For Old Time’s Sake – How much money do you need?
Do those day-dreamed glimpses into the future feature sunshine, a well-manicured lawn and a good bottle of wine chilling in the ice bucket next to your stripy deckchair? Or perhaps you’re seeking all those thrills you couldn’t tick off the list whilst you’ve been working? Exotic travel, high adrenaline sports and a life very much in the fast lane?
The Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) recently published its ‘retirement living standards’ report, and it sets out predictions of how much life as a retiree will cost whether you are flying solo or tackling it as part of a pair. The PLSA provides 3 simulated ‘standards of living’ and demonstrates how much one can expect to pay annually on life’s essentials depending on which camp you fall into.
The ‘Minimum Retirement Living Standard’ (based on the Joseph Rowntree1 Foundation’s Minimum Income Standard) includes a week’s holiday in the UK, eating out about once a month and some affordable leisure activities about twice a week. It’s worth noting that this standard of living does not include budget to run a car. The annual living budget for the minimum standard is £10,900 for a single person and £16,700 for a couple in 2021.2
The ‘Moderate Retirement Living Standard’ provides more room for financial security and offers more flexibility. For example, you could have a two-week holiday in Europe and eat out a few times a month. The annual budget for the moderate standard has risen to £20,800 for a single person and to £30,600 for a couple.3
When it comes to the ‘Comfortable Retirement Living Standard’, retirees have room in the budget to enjoy some luxuries like regular beauty treatments, theatre trips and three weeks holiday in Europe a year. The annual budget needed for a comfortable retirement living standard has increased to £33,600 for one person and £49,700 per couple.4
Let’s look at the ‘Comfortable Retirement Living Standard’. If you’re going to retire at 67 years old, and hope to make it to the average life expectancy in the UK (79.4 for men, 83.1 for women5 then assuming you both receive a full state pension, we have estimated you are also going to need a retirement fund of approximately £560,0006 if you are living as a couple.
If you’re happy with a simpler retirement and see yourself in the ‘Moderate Retirement Living Standard’ category, then your pension pot should be at around £220,0007 for a couple.
(This assumes that your living costs will rise by inflation of 2.5%8 per year in retirement, and your ‘retirement fund’ achieves growth of 4% per annum after charges)
As your chosen Independent Financial Adviser (IFA), we are here to help you plan for your retirement, taking any tax issues into account and ensure that we can make your pension work as hard for you until you need to access it. Contact your IFA to arrange a meeting.
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