“Ooh, pensions, how interesting!” No one says that. But you need to take some interest in pensions if you want to retire, take it easy and have fun.
What pensions are about
For lots of people, the way to save for retirement is through a private or a workplace pension. You might have a workplace pension from your job - these are good because your employer pays in too.
You pay less tax
With pensions, you save for retirement in a tax efficient way. This means that you don’t pay income tax on money you put into a pension and you don’t pay tax on how much it grows. When you come to take your money, you can take a quarter of it as a tax-free lump sum.
They potentially grow more
When you put your money in a pension it gets invested. This aims to potentially grow your money more than in a bank account. But there’s also a risk that you can lose money. For example, dips in the stock market can make investments go down. You could get back less than you invested. Over time, the aim is that any potential growth counters the risks. This is why investing is a long-term plan.
How you take money out
If you’ve saved into a workplace or private pension, once you reach 55, you can start taking your money out. You can:
What you can do today
Scottish Widows are our Pensions experts; they’re also part of the same group as us. You can access the information available to help you in making the best decisions for you.
Or if you’re looking to be a little more self-directed with your pension you could look at our Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP), available through Halifax Share Dealing.
Other sources of information:
For free and impartial money advice, visit the Money Advice Service.
You might want to talk to a financial adviser. Find one near you.
The Government are offering free guidance on your options online, by phone or face to face from Pension Wise.