Retiring into a market downturn can be daunting. If you begin to draw down your pension portfolio to pay for your everyday expenses just when the value of your investments is falling, then it’s going to limit your potential capital growth once markets do eventually recover.
That can reduce the number of years your pension pot can sustain you.
So, what can you do to counter this possibility? Aside from delaying your retirement by a year or two, cutting your overheads or seeking alternative sources of income, you can alter the amount of income you withdraw each year.
In the accompanying video, financial planner Zoe Dagless runs through a variety of different spending scenarios. She also shows how you can build some flexibility into the way you draw down your pension to help it last longer.
For additional content designed to help you though these challenging times, including a deeper dive into building flexibility into your pension withdrawals, visit our downturn Knowledge hub.
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