For baby boomers, retirement is quickly approaching. With retirement, come several questions as to how retirement can be funded, how the lifestyle to which consumers have grown accustomed can be maintained even after the working years have ended. However, there are options available to consumers, including baby boomers that are looking for ways to retire comfortably and quickly. Two of the most prevalently used options available to baby boomers are annuities and equity release schemes, both of which could potentially help consumers retire comfortably and on their terms. Between both of these retirement options, each consumer should be able to find a way to retire that fits their individual and unique needs.
There are several different types of annuities available to consumers, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. However, most of them operate similarly in that the consumer trades in their pension savings in return for income that is guaranteed for the rest of their life. The income is guaranteed and relies most substantially on the pension savings that has been accrued by the consumer. Once the consumer has chosen their annuity, no alterations may be made. That is to say that the consumer needs to ensure that they are making the right decision when they choose their annuity. With so many options available, the choice can be challenging but it can also be worthwhile in that it guarantees a certain level of income for a predetermined period of time, most often the lifetime of the insured.
Equity release schemes are another options available to baby boomers, and any other consumers who are nearing their retirement years. Equity release schemes are available to those UK homeowners who are aged 55 or older. The purpose of the scheme is to allow the consumer to receive tax-free cash from the value of their home. This cash can be spent however the consumer sees fit. It works best for those consumers or baby boomers who are looking for a tax-free lump sum to help fund retirement, the ability to release cash whenever most needed, or the freedom to spend cash independently.
Regardless of how baby boomers choose to fund their retirement, whether it be through equity release mortgages, annuities, or other investment strategies, they should always consult with a financial adviser before investing in any particular strategy in order to ensure that the decision is the best one possible for each baby boomer’s individual and unique retirement needs.