Whatever your circumstances, and with automatic enrolment staging taking place until 2018, there are ways for you to save for your retirement by taking small steps now to work out where you are, and where you want to be in the future. As saving for your retirement shouldn't have to affect what's important for you right now.
Create an action plan and see if you're on track. Here are some things to consider:
How much have you already saved? If you're already making contributions, contact your pension provider to get an up to date value for your pension pot. It's worth keeping a close eye on the value of your pot as the value of pension investments can go down as well as up.
If you're a Legal & General customer login or register for Manage Your Account to see how your pension is doing. You can also see where your money is invested to make sure it's working hard for you.
How much can you afford to pay in regularly? Consider what your expenses are at the moment and figure out how much you can afford to save into your pension.
How much will your employer contribute? Following the introduction of automatic enrolment, your employer will normally contribute on your behalf. Speak to them directly or visit your scheme microsite to see what's available to you.
For a more personalised action plan you may wish to speak to a financial adviser. Please note that financial advisers usually charge a fee for their services. Visit Unbiased to find an adviser near you.
If you're nearing retirement, you'll have a number of options open to you. To help you with your retirement planning, we've outlined a number of things you might want to think about now.
Since 1 October 2012, companies have been auto-enrolling eligible employees to comply with the new government legislation – starting with largest companies first. Employers of all sizes will need to have followed suit by 2018, so if you haven't already, you should be hearing from your employer in the next year or two to confirm your eligibility.
If eligible, you will be automatically enrolled into a workplace scheme but can choose to opt out. It's important to think carefully before opting out, as you may be missing out on benefits, such as contributions from your employer and tax relief. If you do decide to opt out, your employer will be required to automatically re-enrol you three years later if you are still eligible.
Once you've joined a pension plan with us, you'll have 30 days from our receipt of your first contribution to cancel your plan or opt out. We'll refund any contribution paid.
After this period HMRC rules state that your money will be tied up in a pension scheme until you take benefits, any time after you reach age 55.
You can stop contributing to the pension scheme at any time. If you do, any contributions you or your employer has already made will remain in your pension pot until you take your benefits on retirement or at any time after age 55.
Depending on the type of scheme you belong to, if you leave before completion of two years' active membership you could be entitled to a short service refund.
Taking a refund of your personal contributions is an option only if your scheme joining date is before October 2015 as the Government has decided to abolish it for new members from this date.
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