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Questions tagged [pension]

For questions related to pension, which are usually contracts to pay an individual a fixed sum after retirement from an organization or service.

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Why would someone who thought they will work until they die contribute to a pension plan?

One of the shocking graphs going round at the moment is from many millennials expect to work until they die: Now I'm a UK millennial who wants to retire early, however if I did think I were going to ...
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Can a person work after “retiring” and receiving a pension?

Can a person work after "retiring" and receiving a pension? For example, in Illinois public workers are eligible to "retire" at age 59 and receive 75% of their salary at the time. So, for example, a ...
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Pensions, why bother?

Ok this question is going to show my age, but its something I've been thinking about for a while and can't quite figure it out Why bother with a pension? I don't understand, why should I put away £...
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Pros & cons in Hungary of investing retirement savings exclusively in silver? What better alternatives, given my concerns?

For my retirement savings, my strategy is to buy a decent amount of silver (8% of my salary, roughly 1 month) every year to put away in coin form. I am currently investing in nothing else for the long ...
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Will the Windfall Elimination Provision reduce my Social Security?

I have recently changed careers after working for 20+ years outside of education, and now I'm being told I will never be able to access any of the SS dollars I have contributed because now my ...
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Is it worth having a pension?

I know this could be a duplicate of other questions here, but I think I have a different take on it which may be of interest to others in a similar frame of mind. Some background I'm self-employed ...
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Pension or Property: Should I invest in more properties, or in a pension?

I do not have a pension but have a rental property (which breaks even). Question is, do I invest in more properties or take out a pension ? I am worried if I go down the pension route I would lose ...
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Are UK pensions taxed twice?

I, like many, have a workplace pension. I pay taxes through PAYE and file a self assessment covering all other income. My understanding is that your personal pension pot is 25% tax free then you pay ...
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Housewife pension options

We live in the UK. I have a job and pay into a company provided pension (with the company then paying in some extra). My wife left her job a couple of years ago and is now a 'house wife' aka stay-at-...
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If I have a pension with my employer and then leave, is the pension mine to take with me?

Is the answer to this different if I choose to leave, versus if my employment is terminated? Are the funds my employer contributes towards my pension fund treated differently than the ones I ...
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How to take care of pension funds if career is spread over many different countries?

I am a young academic from The Netherlands presently working in Sweden. Due to the nature of modern Academia, I expect that within the next 40+ years, I will be working in many different countries ...
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Pensions, annuities, and “retirement”

I already knew about pensions, but I’ve just heard of annuities today. The DifferenceBetween.net article “Difference Between Annuity and Pension” says, A difference that can be seen between pension ...
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As a contractor, should I overpay my mortgage or contribute to a pension?

My specific situation is:- Early 30s Software contractor via a ltd company Resident in Scotland Higher-rate taxpayer Mortgage at ~5% (variable 4.5% above BoE), LTV about 75%. I'm allowed to overpay ...
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When should one use the new lifetime ISA in place of investing in pension?

Assuming that I am not interested in purchasing a flat using lifetime ISA, is it ever advantageous for me to put money into it in place of a pension? Since lifetime ISA gives 25% tax relief on ...
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Can I still claim my Hong Kong-based MPF pension if I move elsewhere?

I am 60 year old and I will not be living in hong kong in the future, would I still be able to claim back my mpf?
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Value of Pension in regards to salary negotiations

I've been advised from careers.stackexchange to post this question here as it's more financial than career advice. I've received a job offer from a company and I'm looking to make a strong counter-...
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How does the Pension system work in Poland?

I've been reading articles I found in chat about the Polish pension system and how it is changing. (Chat room: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/22/show-me-the-money) I'm trying to understand how ...
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How do I know if my UK workplace pension scheme is trustworthy?

In the UK, employers are required by law to automatically enrol most employees in a workplace pension. I've recently been autoenroled in such a scheme. However, I'm conscious of the fact that the ...
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Retirement - Annuity or not?

I have a pension worth around £150k and am due to retire soon. With the new pension rules in the UK, what would be some good options to maximise my income post-retirement? Annuity - I will be ...
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Are there any other considerations for bonus sacrifice into Pension (UK)

UK-based. I'll be receiving a Christmas bonus of somewhere in the range £6-11k. I have the option of sacrificing bonus directly into my pension fund, and I'm trying to check whether that's the right ...
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Can already-retired immigrants get Social Security or other payments from the U.S. government?

My parents are 83+, and became U.S. citizens back in 2001. They were born as Indian citizens. They moved to the USA after they retired in India. Will they be entitled to receive any monthly payments ...
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Consolidating company pensions

I am a 33 year old IT contractor and have 3 company pensions from previous employment over the years. I am looking in to consolidating my pensions and to start adding personal monthly contributions. ...
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Which is more advantageous: Lifetime ISA or SIPP?

I should preface that I am a self employed sole trader in my early twenties, and a basic rate taxpayer averaging somewhere between £28-32,000 per annum. The variation not only arises due to the nature ...
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Pensions - Where to start? (UK)

What are the key decisions that I need to make and what key information should I know before starting a Pension in the UK? I am 24 and living in the UK. I want, well more like should, start a pension ...
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What pension options are there for a 22 year old graduate in the UK?

Following graduation last July, I've managed to save quite a significant amount of 'emergency wonga', for those rainy days or, more likely, the catastrophic end to my job. Anyway, now that I have a ...
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New Pooled Registered Pension Plan details?

Does anybody have a good summary / commentary on the new Pooled Registered Pension Plans recently passed by the Canadian gov't? http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&...
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Can you change auto-enrollment pension provider? And what happens if you change jobs?

I'm trying to figure out if someone who has been auto-enrolled in a company pension scheme can change their pension provider. I opted out of the pension provided by my company because I couldn't ...
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Wandering EU worker: Pension / retirement fund if working in multiple countries?

I am European, always worked in Europe in many different countries, and I have pension funds scattered around all the old continent. The EU legal system does not allow pension fund transfer among ...
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Protection against loss of investments if a fund provider fails

What would happen to my pension or ISA investment in a fund (such as Vanguard LifeStrategy 60) if the provider of that fund failed and went out of business? I understand that FSCS protects against ...
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What is the best option for recent employee setting up a pension (UK)?

I have been a sole trader for a while and recently been employed full time, as part of the deal I have been promised an employer contribution pension but it is up to me to decide what to do. What are ...
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Divorce and Social Sec, Pension, and 401K

I am 65 while my spouse is 52. My spouse has been the sole breadwinner of the family and we've been married for 25 years If we were to get a divorce, can I start collecting now on my spouse's Social ...
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Evaluating a Job Offer: Defined Benefit Retirement vs 401K is the salary increase enough to make the move

I am currently enrolled in the NYS Employee Retirement System and would get up to 66% of my highest three years as a retirement pension. My current employer also contributes $2800 a year to my private ...
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Do pension pots get interest? [closed]

Pension pot is the money, the employee and sometimes the employer and the government pay that gets accumulated into pension fund. But my question is, that this pension fund is basically a bank ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for how much to save into your pension for retirement?

Pension sites often quote "Use our pension calculator to estimate the amount of pension income you could get when you retire. This will help you decide how much you need to save to get the retirement ...
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Suggested ways to save for a comfortable retirment in the UK given the lifetime allowance limits on pensions?

I've heard the rumor that this March's UK Budget will lower the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) from £1M to £800k or even less. They might index this for inflation. That seems to me to be a pretty low ...
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Is Pension Benefit Information (aboutmyletter.com) legitimate?

I received a letter in the mail from a company called Pension Benefit Information saying that they had been engaged by my former employer to confirm my current mailing address because I have a balance ...
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Should I combine all my pension pots?

I live in the UK. I have a private pension with Scottish Widows and a University pension which is superannuated. I no longer pay into the SW pension as a legacy of money difficulties in 2010 which are ...
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Can I transfer money from a personal pension to a SIPP, while leaving the original pension open?

As is fairly common in the UK with small-ish companies, my work has an agreement with a large pension provider to offer personal pensions to all employees. If you choose to open and pay into that ...
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Financial loan/pension jiggery pokery?

Without my asking my bank has offered me a £10,000 loan over 3 year at 3.8% APR fixed. They say that over 3 years the total amount payable will be £10,586.52. This sounds quite good VFM. On the other ...
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What does it mean if my firm's retirement pension (not 401K) plan is incrementally vested?

I'm beginning work at a firm with an incrementally vested retirement pension (not 401K) plan that is incrementally vested for 20% for each of the first five years. After five years, I'm 100% vested. ...
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Recovering Small Workplace Pension Pots

Like many professionals, the new 'standard' length of stay at any one company is around 2-3 years. I myself have moved a few times at the start of my career from one company to another, beginning ...
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What type of pension should I get?

I am in my mid 30s and am employed full time in the UK. I am currently in a company pension scheme with around 7k in it, but I'm about to start a new job and must leave the scheme. I have the option ...
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How safe/secure is the Universities Superannuation Scheme?

I don't know if this may be too broad, but I was hoping someone can give me some guidance. I don't know a huge amount about pension schemes (or finance for that matter!) but I have a job opportunity ...
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How to evaluate the value of a (state) pension

I read a few articles and posts about putting some money aside for retirement, but it was mostly for America/Canada where if I understand it right, you have to actively save your money in 401K/RRSP. ...
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Valuing a public sector pension

A common public sector pension structure in the UK is as follows You receive a payment each year from your pensionable age until you die. If you die before your partner, they receive a survivor ...
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I am a foreigner withdrawing a USA pension. Do I file a state tax return?

I am a citizen of a European country who worked a couple of years in the USA, then moved back to Europe. I withdrew my 401(a) pension last year as a lump sum and need to know how this is taxable. ...
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Over contributing to workplace pension or private pension

First of all, I am in the UK. Currently I pay the default salary deducted contribution (3%) into my workplace-provided pension, which is matched by my employer (the maximum they will match). I am in ...
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Young w/ pension plan: lump sum or annuity?

I've become fully vested in my company's pension plan, and I intend to quit in the near future to pursue other career options. It seems the pension scheme allows me to decide what to do with the ...
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Is accepting a pension cashout (either on retirement or termination of employment) better than an annuity?

After the vesting period, all funds my employer contributes to the pension fund on my behalf are listed as being "mine", and upon end of employment (retirement, voluntary termination, etc), I have the ...
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Pension LTA (Life Time Allowance) limit criteria

I've been reading about pensions and specifically the LTA (Life Time Allowance), and after spending days reading everything anyone has to say about it, the only thing I'm sure of is that there are ...