When was the last time your friends and family reviewed their pension?
A survey carried out by YouGov only a few years ago found that over half the respondents who contributed to either a personal or workplace pension scheme had not reviewed their pension in the preceding three years. More worryingly, many of these people admitted that they had never carried out a pension review. If this sounds like you, then it’s possible that your pension is currently not nearly as productive for you as it could be, meaning you could be shortchanging yourself in terms of what funds are available to you when you retire. Reviewing your pension could even make a significant difference to when you’ll actually be able to start enjoying your retirement.
The world of work has largely moved on from the days when a person would stay with one organisation throughout their working life. The average worker today is likely to stay in each job they hold for less than five years before moving on. What this means in terms of pension savings is that most people are very likely to have paid into several pension plans. With all employers now legally required to offer a workplace pension, the likelihood of this happening is only going to increase.
It’s therefore more important than ever to regularly review your pensions to ensure they are working as efficiently for you as possible. If any existing plans were set up a number of years ago, they may be being affected by charges and fees that are uncompetitive when compared to modern plans. Transferring your savings to a more up-to-date plan could mean a greater proportion of the money you’ve paid in will actually end up in your retirement pot. And, of course, moving several different pension plans to a single provider will also benefit you in being easier to track and manage exactly what you’ve accumulated.
Whilst reviewing your pension is crucial, it can also be a very complex process. So, rather than attempting to tackle it yourself, it’s always advisable to seek the guidance of a qualified financial adviser who will be able to spot both the pitfalls and the potential gains you may be able to make. It’s also better to review sooner rather than later, as if you only give your pension any thought once you’re approaching the age at which you plan to retire, the chances are it’ll simply be too late to fix any problems.