16th January 2024

Over the past 12 months, the cost-of-living crisis has put significant pressure on household budgets and knocked many people’s confidence in their future financial prospects. Research, however, shows that planning is a key driver of positivity about our financial futures; so, as a new year dawns, now seems the perfect time to take stock of your finances and formulate a plan to help you achieve your retirement goals. 

Plan, plan, plan 

Although decisions around retirement are arguably the most critical people have to make during their whole lives, research¹ suggests only half of over-50s with pension entitlements other than the State Pension have actually formulated a detailed plan. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it also found that those with a plan were much more confident about securing a comfortable retirement than those who do not have one. 

Gender gap 

The research also found clear evidence of a gender gap with men generally more confident about their prospects for a comfortable retirement than their female counterparts. It also found that the 

cost-of-living crisis has been a key driver of low confidence, with half of the sample stating that it has either slightly or significantly worsened their chances of a comfortable retirement. 

Triple default trap 

People without a plan are also more likely to get stuck with their default pension settings. Recent years are thought to have seen a sharp rise in the number of triple defaulters who ‘set and forget’ their pension choices, with millions of auto-enrolled 32-40 year olds failing to update their contributions, investment choices or target retirement age. Even relatively small tweaks to one or more of these default choices could potentially boost a pension pot by thousands of pounds. 

Here to support you 

The evidence clearly shows that formulating a plan is the key to boosting confidence in your financial future. So, let’s kick off 2024 on a positive footing ‒ get in touch and we’ll help you develop a plan capable of securing the rewarding retirement you deserve. 

1Nucleus Financial Platforms, 2023 

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