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Spending in retirement

Spending in retirement

When we are wondering what we will be spending in retirement it makes sense to look at the whole picture. Enable’s IFAs in Bishop’s Stortford can help you look at what your retirement cash needs might be. For many, it is easy to think that once we have saved and invested enough to keep us going in our golden years, the job is done. But its only half done as it is vital to consider how to take this money out again.

At the point of retirement, you hope you will have a range of assets you’ll hopefully have your pension and perhaps some Stocks and Shares ISA, Cash ISA and perhaps a savings account. You may also have some other assets such as property or maybe even antiques and jewellery.

Lots of people retire from their main job but have other sources of income, including part-time work or rental income from their property. In an ideal world, you would know exactly what you need to live on at every stage of life and you would know exactly how long you’re going to live. But we don’t.

The place to start is to be sure you can cover the essentials of your bills and groceries with your state pension or a defined benefit pension. Once your basics are covered, you can use the rest of your funds to add flexibly to your income. In the earlier years of retirement, you may still want to take on paid work. You may also have flexible income from taking on a lodger or renting out a second property.

Once you’ve stopped work and the essentials are covered by your guaranteed income, you’re likely to need to add to it at various points over the years. You may still have assets in your pension, alongside separate savings and investments in ISAs, so you face the question of which assets to draw on first. This is where Enable’s IFAs can help you look at building up your assets so you are in a position to draw on them in the right order in later years. 

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