Retirement is one of the most important moments in most people’s lives. It should also be one of the happiest. However, before getting there, there is a minefield of decisions to take and we believe it is best to do this with the assistance of a qualified professional who is experienced in the issues and pitfalls.
Some of the things to consider when planning for retirement are:
An option that many people haven't heard of is called income drawdown. This should be at least considered by all but the most cautious investors with, say, more than £100,000 in their pension pot at retirement. This allows their pension funds to remain invested and to draw a pension that can vary between limits defined by the government. Potential advantages of this arrangement are:
A recent budget announcement indicates that withdrawals from drawdown schemes could be unlimited from 2015, subject of course to income tax.
There are also "third-way" retirement options which act like income drawdown but would underpin the arrangement with certain guarantees that your capital and/or your income would not reduce, whilst allowing you to take advantage of any growth in the investments. This type of pension is very popular in the USA and Japan and we have seen this form of retirement planning grow in the UK in recent years.
It is all too easy to end up with a retirement arrangement that is less than the best simply by not being aware of the options available and how to avoid the pitfalls. It is vital to consult a capable independent financial adviser at the point of retirement. The Abbott Clarke Partnership has Chartered Firm status, the highest designation given by the Chartered Insurance Institute to financial adviser companies. We can guide you through these options to develop the most appropriate, tax-effective solution.
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