From private and personal pensions to alternative investments, we cover everything you need to know about funding your retirement years.

National Pension Awareness Day
National Pension Awareness Day

Tuesday 15th September is National Pension Awareness Day in the UK. On this page, you’ll find out more about the basics of pensions and saving for retirement, and why pensions might not be your only option when it comes to saving for your future.

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All about FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early)?
All about FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early)?

Looking to retire early? It might be possible with the F.I.R.E or Financial Independent, Retire Early method.

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Start a pension or open a savings account?
Start a pension or open a savings account?

If you’re saving for retirement, you may find yourself considering opening a pension or a savings account. Discover the benefits of both, so you can decide which option best suits you.

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Teachers pensions in the UK: a guide
Teachers pensions in the UK: a guide

The Teacher’s Pensions Scheme is a good way for teachers to save for retirement, but it can be complicated to understand. Read our guide to find out everything you need to know.

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What is my retirement age?
What is my retirement age?

Knowing your retirement age is important, because you can use it as a target for when you can stop working. Find out the current retirement age in the UK, how to claim your state pension and ways you can save for your retirement.

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What is the maximum pension?
What is the maximum pension?

The cap on pension contributions you can make and still receive tax relief is £40,000 per year. Find out more about the maximum pension, what happens if you exceed it and how much you should be putting away.

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What is the minimum pension contribution?
What is the minimum pension contribution?

Understanding minimum pension contribution, and knowing what you want yours to be, is important if you want to live comfortably in retirement. Find out more about minimum pension contributions, what GMP is, how much you’ll be able to claim from your state pension and if there’s a way to increase the amount you could get.

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What is a pension annuity?
What is a pension annuity?

An annuity is a type of retirement product you can purchase using your pension pot, and pays you a guaranteed fixed income that can either last your lifetime or for a set period. Find out more about pension annuity, how it works and the different types of annuities.

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Early retirement explained
Early retirement explained

Early retirement is something many people consider, or at least, it’s something that many people would like to consider. If you want to retire early, it’s worth reviewing your finances sooner rather than later. Find out what to consider, how to retire early and your other retirement options.

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State pension eligibility explained
State pension eligibility explained

Your state pension is a regular payment you can claim from the government once you reach state pension age. Find out more about the state pension, what being eligible means, the requirements you’ll need to meet and the different types of state pension.

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Pension credit eligibility explained
Pension credit eligibility explained

Pension credit is a tax-free financial benefit for low-income pensioners. Find out more about pension credit entitlement, who can claim pension credit and how to claim.

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Pension credit calculators explained
Pension credit calculators explained

Pension credit is extra money you may be able to claim from the government if you’re a pensioner on a low income, but calculating how much you may get can be confusing. Read our guide to pension credit calculators to find out more.

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Ill-health pensions
Ill-health pensions

Every year, thousands of people in the UK have to stop working due to ill-health. Find out more about ill-health pensions, what qualifies as ill-health and what you may need to consider if you’re planning to retire due to ill-health.

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Pension credit: a guide
Pension credit: a guide

Pension credit provides additional retirement income for pensioners on a low income. Read our guide to discover what pension credit is, how it works, if you’re eligible and how you can claim.

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Widows’ pensions explained
Widows’ pensions explained

If your spouse or civil partner passes away, you may be entitled to receive a welfare benefit from the government. Find out more about widows’ pensions (now called the Bereavement Support Payment) and the benefits you may be entitled to.

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Opting out of a pension
Opting out of a pension

The UK government considers saving for retirement so crucial to financial wellbeing that you’re now auto-enrolled into a workplace pension scheme. However, you can choose to opt-out. Learn everything you need to know if you’re considering opting out of a pension.

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Women's Pensions
Women's Pensions

The state pension age for women is steadily increasing and will continue to rise in the future. Read our guide to find out the effects of these increases, particularly for those born in the 1950s.

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