What should I do to best help me in my retirement?

10 November 2021

Question by Lucy

I’d like to know how I go about gathering my private pension pots (c£250k) and putting them together in the best place for me. What should I do to best help me in my retirement?

Answered by Fraser Kerr

Thanks for your question Lucy hopefully I can help provide some information on the options available.

Firstly, it is important to have a thorough understanding of your current pensions. It could be that there are benefits to keeping them where they are as well as benefits to moving them. So, I would suggest you contact each provider and find out:

• The charges you are paying
• Any exit charges you would need to pay on transferring the plan away
• If the plan has any guarantees – for example, a guaranteed annuity rate or an investment guarantee

Carrying out this research helps you avoid losing out. It can get quite complicated though which is where an adviser can help.

Thinking about retirement more generally, a good place to start is to understand how much income you might need. As an indication, according to Retirement Living Standards (https://www.retirementlivingstandards.org.uk/), retired single people (outside London) typically spend:

• £10,200 a year for a Minimum lifestyle
• £20,200 a year for a Moderate lifestyle
• £33,000 a year for a Comfortable lifestyle

And then to find out what sort of income you could get from all your assets, spend five mins using our retirement calculator.

Answered by

Fraser Kerr

Financial Planner & Regional Director

I’m a Regional Director with abrdn Financial Planning. We offer free planning support and specialist financial advice across the UK, to help you make the most of your money for your life. I support individuals, couples and families to set and achieve their goals, giving them confidence and peace of mind for the future.