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My income options at retirement
How long will your money last? Can you maintain your current lifestyle? Should you take a lump sum? Should you buy an annuity? Do you stay invested and draw an income? Will your retirement income be taxed?
There are many questions to consider when it comes to taking your retirement income and a key one is deciding where that income is going to come from, and in what order it’s taken. If you’ve had more than a passing interest in your finances over the years, your tax-efficient pension is probably where most people think retirement income starts. But, if we want to maximise the efficiency of our income and enjoy as comfortable a retirement as possible, it’s not necessarily the first place we should turn to. Instead, we should be thinking of all our savings and investments collectively and getting advice on the most effective income strategy. Because, with the right planning it’s possible to enjoy a very comfortable level of income in retirement that significantly reduces, or possibly even eliminates, income tax charges.
The three top objectives in retirement were peace of mind, not running out of money, and having enough money to leave behind to children. And the biggest financial regret? Not starting a pension sooner.
* Interactive Investor’s Great British Retirement survey, October 2019
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