Adrian Walker
AUTHOR Adrian Walker| CREATED 04 Jun 2015
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The Tranquility Seeker

For the Tranquility Seeker, retirement means taking a well-earned rest after a lifetime of work. It may also mean a financial arrangement that minimises hassle and delegates certain responsibilities. Here are the key things to consider if you’re after a Life2 of leisure.

You’ve worked hard all your life in order to build up a decent pot of retirement savings. Now it’s time to reward yourself by relaxing completely – whether that means jetting off to an exotic yoga retreat or simply staying at home, pouring yourself a large glass of wine and turning off the phone.

If you think you may be a Tranquility Seeker then you’ll be want to know about the new pension rules coming into effect on 5 April 2015. If you start taking money from a define contribution pension after that date then you’ll have complete freedom over how you do it.

However, you’ll also want to be careful that you don’t spend too much, too soon. The average retirement in the UK now lasts for 30 years, so you need to make sure that your money will stretch that far – before you make any irreversible decisions.

What to consider if this Life2 looks right for you

To give yourself peace of mind, you may wish to use some or all of your pension pot to secure a guaranteed income. Alternatively, you may wish to leave your options open for longer by taking advantage of the new rules on pension flexibility.

To be completely confident in your choices, however, you may need to consult a financial adviser. They’ll be able to take all of your circumstances, needs and goals into account before advising you on what you should do. And, if you decide to keep some of your retirement savings invested, you can give them the hassle and responsibility of managing your investment portfolio – all while making sure that you don’t pay more tax than necessary.

If you don’t yet have a financial adviser but are interested in finding one, you can use our Find an Adviser tool.

Adrian Walker

Retirement Planning Manager Old Mutual Wealth

Adrian has worked within the Skandia and Old Mutual Wealth organisations for over 25 years. He has had several roles covering the technical aspects of pension savings and identifying opportunities for customers and their advisers. That includes financial planning for people already with pension savings and those considering using a pension scheme to build savings for later life. Adrian is well known in the financial industry for his expertise and is a regular press spokesperson for Old Mutual Wealth, working with both the press to highlight issues arising from the continuing changes to the pension landscape, particularly with regard to longer term retirement income needs of consumers.