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Placing a cost on retirement

How much income do you need for a comfortable retirement? New research has put a post-pandemic price on the answer.

One traditional way to answer the question of how much income you will need in retirement is to fix the amount as a percentage of pay. For example, when final salary pension schemes were more common, their target was often around two thirds of earnings. While this approach produces an easy to calculate number, it is arbitrary. For low earners it may produce too low a number, while at the opposite end of the scale the result may be too high.

An alternative is to focus on retirement living standards, an option that has been supported in the UK by the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) and is mirrored by approaches used in other countries. The PLSA sets three levels of post-pandemic retirement:

 MINIMUMMODERATECOMFORTABLE
What standard of living could you have?Covers all your needs, with some left over for fun.More financial security and flexibility.More financial freedom and some luxuries.
HouseDIY maintenance and decorating one room a year.Some help with maintenance and decorating each year.Replace kitchen and bathroom every 10/15 years.
Food and drinkA £41 weekly food shop.A £47 weekly food shop.A £59 weekly food shop.
TransportNo car.3-year-old car replaced every 10 years.2-year-old car replaced every 5 years.
Holidays and leisureOne week in the UK and a long weekend in the UK every year.2 weeks in Europe and a long weekend in the UK every year.3 weeks in Europe every year.
Clothing and personal£410 for clothing and footwear each year.£730 for clothing and footwear each year.£1,200 for clothing and footwear each year.
Helping others£10 for each birthday present.£30 for each birthday present.£50 for each birthday present.

Where would you want to be on those scales? It’s likely that most of us would want at least ‘Comfortable’.

Now for the annual cost in terms of after-tax income:

 MINIMUMMODERATECOMFORTABLE
 LondonElsewhereLondonElsewhereLondonElsewhere
Single£13,200£10,900£24,500£20,800£36,700£33,600
Couple£21,100£16,700£36,200£30,600£51,500£49,700

If you are yet to retire and the numbers surprise you, then it is certainly time to start checking your retirement funding can meet your required standard of living.

Cashflow planning is the critical tool to ensure your investments are able to sustain living costs throughout your lifetime without unplanned capital depletion.

Interested in finding out more?

Seeking a second opinion on your financial future costs you nothing.

Simply call our friendly team on 00121 368 5624 or drop us an email to appointments@oaklandswealth.com to arrange a confidential chat.

Oaklands Wealth Management, founded by Helen Blackburn in 2004 advises clients around the Midlands on retirement planning, pensions & investments.

Her firm holds British Standard BS 8577 for client service & investment process.

Minimum investment is £500,000 (£650,000 for pension transfers).

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