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Savers dangerously underestimating minimum cost of retirement

UK savers are dangerously underestimating the minimum amount needed to retire, according to research from pension provider PensionBee.

A survey of 1,000 working-age UK adults showed that 23% were unsure of the total pension pot size needed to achieve the retirement income they desire.

Pension Bee said that, according to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association's (PLSA) Retirement Living Standards, a pension pot of £150,000 would only fund an individual's minimum retirement standard for ten years. Pension Bee suggested that working-age adults could be underestimating the true cost of retirement.

49% of those polled estimated that they would require a pension pot of around £250,000 or more. However, Pension Bee found that there was a lack of clear consensus in regard to desired annual income in retirement.

Becky O'Connor, Director of Public Affairs at Pension Bee, said:

'It's hard to plan for retirement without an idea of how much you might need, yet most Brits seem to be unaware of - or worse, dangerously underestimate - the true cost of retirement.

'A good pension pot is one that can provide enough money for the duration of retirement. As this exact amount will vary based on individual circumstances, pension calculators can be a helpful tool in setting financial goals and adjusting behaviours to achieve them.

'However, one rule is broadly true: the earlier individuals start paying into a pension, the more likely they are to be able to afford their desired lifestyle, as their pension has longer to grow and the amount they're required to save each month reduces.'

Internet link: PensionBee

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