked how your pension is performing? If you don’t carry out regular reviews on the performance of your pension you could be losing out. You might even discover that your pension scheme is no longer able to provide you with the comfortable retirement you were looking forward to.

If you are currently contributing to a personal pension scheme or have previously contributed to either a personal pension or even a money purchase scheme offered by a previous employer, a pension review can be extremely worthwhile. One factor to look at when reviewing pensions are the charges involved. Charges on some “older style” plans are much higher than their modern equivalent, so having a pension review will reveal what effect these charges are having on your pension value.

Many people pay into pensions for years but have no idea how hard their money is working for them. Some clients aren’t even sure what type of products they have and the element of risk associated with them. We provide an impartial assessment of your pension products and advise you in jargon-free terms – exactly where you stand and how your pension is performing.

If we find your plan is meeting your current requirements and performing well, it may well be a case of staying as you are. However, if we feel you may benefit financially by transferring your pension to another provider, we’ll recommend a more suitable product, explain clearly the benefits and options, and help you make an informed decision.

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