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How Much Income Will You Need in Retirement?

17 October 2013

The gradual introduction of pension auto enrolment and the forthcoming reworking of the state pension system will alter the pension landscape in the years ahead.  The DWP has been considering how it should gauge the impact of its measures on retirement incomes, something that you might have thought deserved attention a little earlier on in the reform process. The Department’s number crunchers have produced estimates of adequate retirement incomes as a proportion of pre-retirement incomes. The results are shown in the table below.

Pre-retirement

Earnings Band

Replacement Rate

%

Less than £12,200

80

£12,200 - £22,400

70

£24,400 - £32,000

67

£32,000 - £51,300

60

Over £51,300

50

 

If the earnings bands look rather strange, it is because the DWP has taken a short cut in deriving the table. Instead of starting from scratch, it just copied the income replacement rate table produced by the Pensions Commission in 2004 and updated it in line with the growth in earnings. The average increase in each band of around 28% is less than price inflation since 2004, based on the RPI, but just about matches CPI.

The DWP calculates that on the basis of its proposed replacement rates, 12.2 million people are still facing inadequate retirement incomes, even after its reforms kick in. It says that “Roughly half of these [12.2m] are within 20% of their target amount, with the remainder facing a more significant challenge. This is a particular issue for moderate and higher earners.”

The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

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