When planning for retirement a lot of the conversation is around starting a pension. But what happens after you retire? A pension is a way of saving for retirement but how do you translate that pension into an income in your retirement? What are your retirement options and do you understand them?

The first thing to know is that you can take a portion of your pension fund as a tax-free lump sum. The second is that you have two options – an ARF or an Annuity – to choose from using the balance to turn it into an income. Which option you choose is down to your own individual circumstances and preferences.

What is an ARF?

An ARF (Approved Retirement Fund) is a product that allows you to keep your money invested as a lump sum after you retire. This means you can manage your pension assets in whatever way you prefer and withdraw an income from the fund as you need it. Currently you must withdraw a minimum of 4% of the fund value each year. A big benefit of this type of personal retirement investment fund is that any balance remaining in your fund is payable to your estate after your death. ARFs were only introduced in 1999 but have been growing in popularity since then.

What is an Annuity?

An Annuity would have been the more traditional option at retirement to provide a stable income for the rest of a person’s life. It is a simple retirement payment option that guarantees to pay a particular amount every month in retirement. An annuity is purchased from an insurance company in exchange for the accumulated pension fund. There are a range of different annuity types and it’s important to ensure that the one you choose suits your needs.

Key differences

When considering your retirement options it’s important to understand the key differences between the two product types:

  1. At retirement, an annuity provides a guaranteed regular income for the rest of your life. An ARF allows you to remain in the investment market.
  2. You receive a regular pre-set income when you have an annuity but with an ARF you can withdraw funds whenever you wish (subject to minimum levels and tax).
  3. An annuity gives you a guaranteed income and removes the risk of stockmarket volatility that is associated with an ARF
  4. An annuity will cease once you die but an ARF generally passes to your estate.

Which is the best choice for me?

The answer to this question is down to your own personal circumstances including what other sources of income you may have and your attitude to risk. How you fund your retirement is a big decision and it is important to get advice on the different options and how they work. Just get in touch with us at Quintas Wealth Management if you’d like help in starting to consider your retirement options.

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    "I have been a client of Quintas Wealth Management since 2013 and have always found their process and approach to clients very professional As an accountant I feel this is of utmost importance when referring my clients to Quintas Wealth Management. "

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    "I originally engaged Anne and her team to assist with setting up my pension and retirement planning. However, I received far more than that and now have a much broader, well-thought out and organised financial plan that really gives me peace of mind."

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John Riordan | Director of Support | Shopify

I would like to express my thanks for the work you have done for me over the past years. The expertise and attention to detail with which you have handled my financial affairs could not be faulted. Particularly reassuring to me is the feeling of certainty in the absolute integrity of your dealings with us.

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Helen Down | Ballincollig

I have been dealing with Anne O’Doherty in Quintas Wealth Management for over 10 years, i would strongly recommend their services based on professionalism , friendly manner and a strong track record on investment performance.

3

Derek Goggin | Chief Financial Officer | Teamwork

Having dealt with Quintas Wealth Management over 6 years for protection, Investments and Pensions I would have no problem in recommending them based on their professional and efficient service.

4

Brian Robinson | CTO | Dataworks Limited

I have dealt with Anne O’Doherty in Quintas Wealth Management for the last 6 years and I would strongly recommend them based on their professional, efficient and friendly service and most importantly their track record with our investment portfolio.

5

John Boylan | Partner BDM Boylan Solicitors

I and clients of mine have availed of the excellent services of Quintas Wealth Management, led by Anne O’Doherty.

I have no hesitation in recommending Quintas Wealth Management.

6

Dr Rose Curtin | Elmwood Medical Centre

I have been dealing with Anne and her team in Quintas Wealth Management for the last 10 years . I would recommend Quintas Wealth Management because of their transparency on a range of investment ideas within my pension fund .i would have no hesitation in recommending their services.

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Dr Sean Mc Carthy | Dentist

I have been a client of Quintas Wealth Management since its establishment in 2005 and over the last 16 years the team have provided me with invaluable advice in a very efficient and professional manner.

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Aidan Mc Avinue | Accountant

I have been a client of Quintas Wealth Management since 2013 and have always found their process and approach to clients very professional
As an accountant I feel this is of utmost importance when referring my clients to Quintas Wealth Management.

9

Gino & Nicola Lee | Director | Parbo Limited

Protecting our family was at the forefront of our mind when we engaged with Quintas Wealth Management. What we came away with is a far more robust financial plan based on a complete analysis of our financial situation. We cannot thank the team enough for making this so easily to understand and complete.

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Monica Holland | Director | Cloghroe Pharmacy

I originally engaged Anne and her team to assist with setting up my pension and retirement planning. However, I received far more than that and now have a much broader, well-thought out and organised financial plan that really gives me peace of mind.

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Pat Mullins | Partner | BDM Boylan Solicitors LLP

We have had the pleasure of dealing with Quintas Wealth Management over the past year. Without doubt we feel we have benefitted from the most astute financial advice combined with exceptional customer service.

12

Peter Murphy | Director & General Manager | Apple Operations Limited

Anne O’Doherty has been our financial advisor for the past 6 years . she listens to our requirements and our long-term goals and has provided us with a comprehensive plan of action. Anne has always offered sound financial advice based on our investment objectives as well as our personal needs.

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