• SMBA member Martin Hood of Platinum IFS is the go to for all finance news, from pensions to savings & investments. Platinum have been offering independent financial advice to individuals and businesses for nearly 20 years. Here we share their latest post on future prospects for retirees and their pensions.
  • New research has shown that one in three retirees will have to rely on the state pension.
  • The Financial Conduct Authority recently carried out research1 into the financial arrangements of just under 13,000 consumers in the UK. The results make for worrying reading. One of the findings that really stands out is that 31% of UK adults have no private pension provision, meaning they may have to rely solely on their state pension in retirement.
  • The report highlights that many people find pensions very confusing and have no idea what they will have to live on when they retire. The full state pension is currently £159.55 per week, but is only available to those who have a complete record of National Insurance contributions. The study also revealed that only 35% of 45 to 54-year-olds have given serious thought to how they will manage in retirement. The sad fact is that the longer people leave it before addressing their pension needs, the harder it is to achieve a reasonable level of income in retirement.
  •   Putting pensions into perspective
  • Pensions auto-enrolment has been a very positive initiative that has resulted in far more young people paying into a pension than ever before. However, if workers only put in the minimum amount, this is unlikely to be enough to build up a sizeable pension.
  • The self-employed often regard their business as their pension, or say that they plan to keep working as long as possible. However, this is a high-risk strategy, as they might not find a buyer when they want to sell, or may find that ill-health prevents them soldiering on.
  • So, if you’re self-employed, an employee, work part-time, run your own business or have accumulated pension pots with past employers, we can offer you advice about saving for a pension. After all, retirement should be an enjoyable and fulfilling stage of life, not a time spent worrying about money.
  • Pensions don’t have to be confusing – at Platinum we take the pressure off and don’t bombard you with unnecessary jargon or terminology but we guide you through the process. Call us now on 0161 718 8328 to arrange an initial meeting.
  • 1FCA, Financial Lives Survey, Oct 2017
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