Morningstar’s Guide to Planning for Retirement

SPECIAL REPORT: As investors we are increasingly short-termist. But when it comes to pension provision, you have to think long term

Emma Wall 3 April, 2017 | 9:24AM
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We are all guilty of present bias. Delayed gratification is rarely preferable to instant satisfaction – and as investors we are increasingly short-termist. But when it comes to pension provision, you have to think long term – or be prepared to see a significant drop in your standard of living.

The problem with investing for retirement is it seems a very long way off for so many of us. The State Pension age is now 67, with an average life expectancy of 80 years. Seemingly more pressing financial obligations call out to be prioritised; children’s education, family holidays, DIY. But if you start investing for retirement early enough and the burden is far less; put off saving into a pension and the sacrifice have to make is much greater to meet the same financial goal.

The two most important factors when saving for retirement are how much you pay in and how long you save for; good investment performance, low charges and shopping around at retirement all help but if you haven’t saved enough, for long enough, you’ll always be struggling.

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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