Pension Freedoms

Published: May 31st, 2022

You work, you save and then you retire

A full and happy retirement is a priority for many. But no two people are alike. A ’one-size-fits-all’ system cannot accurately account for everyone’s individual lifestyle choices, so it makes sense that the way you prepare for your future is likely to be different from others.

On the surface, retirement planning hasn’t changed all that much over the years. You work, you save and then you retire. But while the mechanics may be the same, today’s savers are facing some challenges that previous generations didn’t have to worry about.

Golden Years

First of all, life expectancy is longer, which means you’ll need your money to last longer. This is compounded by the fact that more companies are moving away from defined benefit pensions – which guaranteed you a certain amount of money in your golden years – to defined contribution plans, which are more subject to market ups and downs. So, how can you have the retirement you’ve always wanted? Retirement is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop living. Your retirement should be a time for enjoying your life and the things you most enjoy doing.

Working Lives

However, some people are unprepared for retirement due to high debt levels at the end of their working lives or because they were not saving enough during their careers. Sometimes, people are forced into retirement through circumstances outside of their control. Some people might choose to live off their savings entirely, while others may choose to supplement their income with rental properties. Still others might prefer to have a mix of sources for retirement incomes.

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