Pension Review

Review your Pension

Regularly reviewing pensions ensures alignment with evolving financial goals, maximizes returns, manages risks, and keeps individuals informed about market opportunities and regulatory changes for a secure and comfortable retirement.

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Why do I need to review my Pension?

Frequently evaluating your pension is essential to ensure it matches your changing financial objectives. Regular reviews, usually done yearly, enable you to evaluate investment performance, modify contributions to adapt to evolving situations, and stay updated on pension regulations. By consistently assessing your pension, you can improve asset allocation, evaluate risk tolerance, and make necessary changes to maintain a strong retirement plan aligned with your goals. Additionally, regular pension reviews allow you to take advantage of market opportunities, address potential shortcomings, and make informed decisions for a secure and comfortable retirement.

Financial Security

Regularly reviewing your pension funds helps ensure your financial security in retirement by assessing whether your savings are on track to meet your retirement goals. It allows you to make adjustments as needed to ensure you have enough funds to support your lifestyle after retirement.

Maximise Results

Reviewing your pension funds allows you to assess the performance of your investments and make changes to maximize returns. By monitoring the performance of your funds, you can identify underperforming assets and reallocate your investments to potentially higher-performing options, helping you grow your retirement savings more effectively.

Manage Risks

Reviewing your pension funds helps you identify and manage risks associated with your investments. By regularly assessing your portfolio, you can ensure it remains diversified and aligned with your risk tolerance and investment objectives. It allows you to adjust your investment strategy to mitigate potential risks and protect your retirement savings from market downturns or other financial uncertainties.

Make informed decisions

Reviewing your pension funds keeps you informed about changes in the financial markets, economic conditions, and regulatory developments that may impact your retirement savings. It allows you to stay proactive and make informed decisions about your investments, ensuring you are well-prepared for any changes or challenges that may arise in the future.

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How often should I review my Pension?

Reviewing your pension plan’s frequency depends on several factors such as age, financial objectives, and market conditions. As a general guideline, conducting a thorough review annually allows you to monitor its performance and make any necessary adjustments. Additionally, significant life events like marriage, parenthood, career changes, or receiving a lump sum inheritance may prompt additional reviews to ensure your retirement strategy remains aligned with your evolving goals.

As retirement approaches, it’s advisable to increase the frequency of reviews, particularly five years before retirement, to ensure your pension plan adequately meets your income needs and objectives. Keeping an eye on market changes and inflation is also crucial. Significant shifts in market conditions or economic trends may necessitate revisiting your pension plan to ensure it continues to meet your expectations. Moreover, considering the impact of inflation on your estimated monthly pension and assessing whether increased earnings allow for higher pension contributions can further optimize your retirement savings.

What to keep in mind when reviewing your Pension.

Reduced Charges

Over the last 15-20 years, pension plans have developed immensely, and one of the main changes is that much lower charges exist with modern pensions. These charges have a direct impact on your returns & benefits you receive from your fund.

Consider Inflation

If you started your pension several years ago. Due to inflation, would your estimated monthly pension be enough in today’s money? Enough to cover any bills you may still have after you retire? Are you now earning much more than when you started your pension and can afford to pay more into your Pension and gain additional tax benefits while growing your pension pot?

Save “half of your age” Rule

As a very rough rule of thumb, you should be aiming to save “half your age” percentage-wise. So at age 40, you should be saving 20% of your income into a pension. So if you haven’t reviewed your pension recently, you might need to increase what you’re paying.

Regular Premiums

Regular premiums are much easier to bear. It can be very challenging for self-employed people to find the spare cash to make annual contributions to their pension at the same time as they’re faced with their tax bill. Smaller balancing contributions at the tax deadline can be easier.

Don’t rely only on the State Pension

The maximum state pension is currently 277.30 per week. Also, the state pension age is rising. For people due to retire in 2028 onwards, they won’t receive a state pension until age 68. So you’re looking at low benefit levels and also now waiting longer for them to start.

Your Questions Answered

We’re living longer than previous generations. Upon retirement, on average we will have 20-30 years of retirement. A pension plan will make sure you’re financially sound for these years. Whether you wish to travel, retire to the country, or spend time with your children & grandchildren.

The amount you will receive per month entirely depends on how much you’re willing to pay per month, the length of time you’ve been making contributions, the type of pension plan and its investment return. You can also choose to receive a lump sum upon retirement or not.

As of today, the State Contributory Pension is about €240 per week. For most people, during their 20-30 years of retirement, this simply isn’t enough. When you pay into a pension plan, you will receive both the state pension (If available to you) and your Pension Plan.

Tax relief reduces the actual cost of your pension. You do not have to pay tax on money that you put into a personal pension (This falls within the limits set out below). This is calculated at the highest rate of tax you pay (Currently 20% / 40%)

Monthly contribution = €100
Tax Relief (40%) = €40
Cost to you = €60

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