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What is a good retirement income?

Knowing what looks like a good retirement income is one of those tricky retirement planning questions you'll need to answer. If your retirement is a long way off it can...
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Can you cash in a defined benefit pension?

If you want to cash in a defined benefit pension, there is a lot that you need to keep in mind. While you might be able to transfer out of...
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11 Factors to Consider before you transfer your final salary pension

Over £80million has been transferred out of Final Salary pension schemes since the biggest changes to pension rules for a decade were brought into force in the UK in 2015....
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How to start planning for retirement (UK)

Contrary to belief, retirement doesn’t have to be hard; in fact, with the right planning and approach, it can be an exciting experience. However, it is often oversimplified. Retirement planning...
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What happens to your pension when you die

If you have a defined contribution pension, your pension can be passed on to any named beneficiary free of inheritance tax when you die. Ultimately what happens to your pension...
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5 Of The Best Pension Lump Sum Tax Calculators

If you’re planning on taking a lump sum from your pension, it is important to understand the tax implications of doing so, especially if you’re accessing your pension at 55...
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How can I avoid paying tax on my pension UK?

Let’s face it: no one enjoys paying tax. Fortunately, there are several legitimate ways to avoid paying tax on your pension (without stepping into tax avoidance territory).  Ultimately, these come...
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How Much Do I Need to Retire at 60 in the UK?

Slow, lazy mornings, sun-filled afternoons with your loved ones and an endless bucket list… Sounds pretty sublime, right? And now that you can access your pension from the age of...
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Should I Transfer My Final Salary Pension to a SIPP?

If you’re considering a final salary pension transfer, it’s important to understand the benefits, the risks and everything in between before you make that all-important decision. For the overall majority...
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How much can i drawdown from my pension pot?

So, you’re considering drawing down from your pension pot, but you aren’t sure how much you can (and should!) take? It’s important to understand the rules around pension drawdown as...
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Can I cash in a drawdown pension?

You’re about to turn 55. On your right is a teetering tower of mortgage repayments, debt and “oh but can’t we just run away to the Maldives?”, and on the...
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Why are Final Salary Pension Transfer Values so High?

There is an updated article on pension transfer values here: Why are pension transfer values falling? The last decade has seen huge numbers of people transfer out of their Final...
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