How much do I need to retire?

How much money do I need to retire?

Of course, the answer to that question will depend on what you want to do when you stop work. Many believe they will be able to rely on the State Pension but worryingly only 53% knew that retirees receive £9,628 per year from their State Pension and this would be only a very basic standard of retirement living.

Unfortunately, many of us struggle to put enough into our pension pot during our working lives because the costs of buying a house, raising a family and covering day-to-day living expenses eat into disposable income.

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The earlier you start retirement planning, the better. However, with the demands of managing a busy working and personal life, this is something that can understandably be neglected. But it’s never too late to think about saving for retirement – even if you are planning to give up work in just a few years’ time, you will have options to add to your nest egg.

How to plan for retirement

People planning for retirement should think hard about what they want to do when they eventually stop work. It is helpful to have a good idea of the lifestyle you want, how much it will cost and how you are going to pay for it.

With so much going on in your life – from family and work to pursuing your passions – retirement planning may not have been your priority. But now you want to make sure your pension and overall financial situation will allow you to keep up your current lifestyle. The more enthusiastic you are about retiring, the more likely you are to develop a robust retirement plan.

When it comes to retirement planning, there are a lot of things to consider. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you have enough saved up to cover your costs. This includes things like living expenses, health and care costs, and any other debts or financial obligations you may have.

You also need to think about how you want to spend your retirement years. Do you want to travel? Spend time with family and friends? Pursue hobbies or interests?

Whatever you want to do, it’s important to have a plan in place so that you can make the most of your golden years.

Last but not least, don’t forget to factor in inflation when planning for your retirement. Over time, the cost of living will go up as we’ve seen recently, so you’ll need to make sure that your savings can keep pace with rising prices.

By planning ahead and taking all of these factors into consideration, you can look forward to a comfortable and enjoyable retirement.

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Retirement statistics

  • 53% do not know how much new retirees receive with a full State Pension
  • Only 34% of married people understand how to ensure their spouse will be left with enough pension if they die
  • 8 million people are planning a DIY approach to retirement and do not know how to avoid running out of money, avoiding a big tax bill or leaving an inheritance
  • 22% planning to retire in the next five years do not know about the product options at retirement
  • 35% of pension holders know nothing about how stock market falls can affect retirement savings
  • Only 39% of pension holders are planning on taking financial advice when they retire, with 31% planning to DIY their retirement

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Financial decision making

Obtaining advice compensates for the emotional biases people have when they make big financial decisions. A DIY approach to managing large pension funds at retirement is fraught with risk.

People can easily buy the wrong products, incur unnecessary tax bills or simply exhaust their retirement funds too quickly, whereas a Financial Advisor will provide an impartial, cool-headed approach to their client’s finances and offer solutions that the client will not even have considered.

Professional financial advice

Retirement planning can be complex, especially when you consider how much do you need to retire. It’s also important to start sooner rather than later.

Obtaining expert professional financial advice will ensure you are on track to meeting your goals. The sooner you start planning, the more likely you are to achieve a comfortable retirement, at an age you choose. Try our handy retirement age calculator to see how much you may need to save.

To find out more or to discuss your vision for your retirement, please book a free consultation.

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