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Pension mistakes – the biggest one is putting off starting a pension

Pension mistakes - the biggest one is putting off starting a pension

It can be easy to make pension mistakes Enable’s experienced IFAs come across many people who see retirement as a long way off. But when it comes to financial planning and retirement planning one of the biggest mistakes people can make is to put off starting a pension.

As long as you can afford it the sooner you start saving and regularly paying into and reviewing your pension pot, the easier it will be in the long run to provide for your retirement years. Where you invest can depend on your age and the number of years you have left before retirement as this will determine the kind of risk you might be able to sustain over the years.

If you have a long time until you retire, you can afford to take more risk with your investments and investing in shares is likely to give you the best long-term returns. While the closer you get to retirement, the more widely spread you’ll want your portfolio to be to minimise your exposure to risk. Think of things like cash, fixed-interest bonds and property.

However, in retirement, one of the most common errors people tend to make is to be too risk-averse. One of the golden rules of investing is that you need to hold your money for at least five to 10 years as that will iron out short-term volatility of any market. Ultimately, you could argue that older investors holding all your money in cash and savings is actually the more risky strategy as it all but guarantees you’re going to lose money in real terms as inflation eats into your savings.

Lots of things can affect your pension pot, both those in your personal life and global events as well as making silly pension mistakes. So the best thing to do is to take some good quality financial advice from the like of experienced IFAs at Enable’s in Bishops Stortford. And remember to regularly review your investments and pension pot if not every six months at least once a year.

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