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Are we sleepwalking towards retirement?

Updated 03 December 2020

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Nick Green
Financial Journalist

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New research from True Potential reveals pension pots may run dry after five years.  The study has also found that Brits are only saving a quarter of the amount needed for retirement.  True Potential have quoted £469,140, to be the ideal total for savers to draw down their pensions income over 20 years.  Which means savers will have at least £23,457 per year as income from their pension to live a comfortable retirement.

However the True Potential survey revealed British savers are currently only saving £120,213 worth of a retirement fund, which would only support the ideal amount of £23,457 per year for just five years.

Over the past 12 months, True Potential have found that Brits have put aside £2,671.60, which over 45 years, may leave savers with an annual income of just £6,011 per year throughout their retirement.  When asked only 4 per cent of those surveyed believed they could live comfortably on that amount of money.

David Harrison, True Potentials Managing partner added “Britain is sleepwalking towards an impoverished retirement and the reality for many in society today is that they will simply be unable to retire.”

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About the author
Nick Green is a financial journalist writing for Unbiased.co.uk, the site that has helped over 10 million people find financial, business and legal advice. Nick has been writing professionally on money and business topics for over 15 years, and has previously written for leading accountancy firms PKF and BDO.