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Retirement Planning

About Retirement Planning

Pensions are, of course, designed to enable you to save sufficient money to live comfortably after you have retired. There are many different ‘tools’ used to save for retirement and the taxation and investment elements of pensions can appear baffling. We specialise in explaining, recommending and monitoring pensions for you. Below are the most common sources of pension to fund for your retirement.

The Basic State Pension:-

For people who have paid sufficient National Insurance contributions while at work or have been credited with enough contributions.


Additional State Pension:-

This is now the State Second Pension (S2P). Before 6 April 2002, it was known as SERPS (State Earnings Related Pension Scheme). From 6 April 2002, S2P was reformed to provide a more generous additional State Pension for low and moderate earners, carers and people with a long term illness or disability and is based upon earnings on which standard rate Class 1 National Insurance contributions are paid or treated as having been paid. Additional State Pension is not available in respect of self employed income.


An Occupational Pension (through an employer pension scheme)

If your employer operates a pension scheme, it’s usually a good idea to find out about the benefits of the scheme.

A Personal Pensions Scheme (including Stakeholder schemes)

Open to everyone and especially useful if you are self-employed or your employer doesn’t run a company scheme.

State Pensions may not produce the same level of income that you will have been accustomed to whilst working and the State Pension Age is increasing. You can contact The Pension Service for a prediction of your state pension and it will confirm how many years you have paid towards the State Pension and whether you will receive the full State Pension or not.

It is important to start thinking early about how best to build up an additional retirement fund. You’re never too young to start a pension – the longer you leave it the more you will have to pay in to build up a sufficient fund for retirement.

Please see the related documents for more information on Pensions and Retirement Planning.

Advanced Pensions & SIPP’s   Company Pensions    Personal & Stakeholder Pensions

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