One of the biggest challenges, when the time comes for us to make this decision (age 55 onwards), is the lack of an easy “rule of thumb” to provide guidance.
The benchmark most used by advisers is the “4% rule”. That suggests that withdrawals of 4% per annum are, on average, likely to be sustainable throughout life. However other studies suggest that a 3% withdrawal rate is a better answer.
My issue with both of those studies is that none of us are the same and I rarely come across anyone who expects linear spending patterns in retirement. Most of us have great plans for the early years of retirement, which require an income stream which would not be sustainable forever, followed by a dip as we get older, and, for some, a surge later as we need more care.
The challenge, therefore, is how to manage a retirement pot, and the required withdrawals, over the rest of our lifetimes.
I feel very strongly that managing that pot, and the withdrawal strategy, is our responsibility and is not something which can, or should be, totally delegated to a financial adviser. You may be fortunate and have a relationship with an adviser who is a talented and genuine lifestyle financial adviser, but they are rare. What is more common is the adviser who is so concerned by the regulatory and compliance aspects of being an adviser that clients are put into neat boxes which can be easily audited rather than being treated as an individual. If you have been recommended to use a risk-rated investment fund that is probably the category your adviser fits into. You may be charged for personal service but that is not what you will be getting.
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