Retirement planning: Bringing together your goals and finances

Effective retirement planning often involves weaving together lots of different threads. As you think about your retirement, you might be unsure how to bring everything together, but a bespoke financial plan could put your mind at ease.

Over the last few months, you’ve read about the importance of deciding how you’ll retire, why you should set out your goals, and your options for accessing your pension. Now, read on to discover the challenges of bringing together these different strands of retirement planning and why a tailored financial plan could provide a solution.

The challenges of retirement planning you could face

A common concern among those approaching retirement is whether they have enough money to retire. Even after the milestone, you might worry about running out of money too soon.

Understanding what a sustainable income is for your circumstances can be difficult. After all, you don’t know how long you’ll spend in retirement and you might need to factor in a range of influences outside of your control, such as the effect inflation will have on your expenses.

As a result, you might not be confident in your ability to live the lifestyle you want once you give up work.

Uncertainty could mean you spend too much too soon, which could leave you in a financially vulnerable position in your later years. Alternatively, it might lead to you being more frugal than necessary and missing out on retirement experiences.

There could be other challenges too. Perhaps you’re considering taking a lump sum out of your pension or using assets to fund a one-off expense but you’re unsure about the long-term effect it may have. Or you want to ensure you leave an inheritance behind to support loved ones after you’ve passed away.

While pensions are often the main source of income in retirement, retirees will often have other assets at their disposal too. You might be unsure how you could use your savings, property, or investments to support your retirement goals, but financial planning could help.

A financial plan will bring together your aspirations and finances

When you think about what financial planning involves, your mind might turn towards understanding your assets. However, an effective financial plan starts by understanding what you want to achieve.

At retirement, this might be the lifestyle you want to enjoy for the rest of your life. You may have other priorities too, such as lending support to your family or ensuring your partner is also financially secure.

Once you’ve set out your lifestyle goals, you can start to review your assets and how they might make these objectives achievable.

One of the benefits of working with a financial planner is that they may help you bring together these different goals. So, a retirement plan that’s tailored to you may consider what a sustainable income is, but it might also include:

  • Gifting assets to your loved ones during your lifetime
  • Putting assets aside for your family to inherit when you pass away
  • Financial protection that could provide for your partner if the worst happened
  • A safety net that may give you peace of mind
  • Provisions in case you need care in the future.

Using a tool called “cashflow modelling”, we could help you visualise how to use your wealth to reach your goals.

By adding details about your assets, cashflow modelling could show how your wealth will change over time depending on the decisions you make. For instance, it could demonstrate how long your pension may last if it was used to provide an annual income of £35,000 or £45,000. Or how using your investments to supplement your income might provide you with greater financial freedom.

Cashflow modelling could also highlight potential risks. You can model different scenarios, including those that are outside of your control, to understand how they might affect your lifestyle and financial security.

For example, could the rising cost of living place pressure on your finances 20 years after you’ve retired? By identifying potential risks at the start of retirement, you may be able to take steps to mitigate them or create a safety net. To manage the effect of inflation on your outgoings, you may plan to increase the income from your pension each year to preserve your spending power.

As a result, working with a financial planner could help you realise your retirement goals and give you financial confidence as you start the next chapter of your life.

Contact us to talk about your retirement plans

If you’re preparing for retirement, whether it’s a milestone you hope to reach this year or it’s a decade away, we could offer you support. Please contact us to talk about your retirement aspirations and how your finances may provide you with security once you give up work.

Please note: This blog is for general information only and does not constitute advice. The information is aimed at retail clients only.

A pension is a long-term investment not normally accessible until 55 (57 from April 2028). The fund value may fluctuate and can go down, which would have an impact on the level of pension benefits available.

The tax implications of pension withdrawals will be based on your individual circumstances.