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Our expert wealth planners shared their advice on pension planning and preparing for retirement. Read our educational content here.

When should I start planning for retirement?

We consider the facts and figures, and provide some top tips to help you on your way to a comfortable retirement.

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Top pension tips if you're about to retire

For many people, a pension is their largest source of income in retirement. And traditionally, when you retire, your pension fund would immediately be used to provide a secured income for your lifetime. Although there has been some flexibility around this since the mid-1990s, the ‘Pension Freedoms’ announced in 2015 allowed even more choice but also more complexity.

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Why is it important for your pension and tax planning to check if you are putting too much into your lifetime pension?

There is a limit to how much you can save into your pension tax-free over your lifetime, known as the lifetime allowance (LTA). It’s been controversial because the government has steadily reduced the limit down from £1.8m in 2012. From this April 2019, the limit will be £1.055m.

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Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) and Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) explained
22 April 2020 in Retirement planning

Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) and Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) have always been a grey area for investors. Warned off by the “at your own peril” signs put up by the FCA, many people have been frightened off by the level of risk they would have to take, despite returns being pretty decent.

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The ideal time to review your financial planning arrangements

Has COVID-19 affected your financial plans? Our Head of UK Financial Planning, David Goodfellow explains why you should review them now.

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What to think about when reviewing your retirement plans

If you’re thinking, ‘But retirement is miles away’ or ‘I haven’t reviewed my pension for a while’ it may be time to consider your options. It’s never too early to start planning ahead or to review your existing pension arrangements.

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IMPORTANT: Investment involves risk. The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and you may not get back the amount originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.