Thursday 24th May 2018
Research shows that those nearing pension age are unlikely to be seeking financial advice or comparing different providers and could be missing out on the best rates on their retirement income as a result.
The research from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reports that over half (58%) of people who put their pension into Flexi-Access Drawdown do not compare different providers and options before doing so. Instead, they continue to use the same provider they did to save for retirement. A similar number (57%) of Annuities are purchased by people from their existing pension provider, without shopping around or taking advice.
Half of those who have accessed money from their pension say they did so without taking financial advice. The reasons given for this include:
The increase in confidence surrounding pension decisions is usually a good thing. But, if that confidence is unfounded and results in mistakes being made, it could lead to financial instability in later life.
The report also shows that many pensioners are failing to think practically before taking money out of their pensions. 25% are not even sure what method, for example purchasing an Annuity or Flexi-Access Drawdown they have used to access their cash. Furthermore, of those who don’t know whether they have a drawdown or guaranteed income arrangement, just:
Such low understanding of retirement income could result in many issues, including:
So, how can you take charge and make sure that you are clued up before accessing your pension?
A financial adviser or planner will be able to work with you to create a financial strategy which enables shopping around. They can also offer guidance as to what to look for when comparing providers. This will make sure that you get the best deal available to you.
Alternatively, by talking to the right financial adviser or planner, you may find that you can kill two birds with one stone and plan your future, whilst letting a professional find the most suitable arrangements, products and providers for you.
For more information about retirement planning and making sure your money supports you in achieving your ideal lifestyle, feel free to get in touch with us.