Saving Tips for Over-50s
Few people reach their fifties without wanting to save more money. Although it is always best to start saving as early as possible, there are plenty of things the over-50s can do to maximise the impact of their saving strategy and reach their savings targets.
- Shop Around for Annuities
If it’s coming up to retirement time, don’t just buy an annuity with your pension firm! 60% of people don’t shop on the open annuity markets, potentially losing them £14,300 for every £100,000 (assuming a 25 year pension).
- Set Appropriate Investment Timeframes
If you’re making investments at 55, you will probably want to see the benefits within 10-15 years, so make sure you invest appropriately. Make sure you communicate your investment goals to your financial advisor before you invest.
- Top up Your State Pension If You Can
If you haven’t paid enough National Insurance to qualify for the full state pension, it might be worth ‘topping up’ your pension. The scheme started in October 2015. It lets you make voluntary national insurance payments to give you access to the full state pension when you retire. Calculate what you could get here.
- Downsize, Don’t Release
Equity release loans seem like a good way to release value from your home, but it is much better for your estate to simply downsize your home. Unless you have faith in your local housing market, doing so as soon as your children move out will free up cash you can then reinvest in better saving solutions. Best of all, you won’t have to pay the high interest rates on equity release loans.
- Consult for Later Life Advice
Saving for yourself or for your family? Investing in the markets or housing? There are so many variables and options, and taxation regulations are changing all the time. In such a fast-changing environment, it is always prudent to seek counsel from a certified later life advisor.
This article is for information only and must not be considered as financial advice. We always recommend that you seek independent financial advice before making any financial decisions. Investments can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you invested.