Most people want to be comfortable in retirement and ensure they have a similar lifestyle to the one they had whilst working. We all know that we need to save money for our retirement, but knowing it and doing something about it are very different things! For many of us, there may be a pivotal moment, “If my retirement is hastened by my employer or partnership, will I know if I am financially able to embrace it with relish?”
Younger generations may be bracing themselves to work well into their 70s – but the early retirement dream lives on for many people. New research from Prudential has found 60% of those giving up work this year – the Class of 2017 – are doing so earlier than their projected State Pension age or company pension scheme retirement date.
Dreaming of an early retirement is what keeps many of us going through the daily grind, whether it’s looking forward to a round-the-world cruise, having the time to write a best-selling novel or simply doing the things we want to do when we want to do them. But then we reach age 50 and have a reality check. Looking at our pension pots, we wonder if we will ever be able to afford to retire at all – let alone in any sort of luxury. Our task is to help you understand how much you need to save to hit the desired retirement income initially, before dealing with any extra unexpected costs on the way, such as long-term care. With smart retirement planning, you can make your dreams come true and still be young enough to enjoy them to the full.
However, this year’s retirees who are planning to quit the rat race early feel better prepared when it comes to their retirement than those who are not stopping early, with 60% of those taking early retirementsaying they are financially well prepared, compared with 46% of those working towards their retirement date.
The early retirees are also more relaxed and confident about retirement than those who plan to work for longer, with more than half (56%) expecting to have enough income for a comfortable retirement, compared with just 38% of those who are not retiring early.
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This confidence can be explained, in part, by their focus on pension saving. Those who are retiring early are more likely to have saved into a pension scheme – 86% compared with 71% who are not stopping work early. Just 10% of early retirees have no pension savings, compared to 21% of those who aren’t planning to retire early.
They are also more likely to have sought professional financial advice, with seven in ten (70%) having spoken to an adviser, compared to 57% of those planning to wait until their retirement date. It is encouraging to see from the study that so many of this year’s retirees are able to give up working earlier in order to enjoy an even longer retirement. The fact that many of these early retirees claim to be more financially well prepared than their counterparts who have had to work on is hardly surprising.
A number of this year’s retirees will have also benefited from some generous final salary schemes – something which only a handful of those in future generations will benefit from. As a result, the retirees of the future who are hoping to retire early will need to start preparing well in advance, setting aside as much as they can afford as early as they can.
Time to rethink your retirement?
Transforming your retirement dreams into reality requires planning. If you are seeking to understand how you will be able to afford the retirement lifestyle you want, we could help you to retire earlier than you may think. Building you a bespoke financial plan, we will discuss ways to boost existing pensions, show you how much you should consider investing each month and provide a better understanding of the new rules and options now available at retirement. We’ll also work with you to ensure you stay on track, meeting with you at least annually or more frequently if required.
Please contact us for an obligatory-free introductory conversation today – we look forward to hearing from you.
 Research Plus conducted an independent online survey for Prudential between 8 and 22 November 2016 among 10,605 non-retired UK adults, including 1,000 intending to retire in 2017.