Am I saving enough for retirement?

Everyone has different needs and expectations so it can be tricky to know how much you should save for retirement. But thinking about what you’ll need and how you can reach those goals can help you feel confidence in what the future brings.

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Things to consider when saving for retirement

From pensions to investments and tax, there’s lots to think about so here are some tips to help you set some priorities.

1. Think about what sort of retirement you want

An ideal place to start is by understanding the lifestyle you’ll want and the things you’ll want to enjoy when you retire. How much would it cost and where would you find the money?

2. Understand your pension options

Pension income can come from different sources. From the state pension to personal and workplace pensions, each can play a role in funding your retirement income.

3. Get an idea of when you want to retire

The younger you are the more chance you have of building the savings you need. But the later you leave it the more you have to set aside.

4. Consider investing for retirement

Cash loses its value over time as inflation reduces what you can afford to buy. Investing involves more risks but can beat inflation over the longer term helping you reach your retirement target faster.

5. Find out which tax reliefs and allowances are available

Tax efficiency makes your money work as hard as it can towards your future. Pensions are the most tax efficient way to save but come with restrictions. ISAs are less tax efficient but all withdrawals are tax free.

6. Consider retirement advice

Retirement planning can be complex and these tips are just a starting point. Talking to a professional can give you peace of mind that you’re on the right track.

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Use our pension contribution calculator to understand how much money you’ll have for your retirement. Speak to our planners to explore how we can help you secure the lifestyle you want.

When to consider retirement planning advice

Whether retirement feels like a long way off or just a few years away, our experts can help you create a financial plan that provides flexibility and security for when you retire.

You want to know when you can retire and how much you’ll need

Retirement planning with an expert helps you understand how much money you have now and how much you’ll need before you can stop working or take a step back. This involves looking at all your current savings, pension schemes and investments all together.

You have several pension funds and other accounts

It's common to accumulate multiple pension pots over time, so combining these can make things easier to stay on top of. We can help you do this, factoring in other savings and investments you may already have.

You don’t want to pay too much tax

We’ll help you understand how you can take advantage of all your tax-free savings and investment allowances – as well as tax thresholds. This can make a big difference to the total amount you’ll have to draw upon in retirement.

You want to learn how to invest for retirement

Our experts can help you understand how to invest and generate a sustainable income without taking too much risk, which could leave your plans vulnerable to fluctuating financial markets.

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