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After 28 years and 330 monthly contributions of £120 you will be left with less than £2100 net return
Over the past few months I have been doing some of my own up to date research on what is really going on with Personal Pensions and you will shocked at the results. I have actually been pretty appalled at some of the things I found.
Let me give you some examples.
Based on contributions to a ‘low charging pension plan’ available from one of the major players in the pensions market as at October 2013 here are some of the stats:-
Figures are based on the median investment return of 4.6% pa compound, for a man with 28 years to go until his 7oth birthday.
Monthly contributions of £120 per month before tax relief.
With 336 payments to retirement date. Total investment (you pay) £40,320.
Assumption is you will live to an average life expectancy of 8.4 years after your 70th birthday and your start drawing on your pension then. Stats based on a proven average.
Your actual return on your investment – after taking the maximum level of tax free cash. Your actual return after your 28 year investment, and you purchase an annuity at retirement your actual return will be £2062. This assumes you purchase an annuity at slightly above todays rates, noting of course these are at an all time low. But there is nothing to say they will be any higher at retirement. We just don’t know what rates will be.
Of course there are some assumptions made about your overall circumstances but even on the best case scenarios you will not even get a 1% a year return.
It’s for these reasons you need to take control of your pension planning and your future. The spreadsheet supporting the above figures above is here. Pension Comparison Pension – The Reality – Sheet1
You will also see that EVEN after factoring in Tax Relief the actual returns are derisory, really.
You can find out more by getting my report and pension charge calculator from this page Low Charge Pension Plans
Once you have a copy of my charges calculator to confirm exactly what you are paying for your Pension Plan and the supporting advice you can start to take control of your own pensions – only my reckoning you will not be much better of by taking advice.
What you need to do is take control of this yourself and fully understand what your options are.
Pension and Investment planning is not complicated, but as humans we really have not developed enough skill to be able to this properly – and because of that the industry is clearly taking advantage. All of that will change once I have completed my Investment and Pension Planning Course for the modern age. You will need to get in touch and let me know if you are really interested – if you are not now then you should be.