Pensions for Beginners

What is a pension?

A Pension, simply put, is a long-term savings plan to build up a lump sum of money for you to live off in retirement.

Why should I save into a pension?

To ensure you can live comfortably in retirement, as the state pension alone may not allow you to do so. Most experts suggest that you need a pension of at least half your pre-retirement income to live comfortably in your retirement years.

Tax relief is another reason to save into a pension. You will receive income tax relief on contributions made to your pension. This means if you pay tax is 20% a €200 pension contribution each month will only cost you €160 after tax. If you pay tax at 40%, a €200 contribution will only cost you €120 after tax

State pension ticking time bomb

The State Pension is paid out of taxes collected by Revenue, and currently there are five workers to every one person over the age of 65. However, by the year 2051 this will fall to just 2.3 people for every one person over...

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ARF - Approved Retirement Fund

Pension Terminology

Risk Level – Each fund has a risk level attached to it which is a guide on how risky the fund is. A higher number means a higher risk fund and a lower number means a lower risk fund. A higher risk fund will give you more potential for investment growth. The scale is generally 1 to 7.

Approved Retirement Fund – A type of post-retirement product also known as an ARF.

Approved Minimum Retirement Fund – A type of post-retirement product also known as an AMRF. The requirement to have an AMRF was recently abolished in the 2022 Finance Bill. Existing AMRF policies will automatically become ARF policies with effect from 01/01/2022.

What is a ARF?

An ARF gives you more control over how your retirement fund is managed. An ARF allows you to remain invested in the market with the ability to control your investment and take a flexible income in retirement.

Who can get an ARF?

The only people able to avail of this type of fund are those who have retired or...

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Buy Out Bond

Pension Terminology

Risk Level – Each fund has a risk level attached to it which is a guide how risky the fund is. A higher number means a higher risk fund and a lower number means a lower risk fund. A higher risk fund will give you more potential for investment growth. The scale is generally 1 to 7.

Buy Out Bond – A type of retirement product also known as a Personal Retirement Bond

Contributions – These are the payments you pay into the pensions fund. In the case of a Buy out Bond, the only contribution allowed is the transfer from your previous employment. No further contributions are allowed to a Buy out Bond.

What is a Buy Out Bond?

A Buy Out Bond (BOB) which can also be known as a Personal Retirement Bond, is policy that is set up by trustees of a pension scheme to provide retirement benefits for a former member of the scheme. It basically means that if you leave a pension scheme, you can bring your pension benefits with you and take control over it by having...

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Executive Pensions

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Pension Terminology

Risk Level – Each fund has a risk level attached to it which is a guide how risky the fund is. A higher number means a higher risk fund and a lower number means a lower risk fund. A higher risk fund will give you more potential for investment growth. The scale is generally 1 to 7.

Tax Relief – Is a tax deduction on your pension contributions. It is an incentive to encourage people to save into their pensions.

Contributions – These are the payments you pay into the pensions fund they can be made in lump sums or recurring monthly premiums.

What is an Executive Pension?

An Executive Pension is a pension set up by a Limited Company for the benefit of the Directors/Employees of the company. The pension is set up under a trust with professional Trustees appointed.

With an Executive Pension both employees and employers can make contributions. The ultimate value of your pension plan will depend on the contributions that have been made over the years and...

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Personal Pension Explained

Pension Terminology

Risk Level – Each fund has a risk level attached to it which is a guide how risky the fund is. A higher number means a higher risk fund and a lower number means a lower risk fund. A higher risk fund will give you more potential for investment growth. The scale is generally 1 to 7.

Tax Relief – Is a tax deduction on your pension contributions. It is an incentive to encourage people to save into their pensions.

Contributions – These are the payments you pay into the pensions fund they can be made in lump sums or recurring monthly premiums.

What is a Personal Pension?

A Personal Pension is an account you can use to save for your retirement. You can make lump or recurring payments into a Personal Pension, and these are usually tax deductible. A Personal Pension can be invested into different types of funds with different risk levels (higher risk means a better chance of high returns but a higher chance of losing your money and lower risk means lower...

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PRSAs (Personal Retirement Savings Account)

Pension Terminology

PRSA – Personal Retirement Savings Account (which is a type of pension).

Risk Level – Each fund has a risk level attached to it which is a guide how risky the fund is, a higher number mean a higher risk and a lower number means a lower risk. The scale is generally 1 to 7.

Tax Relief – Is a tax deduction on your pension contributions. It is an incentive to encourage people to save into their pensions.

Contribution – These are the payments you pay into the pensions fund they can be made in lump sums or recurring.

What is a PRSA?

A PRSA is an account you can use to save for your retirement. You can make lump or recurring payments into a PRSA, and these are usually tax deductible. A PRSA can be invested into different types of funds with different risk levels (higher risk means a better chance of high returns but a higher chance of losing your money and lower risk means lower returns but less chance of the fund decreasing.)

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Financial Tips For 50 Year Old's

For most people by the time, they have reached 50 years of ages they have experienced most of their major expenses such as a mortgage, a wedding and having children. We’re not saying that all major expenses are now non-existent as you may still have children’s college expenses, a new car etc. Everyone is different and has different goals and responsibilities at different stages of life.

In this blog we’ve picked tips that we believe will be most relevant to people in their 50’s but if you don’t see what you’re looking for here be sure to look at our previous blogs. We’ve covered different milestones for different age categories throughout our previous blogs.

 

  1. Review Your Pension

The retirement age in Ireland to receive the state pension is currently set at 66 which if your currently 50 means you’ve about 16 years before you can claim it. If you do not have a private pension, it’s never too late to start to try and provide...

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What should I do with my money in my 40's?

Retirement

No one really likes getting older but it is a fact of life and realistically you need to plan for the day that you eventually get to retire, ride off into the sunset and enjoy your golden years. If you’re in your 40’s you’ve still got 20 years before your retirement and you still have a decent amount of time to plan for it.

If you don’t have a pension it might be time to look into it. If you do have one reviewing it now may ensure you maximise its efficiency.

Housing

There are two elements to this part. You either own a house currently or you don’t. Either way planning for your future accommodation needs is important. Renting is becoming more common place it’s quite expensive to rent for your lifetime especially in densely populated areas. If renting long term is not for you then looking at buying a house might be the solution.

If you currently own and a house and have a mortgage you should review it every 2 to 3 years to ensure you are...

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What should I do with my money in my 30's?

1: Get Rid of Bad Debt:

This step will be very relevant to anyone looking to get a mortgage, as bad debt makes it much harder (if not impossible) to acquire one. The highest rate of interest you will pay is on short term debt and credit cards which is a major drain on cash flow. Interest rates on short term loans including car loans can really eat away at your income and with some credit cards carrying a rate of 20% these unpaid bills can very quickly add up. The first step in any financial plan should be to work on clearing this debt and as your cashflow improves you will find it easier to save.

2: Build up An Emergency Fund:

This will often be known as a rainy-day fund and is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a fund that you have in case of emergency because unfortunately emergencies happen and no matter how good you’re at budgeting you can’t plan for everything. This money should be kept in an easy access savings account. These accounts offer very...

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4 Financial Habits to start in your 20’s.......or any age

1. Budget

Perhaps the most obvious piece of advice, this is something many people avoid at all costs – literally. But creating a budget is nothing more than exerting your own control over the financial side of your life in a mindful way. Sit down with an excel spreadsheet (or any planner) and enter your costs and incomes, within an hour you’ll be done.

Don’t look at this as an exercise to limit yourself but rather to enable your future self.

2. Save (surprising tip)

Just 50% of Irish people save regularly. If you’re part of the 50% who don’t save regularly there’s no better time to start than the present. It doesn’t mean putting €500 a month away but rather put anything that you can afford away into a savings account. By getting into a routine of saving you can eventually begin to save more and more. Creating a good habit of saving is the hard part.

3. Set realistic goals

Setting high goals seems great in theory but much like a new...

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