Once you know where all your pension pots are and how to access them, you should consider reviewing your pension and long-term savings regularly. This could help make sure you’re on course to achieving the future lifestyle you’re looking for. Here are some things to think about.
1. Is your saving on track?
Are you saving enough to reach your retirement goals? And are your aspirations for the future still the same? You can try our Picture your best life tool to think about the life you want in the future.
Our Your Retirement Planner can also help you understand how much money you’ll need for life after work, and if you might need to save more.
2. Can you boost your pension savings more?
If you get a pay rise or a bonus you could consider using this to boost your pension savings. Also, check your monthly outgoings and budgeting is under control, with debts cleared where possible. If you can find small ways to cut back on your regular spending, such as stopping non-essential subscriptions, you could put the extra money you save into your pension.
Take a look at Pension Wise – a free, impartial service from the UK Government for more information on pensions and what you can do with your pension pots.
3. Look out for high charges
Beware of high fund management charges that could eat into the value of your pension – you don’t want any surprises when you come to take savings from your plan.
4. How are your investments performing?
Make sure you know what funds your money is invested in and keep an eye on how they’re performing. With access to your online pension account, you can see fund factsheets and key investor information that shows how your funds are invested.
You may wish to consult a financial adviser if you’re unsure. You can find an adviser on MoneyHelper. There’s likely to be a cost for advice.
5. Align your pension to your values
While staying on track is usually about money goals, your pension could also be a way of aligning your investments with your values. For example, you may want to make sure your funds aren’t invested in companies that manufacture tobacco or have excessive fuel consumption.
We recommend speaking to a financial adviser to talk you through your objectives, as well as the implications to switching funds. There’s likely to be a charge for advice.