Turning Your Pinched Pennies into Your Nest Egg

We’re all about scrimping and saving, but to what end? The only way to make serious money for retirement is to turn those pinched pennies into a nest egg for investment. Sadly, few people make enough straight income to have enough for retirement without investing. That’s where investment planning tools can help you, along with a knowledge of the UK Pension system.

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The Pension System

The UK has a strong pension system in place for their retirees. Everyone will get something from the State Pension system, but that will only give you a maximum of £156 per week, plus more if you added extra investments into the National Insurance system. Your workplace may also offer a pension on top of that, but the payout can vary widely depending on how much you can invest and the market conditions. Funding a personal or stakeholder pension is the way to start adding extra security to your retirement and a great place to start adding to your nest egg.

As with any pension, what you get back depends on how much you pay into it. Depending on your total pension contributions, you will get a certain amount out of the total pot of payments. That’s why it’s so important to invest early and often into your pension plans so you can access as much as you can. Plus, you can often get tax benefits for investing in pension plans.

Personal vs Stakeholder Pensions

For most people, a stakeholder pension is going to be the better choice than a personal pension. Stakeholder pensions offer a lot more flexibility and lower charges than a personal pension. The government sets strict limits on how much you can be charged for changing your account around. However, there is also a monetary limit to how much you can invest per year, which is £3,600. But, you can invest as little as £20 to get started with one.

If you wish to invest over this limit, you’ll need to look into a personal pension plan, which allows you to invest a certain percentage of your overall income each year. Depending on your employer, your employment pension plan may actually be a personal pension plan and you might want to consider moving it to a stakeholder pension plan. However, you should only do this after consulting with an accountant.

There are other considerations you’ll need to make as well to maximize your nest egg. For instance, if you defer your payments or pay extra into your pension schemes your final pension pot will be higher. How you withdraw your pension pot is another consideration. You can withdraw 25% out of most plans immediately after retirement age. However, the rest will have to be either converted into an annuity, which will give you fixed payments but no access to the money in an emergency, or into an investment account that you can do with as you please.

The most important thing to remember is to invest early. The sooner you can start socking away your savings into a pension, the longer your nest egg will have to grow. You can get started with as little as £20 a month, so why not invest in your future?