Colin case study
A layered approach to retirement planning.
Colin is 60, married and employed. Like a number of people, Colin has made modest efforts to ensure that he has some savings to fund his retirement. He would like to start to use some of his savings to support his transition into retirement.
Colin is married to Jane, 58. He is an engineer with a salary of £65,000 and plans to reduce his working hours from five days to four days each week.
This is Colin’s plan across five key stages in the early years of retirement and details where his income streams come from.
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Colin retires and believes an income level of £32,500, along with Jane’s savings, will be enough to live comfortably.
His Defined Benefit (DB) pension starts to pay out, which meets some of this need and a portion of the remaining income is provided through drawdown.
Colin doesn’t purchase an annuity yet as he believes he could potentially benefit from a higher, enhanced annuity income in later life.
Colin now qualifies for his state pension providing him with further guaranteed income so he reduces the amount he is taking from his Defined Contribution (DC) savings as drawdown. Any emergency income he needs he takes from his Cash ISA.
Colin chooses to further de-risk his portfolio and purchases a lifetime annuity, providing him with another guaranteed income stream. As Colin has some early on set age-related medical conditions he qualifies for an enhanced annuity and he's comfortable with the income he receives.
He withdraws from his ISA to maintain his required income level during busier months.
Colin and Jane are spending more time at home and their overall expenditure has reduced. Colin decides to only use his ISA savings as a ‘rainy day’ fund. All his other income is guaranteed for the remainder of his life, so he can enjoy the rest of his retirement knowing that his income needs should be covered.
While there is money left in their ISA savings, they're keeping this for emergencies. So they decide to unlock some of the equity in their home.
They take out a lifetime mortgage on their property, which is worth £300,000. Based on a 35% loan to value, this provides them with an initial lump sum of £71,000 and access to a further £34,000 as a drawdown facility, if they need it.
They spend £11,000 on a family holiday and give £60,000 to their children and grandchildren to help them finally move into their dream homes, a sort of ‘living inheritance’ and an opportunity to see their family enjoy their money.
Often, despite the best plans, life doesn’t quite work out as we expect it to.
In an alternative scenario, as Colin turns 65, he and Jane get divorced. They've agreed that Colin can remain in the home, and Jane will receive the ISA assets and a further payment of £90,000 in settlement from Colin.
Without the ISA savings, Colin can manage on the reduced savings if he tightens his belt a little. He doesn't want to leave his home just yet, but has no way of paying the settlement sum from his assets.
Colin decides to release some equity from his home. He takes out a lifetime mortgage for £100,000, which will pay the settlement and leave him with £10,000 as an emergency fund. By doing this, he can remain in his home for the rest of his life knowing that the lifetime mortgage will be repaid when he dies or if he needs to go into residential care. This gives Colin an element of optimism for his future.
In this scenario, Jane’s pension assets meant that he didn't have to further split his pension assets but this could also provide an option to support a client who has a pension sharing order.
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