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Time To Kickstart Your Retirement Plans?

How to get your retirement plans in motion

Retirement signifies a well-deserved achievement, a significant turning point in life. It should be a period of anticipation and joy, an opportunity to indulge in activities that bring happiness and contentment. Currently, retirement is marked by increased flexibility in accessing your pension savings. While this offers many choices, it also gives rise to numerous queries.

Retirement planning, accompanied by crucial decision-making and understanding various options, might seem daunting, especially with the escalating cost of living affecting several financial plans. This is where the value of professional retirement advice comes into play. We can help you simplify major decisions by clarifying your options, instilling confidence in your choices, and ensuring they are beneficial and tax-efficient.

Retirement lifestyle

With the UK witnessing record-breaking inflation in food and fuel prices, the rising cost of living undoubtedly influences our financial plans. If retirement is on the horizon, apprehension about increasing inflation, interest rates, and the potential impact of the cost of living crisis on your retirement lifestyle is quite natural.

We can guide you in such circumstances and assist in determining an achievable retirement date based on your total income and expenses. When you include all your potential income sources, not merely your pension savings, you might discover the possibility of retiring earlier than anticipated or gradually reducing work hours before fully retiring. Even if immediate retirement is outside your agenda, we can help you understand when you can afford to retire.

Income sources

We’ll work with you to analyse all your income sources to estimate your possible annual income post-retirement while ensuring you have sufficient funds for as long as you need. Income sources will likely include pensions, your entitlement to a state pension, and any savings or investments like Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs). Rental income from a buy-to-let property may also be an option, in addition to any equity in your home that you’re willing to release, either through downsizing or equity release.

As your retirement may last 30 to 40 years, ensuring your income lasts throughout this period is crucial. As we’ve witnessed over the previous few years, inflation rates have reached double-digit figures, so ensuring your money is working hard for you is more important than ever.

Beat inflation

Investing a portion of your money during retirement also offers growth and an opportunity to beat inflation. This is where our professional advice is essential, helping to ensure your money is invested wisely and that your investments align with your retirement plans. However, remember that investments can fluctuate in value, and you may get back less than you initially invested.

Overpaying taxes in retirement is another common pitfall. For instance, if you withdraw more from your pension savings than necessary, you could pay more tax than required. We can guide you through this, ensuring you draw your retirement income in the most tax-efficient way. However, bear in mind that tax laws and legislation can change. Your circumstances, including your location within the UK, will significantly impact your tax treatment.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE TAX OR LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS SUCH.

A PENSION IS A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT NOT NORMALLY ACCESSIBLE UNTIL AGE 55 (57 FROM APRIL 2028 UNLESS THE PLAN HAS A PROTECTED PENSION AGE).

THE VALUE OF YOUR INVESTMENTS (AND ANY INCOME FROM THEM) CAN GO DOWN AS WELL AS UP, WHICH WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE LEVEL OF PENSION BENEFITS AVAILABLE.

YOUR PENSION INCOME COULD ALSO BE AFFECTED BY THE INTEREST RATES AT THE TIME YOU TAKE YOUR BENEFITS.

Adam Reeves

Author: Adam Reeves

DipPFS Cert CII (MP&ER)
Independent Financial Planner, Wealth Manager, Director

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Unfortunately I had to claim on my critical illness insurance due to my wife being ill and because of the sound advice Adam gave in acquiring this insurance we ended up being financially safe through a tough time.

Steve - Kent

Adam did a review of our financial situation, confirmed that Flexible Drawdown best suited our needs as a family, and then did all the research into the best product for us. He will continue to monitor it for me. He acted extremely promptly because we had a deadline for requiring the lump sum; went out of his way arranging meetings during non-office hours, was professional yet friendly and explained a difficult subject very well.

Clare – East Sussex

Adam did a thorough review of my pension policies, clearly explained how well they had performed, how flexible they were, how the market regulation has changed, and, crucially, what the tax implications would be if I were to leave them untouched. He accurately assessed my attitude to risk and recommended an up-to-date solution that will offer me the greatest flexibility at retirement.

Greg – East Sussex

Adam was quick to assess & understand my situation, and was able to discuss & communicate in a very concise and simple way the various options available to me, taking time for me to understand and clarify where necessary. My understanding & knowledge of taxation & pensions has increased significantly allowing me to feel much happier making financial decisions for the future.

Rob – West Sussex

Adam and his team undertook in-depth research into our existing QROPS schemes and clearly set out both pros and cons of transferring the funds back to the UK. Having decided to go ahead with the transfer, Adam and his team worked extremely hard to facilitate the transfer. The QROPS pension trustees were not always the most professional or responsive organisation – however we were very grateful for the perseverance and commitment that Adam showed us as clients.

Jonathan – East Sussex

Adam offered a range of financial products , the one he suggested was affordable and proved to be a good choice.  Returns on investments have exceeded my expectations, based on Adam’s advice and guidance. Profits have enabled house improvements to take place.

David - Surrey

Adam arranged an appointment very timely, he explained his role and qualifications as an IFA giving me reassurance , we went through my retirement and investment goals. Adam discussed my options explaining in great detail, I felt relaxed during our discussions allowing me to fully understand my choices. I feel very confident in the financial advice allowing me to enjoy my retirement.

I was very happy with Adam’s recommendations and explanations of financial products which would suit my retirement goals, I feel this has helped me review and reduce my financial risk as I reach retirement, leaving me feeling confident that I can enjoy my retirement plans.

Ron – West Sussex

After initial meeting Adam put together a very detailed and thorough written plan. At our second meeting he went through the whole booklet and explained everything in layman’s terms which made it a lot easier to understand.

I am very happy with everything that was suggested and put in place especially with something as big and important as pensions. Adam and his team have taken a huge weight off my shoulders and I would highly recommend their services to anyone needing help with their financial planning and pension.  Adam couldn’t have been more helpful, and even came outside his normal area to meet me on a number of occasions.

Richard - Kent
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