Do you know how much income you’ll need in retirement?

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We all want to look forward to a happy and fulfilling retirement, but that doesn’t happen by itself.

It’s the result of careful planning and making the right decisions throughout your working life, so you can have the financial means to enjoy the lifestyle you want and deserve.

But shifting economic sands and events entirely beyond your control means your retirement plans can’t be set in stone.

For example, how many of us saw the credit crunch coming in 2008 or the recent cost of living crisis?

According to a new report by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), a single person will need £31,300 a year to enjoy a moderate income in retirement. This is £8,000 up on the figure calculated last year.

Similarly, the report estimated that a couple will need £43,100 for a moderate income in retirement, up £9,000 on last year’s figure.

At the same time, a new report from the International Longevity Centre has found that a British person born after April 1970 could have to work until they are aged 71 – five years beyond the current age threshold for drawing a state pension.

Les Mayhew, the author of the report, believes the state pension age may need to change to 70 or 71 in order to “maintain the status quo of the number of workers per state pensioner”.

So what does all this mean for you as you plan for the future, hoping to achieve a real sense of financial freedom in later life?

Well, you need to be prepared to adapt your retirement plans when circumstances demand it.

It’s so important that you proactively respond to significant economic changes and financial realities, such as the increase in food and energy costs over the last few years, and factor these into your retirement planning.

Societal changes and attitudes are also evolving, so that’s something to consider too. For instance, the PLSA also notes that the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a change in people’s priorities, as many of us place more importance on spending time with friends and family out of the home.

Planning for the future can be incredibly complex and overwhelming, and that’s before you consider the possibility of the economic landscape transforming around you.

That’s why it’s so important to get professional advice on retirement planning, so you can be confident you’re making the right decisions in the here and now, and that you’re in a position to react and make changes if the situation evolves.

A regulated financial planner is ideally placed to guide you through this process and talk you through all the options that are open to you, such as pension saving, investing in different asset types and managing your exposure to risk.

You can also be confident that they’re keeping a close eye on the latest market movements and changes in rules and regulations, so they can advise you accordingly on what to do next to make your money work as hard as possible for you.

If you have any questions on managing your finances and making sure you’re well set up for a happy and fulfilling retirement, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and we’ll be happy to speak with you.