Preparing For Retirement | Retirement Planning Advice
preparing for retirement

Preparing for retirement is essential to ensure that your finances provide a comfortable income once you stop working. Our financial advisers at Acumen Financial Partnership offer in-depth retirement planning advice, to help you to optimise your current financial situation to reap the benefits in retirement. However close your retirement date is, Acumen’s financial advisers have the experience and the skills to find the perfect solution for you.

Why is retirement planning so important?

We understand that preparing for retirement – sometimes referred to as the longest holiday of your life – can be a daunting and confusing prospect, especially with the recent changes to pension contributions and entitlements. At Acumen, we want to relieve this pressure using our extensive experience and knowledge to provide you with the best retirement plan going forward.

Acumen advisers have over 120 years’ experience offering retirement planning advice and tailored retirement solutions. Our financial advisers can assist with:

o Cash flow planning.
o Choosing the best way to provide you with the income you need.
o Finding the best provider, investment strategy and income levels for drawdown.
o Managing your investments, including pension lump sums in a tax-efficient way.
o Comprehensive inheritance planning.

Preparing for retirement with Acumen

Retirement planning takes into account every aspect of your current financial situation, including your investments and pension scheme. This allows us to look at your finances as a whole and ensure that you will be receiving a regular income in retirement.

We recommend that our clients begin the retirement planning process at least 12 months before their retirement date, so the various options can be properly evaluated. Acumen will provide thorough retirement planning advice to help you build a tailored plan, specific to you and your situation.

Acumen retirement planning services

Here are some of the many different things we will take into account as part of our retirement planning services:

o Your investment goals may have evolved i.e. the emphasis moving from ‘growth’ to ‘income’ and the new pension freedoms may give you many more options.
o Your attitude to investment risk and/or your ability to absorb losses may have changed.
o As your full-time earnings come to a halt, your marginal rate of tax could fall.
o The uncertainty of the level of your future income and working patterns.
o Possible large one-off investments to make i.e. a lump sum from a pension scheme or a redundancy payment.
o Whether you want to keep your pension fund invested, to generate long-term income.
o Possible investment options.

Estate planning and inheritance tax

Estate Planning is often pushed to the bottom of the ‘to-do list’, along with preparing a will. It is important you put due thought into the ‘who, what, when and how’ of estate planning.

Acumen works to optimise the estate and inheritance tax (IHT) planning aspects of your will. We can advise on the various tax implications and we can suggest ways to improve the role of your pension scheme in your estate planning. We will also talk to you about the need for a Lasting Power of Attorney and explain how having one can protect you and your loved ones. Finally, we can arrange investments and life assurances to help reduce that eventual inheritance tax bill.

Contact Acumen

For more information on the best ways to start preparing for retirement, or to learn more about our retirement planning services, speak to one of our financial advisers today. Call 0151 520 4353 or email info@acumenfinancial.co.uk today.

Key Benefits

At Acumen, we can assist you with the crucial process of defining your future financial goals, aligning those goals to your current income, and developing an achievable plan to ensure that your finances work as hard as possible for you to enjoy your retirement years to the fullest. Speak to one of our advisers today for more information.

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