Did you find it easy to start investing for a pension?
Yes. I started saving at 25.
What current pension contributions do you make, either monthly or otherwise?
£10,000 per annum.
Have you ever taken a break from pension saving?
Yes, for about five years. I didn’t have enough money spare from my company to contribute to a pension.
What do you invest in for your pension?
Funds, ETFs, and direct equities.
Would you ever consider investing pension money in international stocks?
What is your investment objective/target pension pot or annual retirement income?
I am targeting an annual retirement income of £40,000.
As a SIPP holder, what advice would you give to anyone thinking of opening one?
Diversify your portfolio and have a mix of direct equity investments alongside funds or ETFs and compare the performance of them quarterly or every six months. If you are performing better through your own direct investments, why bother paying a fee for a fund to invest on your behalf?
Start saving for a pension as early as possible... and learn to live within your means while saving for your retirement
Do you have any pension savings tips?
Start as early as possible. First, you receive contributions from the government (free money). Second, you can build up a sizeable pot through lower contribution. Because the money is paid from your gross salary, you do not miss it and you learn to live within your means while saving for retirement.
How do you feel about your pension?
I didn’t think about it at an early stage. I had a workplace pension and I thought of it as a savings pot with money that I would never personally handle and so would not miss (as it was going out directly from my salary).
Is there anything relevant/significant that affects your attitude towards saving for the future?
I have a property portfolio, which will hopefully provide a good retirement income in addition to my pensions.
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Our expert’s view
Becky O’Connor writes...
Jatinder has built up a really solid pension pot and it’s great that he is still contributing. He’ll be able to access some of his pension in three years and at the point he accesses or ‘crystallises’ some of his pension, the amount he can contribute tax-free will fall to £4,000, some way below his current annual contributions of £10,000. So, this is something for him to bear in mind.
He has a good range of investments in his SIPP and knows what he is investing in. He also has a property portfolio for retirement income, but doesn’t mention ISAs. Income taken from ISAs is tax-free, so they might be something to consider as his target retirement income is £40,000, which, if it comes from pensions and buy-to-let property, will incur income tax.
Dzmitry Lipski suggests a fund which might interest an investor in their 50s
A more conservative investor could consider a cautious multi-asset fund to preserve their capital. Capital Gearing Trust (LSE:CGT) is a long-only, multi-asset portfolio of bonds, equities and property, with small holdings in infrastructure, gold, and cash.
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