Make the most of your Pension

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Make the most of your Pension

When does an extra €100 investment in your future only cost you €60*?

When you maximise your pension!

Saving for retirement has never been more important. Unless you put a retirement plan in place, your income could drop by nearly 67% when you retire!

The State Pension contributory is €11,9751, but the average industrial wage is €35,8742.

You need to save for your retirement to avoid a big drop in income.

As you already have a pension plan in place, you have taken the first step and are ahead of 42% of the population.

The next question you need to ask is “Am I putting enough aside to fund the type of retirement I want?”


“Am I doing enough to avoid a drop in income of nearly 67% when I retire?”

Due to generous tax relief on contributions, a €100 extra investment in your pension may only cost you €60, if you pay income tax of 40%.

Also, the sooner you increase your pension contribution, the longer the increased contribution has to potentially grow. This could make a significant difference to your retirement fund.

*Based on an individual paying income tax at 40%.

Revenue rules and terms and conditions apply.

Tax relief is not automatically granted, you must apply to and satisfy Revenue requirements.

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Important Assumptions

For the purpose of determining the term over which pension contributions are made, we have assumed your birthday was exactly six months ago.

If your target retirement age is lower than the age at which the Social Welfare pension commences (age 68 if you are born on/after 01/01/1961, age 67 if born before this date but on/after 01/01/1955 and age 66 if born before 01/01/1955) the calculations allow for funding for this gap, in addition to the cost of the annuity.

You are entitled to a full Social Welfare pension of €248.30 per week as at March 2019 which is assumed to increase by 2.5% per year.

You are saving for the difference between the Social Welfare pension and your target monthly income in retirement.

We have allowed for inflation of your target monthly income of 2.5% per annum between now and your retirement date.

Any other private pension provision you may have in place has not been taken into account.

Your monthly pension contribution increases by 2.5% each year up until your retirement age and is invested in a pension plan with an annual management charge of 1% and a 5% charge on each contribution, in line with the Standard PRSA fees and charges maximum limit.

A Gross Investment Return of 4.2% per annum on your savings. This is not a forecast because the value of your investment may grow at a faster or slower rate than assumed and the value of your investment may be expected to fall from time to time as well as rise.

On retirement you purchase an annuity which escalates at 1.5% each year, has a 5-year guarantee and is payable monthly in advance. The annuity rate assumes a post retirement interest rate of 2% per annum and no spouse’s pension. The actual annuity rate will depend on the selection of dependant’s pension, guaranteed period and the escalation rate, as well as interest rates prevailing when the annuity is purchased.


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