Over the hill? Over the limit? Overstated?
Why is it that, just as you’ve paid off your mortgage and you’re more financially settled and secure, that banks and other key financial institutions start looking at you differently?
Sure, you may be a little older, but chances are you’re also more financially secure. Perhaps you’re drawing down a company pension or annuity, which are after all, guaranteed forms of income. And you may have paid off your mortgage. So you’re not high risk. But why do many financial services companies insist on treating you that way and start limiting your options?
There are numerous ‘established wisdoms’ – or unhelpful, outdated stereotypes – that are up to be challenged around the over 55s.
- Over 55 is old and the over 55s are technophobes – Really? Many of the over 55s are the baby boomers, and people are generally living longer, more actively into later age groups. According to the ONS, since 2011, the 65 to 74 years age group has seen the largest increase in recent internet use, with 83% engaging online.* While banks report a significant surge in uptake of online banking, following lockdown.** And 70% of over 55s own smartphones.***
- When you retire equity release is inevitable – Is it? There are many decisions before you when you retire, and Equity Release remains a popular and important option, but as we’ll cover in our next article, it’s one that may be best taken after financial advice.
- Flexible pensions are always flexible – This may be true to a degree, but it’s not the full story. You may be able to draw down the sums you want from a flexible pension, but the implications to your remaining pension pot, your tax bill and the growth rate of your existing pension all need to be considered.
- You should always take your tax free cash from your pension – Again, your financial adviser may give you good reasons to delay and take your tax free lump sum when it will have the maximum benefit, or they might advise you to have a guaranteed income from an annuity. Flexible pensions have their benefits, but they have potential drawbacks too.
- Lending to over 55s is too risky – I think we’ve debunked that one already. Why wouldn’t institutions want to lend to people with significant assets and a guaranteed form of income? This could be from a pension, from a final salary scheme or an annuity.
free2, free thinking finance
At free2, we’re here to challenge these outdated depictions of the over 55s. As a dynamic new brand in financial services, we’re dedicated to creating new financial freedoms for people aged 55 and over. Our first offering – the Over 55s Unsecured Loan, provides people wishing to raise a lump sum with an alternative to spending their savings, withdrawing taxable amounts from their pensions or borrowing secured against their home.
If you’re going to plan your way forward, wouldn’t it help if you had a guide?
As part of our aim to help the over 55s learn and discover new information to help them plan financially for the years ahead, we’ve commissioned a new comprehensive publication; the Guide to managing money for the over 55s. Written by a Chartered Independent Financial Adviser, it covers pensions; homes, loans and mortgages; savings and investments; lifestyle and family goals.
Register with us and download your copy of the free thinking Guide to managing money for the over 55s.
Free2 Limited (trading as free2) is an Appointed Representative of RS Consumer Finance Limited (RSCF) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA). free2 is a credit broker, not a lender, and will only offer loans from RSCF – an offer of credit is subject to status and affordability. Example Loan: 60-year-old non-smoker, £30,000 over 10 years with fixed monthly payments of £359.05, interest rate 7.69% and an APR of 7.97%. Terms & Conditions apply.
* https://www.ons.gov.uk/businessindustryandtrade/itandinternetindustry/bulletins/internetusers/2019 and https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/life-after-50/tech-savvy-silver-surfers/
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