When you decide it’s time to retire, you open up a world of new opportunities. Careful financial planning can make sure you have financial security throughout later life, and help you make the most of the money you’ve worked hard to save.
When Andrew first contacted me, he’d already retired from his career as a vet a few years ago. Using information from articles in newspapers and magazines, he had been managing his own finances, including an investment portfolio. However, it was taking up a lot of time and he was concerned about inheritance tax.
Andrew wanted professional advice so he could put everything in order and enjoy his retirement. He had already booked a six-month world cruise and intended to travel as much as possible afterwards.
At the same time, he wanted to build a relationship with an adviser he could trust and introduce to his two sons, Daniel and Adam, which would make things easier for them after he dies.
During our first meeting, we went through his savings and investments together. He told me how much he’d like to receive as an annual income and that he also wanted to leave money to Daniel and Adam tax efficiently.
Andrew was planning to take an income from his pension, leave his ISAs untouched, and use his cash savings for anything unexpected.
After carrying out a cash flow modelling exercise, I suggested he consider leaving his pension untouched and use his ISA portfolio to fund his retirement.
The main reason is that his pension should be free from inheritance tax if he leaves it to his sons. At the same time, if he uses his ISA portfolio as the main source of income, he’ll reduce the potential liability on the rest of his estate.
I met both of them and advised how they could invest the money.
I also put together an investment portfolio for Andrew’s pension and ISA to match his situation and needs, which we now manage on his behalf so he can enjoy his travels in retirement.
Please note the client names in this story have been changed
"My favourite part of my role is helping clients make the most of (and enjoy) the money they’ve worked hard to save."
Alex joined Charles Stanley as Director of Financial Planning in 2019. Prior to joining Alex has 23 years’ experience advising high net worth clients, including lottery winners. She is a pension transfer specialist and provides advice on pre-retirement and at retirement solutions.
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