Retirement & Pension Planning Case Study
Mark and Sally came to us to discuss their pensions. In total they had 5 pensions between them that they had accumulated over previous and current employments. Despite the lengthy documents and statements they received each year from their providers, Mark and Sally didn’t really understand what they meant and if they were fit for purpose. In short they just brought in a large folder of documents and said’ we have no idea what all of this means, can you help?’
Our first step was to put their sizeable pension folder to one side and discuss what ‘fit for purpose’ actually meant. The start of any retirement plan is to identify what the end result should be so we ask questions like WHEN did they want to retire, WHAT did they want to do in retirement and HOW MUCH will this cost per year?
Once we have these important questions answered we can then start to look at what they have in place already and how this contributes to their goals.
With Mark and Sally we established that they needed approximately £25,000 per year in retirement to maintain the standard of living they have now but their pensions were only forecasting an income of £18,000 per year. They had a shortfall that needed addressing.
We also established that some of the investments within the pension funds were taking a high level of risk that didn’t match the attitude to risk thattheir psychometric risk profiles produced. We therefore discussed the options available to Mark and Sally including –
- Retiring later
- Paying more spare monies into pensions now
- Establishing ways they could reduce wasted expenditure both now and in retirement
- Attempting to reduce the charges on their pension funds to increase returns
- Looking at maximising returns within their pensions based on the risk they were comfortable taking. This also involved analysing poor performing funds and amending the portfolio’s
- Other options such as working part time for a few extra years to minimise the shortfall
After a couple of meetings we managed to put a suitable strategy in place for Mark and Sally to enable them to retire on time and on target.
The main benefits of this work for Mark and Sally was that they knew where they stood in today’s terms (and in understandable language). We helped them to learn what ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ issues with their pension plans were and what was required to help them achieve the objective they had in their minds.
Mark and Sally accepted our recommendations and are now on track to achieve their retirement goals. Importantly, they are also on our retirement planning service and so their strategy will be reviewed each year to monitor their progress and to make sure that any changes in their life, their fund performance or in legislation can be adapted as and when needed.
For a free initial consultation from one of our retirement & pension planning advisers email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01302 880140.
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