In today’s unpredictable world, making sure your retirement income matches your lifestyle plans is of paramount importance. From 1970 to the present day, the average lifespan in the UK has increased nearly ten years, to just under 81 years of age. With improved health care, people are also more physically active in their senior years than they were 50 years ago. Having worked hard for 50 plus years, it makes good sense to analyse your financial planning to ensure your pension income can provide for everything you’ve promised yourself. After all, age is but a number. Here are seven ideas worth considering to help make your pension more secure.
A self-invested personal pension (or a SIPP for ease) is a scheme that takes full advantage of the new pension freedoms in the UK. It’s a scheme that provides flexibility in regards to what you can do with your investments, and as such, is a great option for those who don’t want to succumb to the rigidity of traditional scenes that limit you to buying a fixed income with your pension pot.
1. SIPPs are incredibly tax-efficient
When investing through a company pension scheme, your contributions are made prior to your income being taxed. However, with a SIPP your contributions will be made after your income has been taxed. The SIPP provider will automatically claim the basic rate of 20% and add it to your pension pot. This means that if you contribute £80 into your SIPP, a total of £100 will be invested.
Here, we review Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes, a flexible type of retirement savings plan that offers advantages to British expats. If you are a pension investor based in mainland Europe, especially Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, and France, read on to discover the benefits that an overseas pension could provide.