Retirement increasingly means a multitude of different things to different people.

A ‘cliff-edge’ retirement, ceasing work completely and starting to draw on your pension, is still the way for many. Others choose a ‘glide path’ to that kind of retirement. Many opt to slow down but continue to work, or choose to work part time, in either the same or a different occupation.

With that in mind, the starting point for planning your retirement is to decide what retirement looks like for you and with the help of a financial adviser, calculate how much it will take to deliver that retirement. An adviser can help you determine how much you will need to invest over what time period to reach your target by the time you wish to start drawing down on your financial capital. Of course, this pathway to your target retirement fund will need regular review to take account of changing goals, actual investment performance and taxation changes… to name a few. We have put together a complete guide to ensuring that you make an informed decision and feel reassured that your goals are within reach.


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You need to keep track of all old schemes because although often referred to as ‘frozen’ you will remain invested, and you will be able to access them from the age of 55 (due to increase to 57 from 6 April 2028).


This guide will cover:

The importance of starting the process of investing for retirement as soon as possible.

Understanding what you will need, what you can save, and what you already have for retirement. Don’t forget that in retirement things don’t stop needing to be repaired or replaced!

Consider a wide range of savings vehicles for retirement- especially those with tax incentives, such as ISAs.

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