/ Yet another pension question

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subtle 12 Jun 2019

Ok, trying to figure out how much I "need" in my pension pot for retirement - a broad question I know!

I read the following, and wonder if this is decent enough advice :- " However, a very rough rule of thumb is that for every £1,000 you have in a pension pot you should expect to get roughly £1 per week in income from age 65"

So, if my pension pot was £100K then I should get £100 per week?

And if it were £200K then that would be £200 per week?

Would that be decent enough guide for me to try and see if my retirement pot is needing topped up etc.

MG 12 Jun 2019
In reply to subtle:

If you take a pessimistic view that your savings/investments will cover inflation plus costs and no more, then your income simply becomes pot/years-expect-be-retired.  So if you have £100k and expect to be retired for 30 years, you will have an income of £64/week.

PaulW 12 Jun 2019
In reply to subtle:

Have a play with one of the online annuity rate calculators to see what they are offering 65 year olds with 100K right now. That will give you a starting point

Not saying an annuity is the best solution, though it may well be the safest long term

Eric9Points 12 Jun 2019
In reply to PaulW:

If you want to live off the interest and leave the capital to your children or the cat, the rule of thumb is that you can take 4% out a year.

That would give you about £80 a week.

Note that the state pension will give you about £8K a year. You can check how much you'll get on the government website if you haven't paid NI for significant lengths of time.

Post edited at 19:29
In reply to Eric9Points:

My work has a Fidelity Pension scheme and they have some tools that you might be able to utilise:


kaiser 12 Jun 2019
In reply to subtle:

Your rough figures are a reasonable guide I would say.  

You may eligible for the state pension too which is c.£130 p/w

Darron 12 Jun 2019
In reply to subtle:

Annuities have improved a little (still better options though). I noticed recently that £100k would get you £6000 a year.

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