With just weeks to go until the government’s pension freedoms start giving people greater flexibility on how to use their savings, Which? is launching a free guide to help people make the most of their Pension Wise session and secure a good deal for their hard-earned savings.
Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said:
'The government’s reforms will offer people welcome flexibility over what to do with their savings. But people approaching retirement aren’t going to turn into financial experts overnight and so, with more options on the table, it’s vital people take their time to make the new freedoms work for them.'
It's important people take their time to consider their choices, because turning pension savings into retirement income is one of the most complex financial decisions they will ever have to make. While we think it’s right people have more freedom over how they spend their savings, it's also vital they are aware of the risks of making quick decisions. For example, we have calculated that if someone really did use their pension pot to buy a Lamborghini, they could end up paying enough tax to buy a Porsche.
Our free Pension Wise explained guide offers tips to get the most out of the Pension Wise guidance service, including advice on things to consider in advance and questions to ask during your appointment.
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